UNION — After a long wait, USC Union is finally offering a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing (BSN) degree. Starting in the fall semester of 2018, freshmen will begin prerequisite courses toward their BSN, and if accepted as an upper level nursing student, will be able to enter clinicals in the second semester of their sophomore year.
“Two and half years ago, I was told that USC Union needed a nursing program,” said Dr. Catalano, the dean of USC Union, “We were the only USC campus without a nursing program, and Union has lost a lot of nursing students through the years because of it.”
Changes are already taking place for the addition of the new nursing program on campus. Additional science courses will be added to the curriculum, a new director of nursing will come on board this summer. Additional science and nursing faculty members will be hired. The campus will need more classroom and office space. USC Union will be able to lease the 320 E Main Street building from Union County for the next 25 years.
“The county has been very generous with the expansion of this program,” said Catalano.
The Union County Healthcare Foundation (UCHCF) and USC Union are partnering to enhance healthcare in Union County. UCHCF donated $25,000 to the USC Union nursing program.
“As the University of South Carolina Union grows, the Union County Health Care Foundation is proud to be a part of that growth,” said Chris Woodson, chairmen of the Foundation Board. “We, as a Foundation, are extremely proud to support local entities that will be of great benefit to healthcare in Union County.”
The USC Union’s demand for nursing students will supply Union County’s healthcare system with more registered nurses.
“We are excited about the Nursing Program at USC Union and the major impact it will have on Union County,” said Woodson.