Building a Strong Health Care Workforce

Those who are involved in the health care field know South Carolina has a huge shortage of mental health care providers. The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is doing what it can to help and so is the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. More than 9,300 nurses have graduated from the College of Nursing. The College of Nursing is the state's first nationally accredited undergraduate nursing program. In 2016, U.S. News and World Report listed the school as the top online nursing graduate program in its Best Online Education Programs ranking. The school even beat Johns Hopkins University. Enrollment in 2015 included 3,620 undergraduate and graduate students, and 1,400 graduates from different program levels.

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USC College of Nursing: Providing Quality Care

The Foundation helps the School of Nursing by providing grants to students. These grants help alleviate strains from the nursing shortage and mental health provider shortage in the state. It's important, since 30 percent of the population lives in an area short of mental health professionals.

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USC College of Nursing: Looking Forward

Because of our grants, the School of Nursing received 79 applications in 2015. Of those, 36 students were accepted and enrolled into the mental health program during the first year of the grant. This exceeded the goal of 20-25 enrollees. Four rural students are receiving scholarship funds. Two others are eligible and plan to attend in fall of 2016.The six working in underserved rural areas could assist 7,200 patients per year.

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