Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Department of Nursing and Health Professions, consistent with the USCB mission exists to prepare competent and safe professional nurses to serve in local, regional and national settings, using concepts, care strategies, and techniques to deliver patient/client-centered nursing services as a member of the discipline and the interprofessional health care team.

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  • Program Goals
  • Competencies

The USCB Department of Nursing and Health Professions endorses the goals of Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice as delineated in The Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008, p. 12) and the pre-licensure competencies of the Institute for Quality and Safety Institute for Nurses.

Accordingly, the baccalaureate program prepares the graduate to:

  • Incorporate quality, safety and evidence-based care into the practice of nursing.
  • Exhibit sound clinical judgment.
  • Be effective communicators and collaborators within the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  • Assume leadership roles.
  • Promote patient-centered care.
  • Use information and technology to communicate and manage knowledge to support decision-making.
  • Provide safe, quality, collaborative, and evidence-supported care in entry-level nursing positions across settings and in interprofessional teams.
  • Identify clinical problems, administer therapeutic interventions, and evaluate outcomes for individuals, families, and communities in need of professional nursing services.
  • Engage in high stakes communication that conveys knowledge of medical practice and clinical informatics, priorities and urgency for care within the scope and functions of licensure, willingness to advocate for the client/patient, adheres to ethical practice, and respect for interprofessional relationships.
  • Advance professional and organizational standards that impact patient populations by leading quality improvement and change management initiatives; influences access-to-care, cost effectiveness, and quality through policy interpretation and advocacy.
  • Demonstrate caring ideals that are culturally-sensitive, respect socio-economic differences, and honor client/patient and family variations and life preferences.
  • Incorporate the facile use of patient care and information technologies to advance relationship-centered care and population health strategies.


Average class size leading to enhanced teacher-student engagement
High-fidelity simulation experiences in each clinical course 
Clinical immersions in the last semester to prepare for entry into practice
Open Doors
What are our graduates doing now?
Graduate Schools
Career Paths
  • Nursing opportunities:
    Public and community health settings
    Long-term care facilities
    Correctional medicine facilities
    Veterans Administration facilities
  • Military health-care facilities Additional educational opportunities
  • Graduate school for advanced nursing degrees
Graduate Schools
Graduate Schools
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of South Carolina
Graduate Schools
  • Tenet Health System (Coastal Carolina Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital)
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Memorial Health University Medical Center
  • United States Army Nurse Corps
  • Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services
  • San Diego County (California) Health Department

Joyce Cheung
“All of my professors took such an interest in my personal development — that, combined with the real world experience I received, really helped me feel prepared to take on any challenge.”
Joyce Cheung
Biology Major, Class of 2017