SC State University Nursing Program Students Make Significant Progress

Friday, March 8, 2013

The state of South Carolina Board of Nursing made a modification to their July 26, 2012 ruling regarding SC State’s Nursing Program, which allowed all current juniors and seniors to move forward in the Nursing Program. This modification ruling gave them an opportunity to meet the following requirements: scoring at the national average on ATI nursing assessment tests and passing of nursing courses with a grade of 80 or better. Students not meeting these criteria and/or policies of the Nursing Program will not progress in nursing. 

During the fall 2012 semester, there were 51 seniors and 55 juniors studying nursing.  SC State University is happy to report that the vast majority of nursing students met the criteria established by the state of South Carolina Board of Nursing and the SC State Nursing Program. Upon completion of nursing courses and associated ATI scores, 47 seniors (92 percent) and 47 juniors (85 percent) are progressing.  Faculty and adjunct faculty in the Nursing Program, and our community partners should be commended for their dedication to our students and the program.  We also want to recognize the nursing students as most of them exceeded the national average, scoring greater than a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and ATI scores at level two or above. 

“We are proud of the hard work and dedication exhibited by those in our nursing program, especially our students,” stated Dr. Warrick, interim president of SC State University. We thank them for exemplifying academic excellence during this process and we would like to thank the state of South Carolina Board of Nursing for giving us the opportunity to demonstrate progress toward our renewed commitment of excellence.  We also want to acknowledge and thank the assistance provided by the Regional Medical Center (TRMC) and the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OC Tech) Nursing Program; without their support these outcomes would not have been possible,” she continued.