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Admissions Information

MSN Admission Requirements

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program prepares you to provide direct patient management in acute and complex care settings, skills that are in high demand with rising patient acuity and a growing elderly population.

The primary care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares you to provide primary health care across the patient lifespan.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program prepares you to provide holistic, mental health care integrating neuroscientific principles of behavior, experience and psychopharmacology with psychotherapy, consultation and trauma-related care across the patient lifespan.

The Nursing Administration program prepares you to manage the delivery of nursing and healthcare services across diverse healthcare settings.

The Nursing Education program prepares you to function as an academic or clinical nurse educator across various program levels and settings.

 The Nursing Informatics program prepares you to identify and manage health care data to support clinicians and patients in decision making and improve health outcomes

 Our new Master’s Entry to Practice Nursing (MEPN) will prepare non-nurse baccalaureate prepared individuals to enter the nursing profession as master’s degree graduate

MSN Frequently Asked Questions

 

CGS Admission Requirements

Certificate of Graduate Study in Advanced Practice Nursing (already certified as an APRN) Students pursuing the Certificate of Graduate Study in Advanced Practice Nursing who are certified, practicing and meet the LACE components as Advanced Practice Nurses may not be required to take one or all these courses.  Determination will be done after admission via GAP Analysis.^

  • The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares the nurse to provide health care services to acutely ill adults and gerontology patients with complex health problems.
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares the nurse to provide primary health care across the lifespan.
  • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares the nurse to provide psychiatric mental health services to clients/patients across the lifespan in various settings.

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Certificate of Graduate Study in Advanced Practice Nursing (non-APRN) 

  • The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares the nurse to provide health care services to acutely ill adults and gerontology patients with complex health problems.
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares the nurse to provide primary health care across the lifespan.
  • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares the nurse to provide psychiatric mental health services to clients/patients across the lifespan in various settings.
The Certificate of Graduate Study Nursing Administration program prepares the nurse to be a key leader in health organizations.

The Certificate of Graduate Study Nursing Education prepares the MSN or Doctoral graduate to serve in the academic or clinical nurse educator roles.

The Certificate of Graduate Studies Nursing Informatics program prepares you to identify and manage health care data to support clinicians and patients in decision making and improve health outcomes

CGS Frequently Asked Questions

 

DNP Admission Requirements

The DNP program at South Carolina prepares you to become an advanced practice nurse or take on a leadership role. Through online classes and select on-campus immersions, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to implement evidence-based practices and system-wide changes to improve patient outcomes. The DNP program has two entry points depending on prior educational experience: (1) Students with a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree and (2) students with a master's degree in nursing.

If you enter as a BSN-prepared student, you may choose to earn one of three DNP degrees with a clinical concentration: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). If you are a post-master’s student with a certificate in advanced practice nursing, you may expand on your APRN role with the advanced practice DNP (no concentration). All DNP clinical concentration APRN graduates develop skills to assess research and evaluate outcomes to improve patient care.

The Nurse Executive Leadership concentration is open to both BSN and master’s-prepared applicants.

If you are a post-master’s student with a certificate in advanced practice nursing, you may expand on your APRN role with the advanced practice DNP (no concentration). All DNP clinical concentration APRN graduates develop skills to assess research and evaluate outcomes to improve patient care.

The Nurse Executive Leadership concentration is open to both BSN and master’s-prepared applicants.

DNP GAP Analysis

A GAP Analysis will be done upon admission into the DNP program to assess the clinical hours completed while in a masters or post BSN certificate program.  All DNP students must meet the 1000 post BSN clinical hours in order to be eligible for graduation with a DNP degree.  The Program Director will be responsible for completing the gap analysis.  Every effort will be made to ensure that upon graduation fromthe University of South Carolina, students meet the criteria for certification and licensure int he appropriate specialty area as know at the time of admission. All courses will need to meet the time to graduation outlined by the Graduate School.

DNP Frequently Asked Questions

 

Change of Program or Major

After the student has been admitted to an MSN, CGS, or DNP program, the program or major may be changed. Both the existing Program Director and the Program Director from the “new” program must approve this transfer. Some graduate programs require essays and/or interviews; this is up to the discretion of the “new” program.  Requests will be evaluated on a space available basis and may require a delay in the program of study.   

If both Program Directors approve the transfer, the Update Request Form (URF) must be submitted to the Graduate School.   Along with Update Request Form, current students will submit new recommendations and updated goal statement for the new program requested.  Students who missed a semester will also need to submit an updated nursing license and update CastleBranch information.  There may be additional program specific requirements.  (Alert: submission of this form puts a hold on registration and suspends the existing program of study.)


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