Your Future in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in nursing degree at Charleston Southern offers two program options — a four-year traditional BSN and a 16-month accelerated BSN. The BSN program is committed to the undergraduate education of a professional nurse who integrates Christian values into the practice of nursing. Graduates are prepared for professional practice in a variety of healthcare settings and for continued professional development and graduate study.

CSU graduates of the BSN are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurse practice. The program has a 94% 10-year average NCLEX-RN pass rate — currently the highest rate of all accredited BSN programs in the state of South Carolina.

The baccalaureate nursing program at Charleston Southern University at the Charleston campus located in Charleston, South Carolina is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 1400
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The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by ACEN regarding this program here

College of Nursing


Nursing: it's a calling

This major provides relevant content and practical application to today’s careers in nursing. This major has experienced professors who teach a faith integration component and offers clinical hours at some of the finest hospitals in the state and in the region.

As a Nursing major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Foundations of Nursing
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Clinical Application of Pharmacological Concepts
  • Adult Health
  • Genetics in Nursing

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Nurse
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Leader
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Researcher 

You can choose from these emphases.

The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Charleston Southern University is a four-year program. The first year focuses primarily on general education and the sciences, while the following three years dive deep into nursing and clinical experiences. Students receive experiential learning from the start, with human patient simulators in CSU labs, as well as real-life clinical experience in various hospital and community agencies in the Lowcountry.

Students may enter the program as freshmen, transfers or with a change of major by the sophomore year. This is a highly competitive program, and the Charleston Southern BSN program has held a top state ranking with NCLEX pass rates.



The 16-month-long accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) is designed for those with a minimum of 58-60 credit hours of previous college credit or an earned bachelor’s degree in another field to become a Registered Nurse. This concentrated program will prepare you to meet the healthcare needs of a diverse society. Classes will be offered online and in person. Labs will be held on CSU’s campus on weekday evenings and clinical rotations will be in Charleston area hospitals on weekends.

Students interested in applying to the accelerated nursing program must first apply to Charleston Southern University for admission as a transfer student. While completing prerequisite requirements, you will enroll in the College of Nursing as a prenursing student. Charleston Southern has a revolving admission policy, and you may be admitted to the university to begin prerequisite coursework in the fall, spring or summer. Prerequisites do not have to be completed by the application deadline, but by the start of classes in August.

Admission to the accelerated BSN program is selective and competitive. Up to 20 students are admitted for the fall semester.



CSU College of Nursing students in the skills lab treating simulation mannequins.

The College of Nursing

The College of Nursing at CSU is committed to the education of professional nurses who integrate Christian values into the practice of nursing.

The College of Nursing building and Wingo Hall at Charleston Southern University.
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Derry Patterson Wingo Hall

The building houses College of Nursing classrooms, an auditorium, labs and faculty offices. The nursing building expansion houses classrooms, computer, nursing, clinical and skills labs, conference rooms, faculty and student lounges, skills work rooms, simulation labs, debriefing rooms, a home health suite and faculty offices. Named for Derry Patterson Wingo.

Nursing is a very spiritual field of work. I’m excited to see CSU offering so many health care courses that prepare their graduates for careers.

Karrie Powell ’01 / nursing / Chief Nursing Officer, Summerville Medical Center

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