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Welcome From the Dean

School of Nursing

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Welcome students, alumni, and community partners to the School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Part of the University of South Carolina system, our beautiful campus is in historic Aiken, SC. Although more than 3500 students attend our University, we are proud of the close knit community created by small class sizes and personalized attention afforded to each and every student. USC Aiken is rated as one of the top 50 regional universities in the South according to U.S. News & World Report and in the top 25 colleges for Veterans.

The School of Nursing at USC Aiken grew from a two-year associate degree to a RN-BSN program in 1985 and later a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in 2000. Both programs continue today with more than 300 BSN and RN-BSN students enrolled and more than 3700 alumni. Identified as a College of Distinction, our nursing program is ranked the 3rd best in South Carolina.

The esteemed faculty are committed to preparing the next generation of nurses capable of providing quality, evidence-based care to individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally, and globally. To achieve this, we maintain a state-of-the-art simulation lab and collaborate with local and state partners to maximize diverse learning opportunities. First-time NCLEX pass rates for our BSN graduates consistently exceed those reported in South Carolina and across the United States. This means that our graduates are highly sought after by agencies around South Carolina, Georgia, and nationally.

Thank you for your interest in USC Aiken’s School of Nursing. Our graduates are positively impacting health outcomes in South Carolina and worldwide. You can be a part of the USC Aiken School of Nursing legacy. I invite you to browse the website for an overview of our nursing programs and schedule a visit to our campus. Make sure to follow us on social media, too. Go Pacers!

Katie A. Chargualaf PhD, RN, CMSRN, CNE, FAAN
Interim Dean, School of Nursing