The Francis Marion University Nursing Program, within the School of Health Sciences, prepares graduates to function competently as caring professional nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. The program endeavors to instill in students the value of lifelong learning.

BSN Degree

For pre-nursing students, we offer the BSN program. The program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing. The nursing portion of the program takes two years to complete and once students graduate, they are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

RN to BSN Program

For nurses interested in furthering their education.

RN to BSN for Veterans

An innovative degree program designed specifically for veterans.

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

The program prepares Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to work as primary care practitioners. BSN-prepared registered nurses (RNs) are given access to a high quality graduate education in order to serve the healthcare needs locally and beyond.

MSN Nurse Educator

This fully online program prepares the graduate to serve as a nurse educator in the academic as well as clinical practice area.

Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate

For MSN students or graduates who are interested in serving in an academic or clinical nurse educator role. This program also qualifies students to apply for national certification after successful completion of the required courses.

Welcome Address from the Dean of the School of Health Sciences

Dr. Ruth Wittmann-PriceWelcome to Francis Marion University (FMU) Nursing Department, and thank you for visiting our website!  An education in nursing is an excellent career choice because it is predicted that the nursing shortage will continue and be significant in the future. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports predict a 29% shortage of nurses by the year 2020 (McNeil, 2010). In the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, healthcare organizations are in need of nurses and hire many FMU graduates.

Nursing is a versatile profession that encompasses many career options and pathways, and the nursing program at FMU can assist you in receiving one of the best Baccalaureates of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees in South Carolina. The BSN is the sought after degree for nurses because of the scientific knowledge explosions in the field of health and current research that demonstrates that BSN nurses improve patient outcomes (Aiken, 2003). We also offer two graduate Master of Science degrees: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator, as well as a Post-Masters, three-course, Nurse Educator Certificate. We are eager to tell you about our state-of-the-art nursing programs that are growing every semester. The growth we are experiencing is not only in student population but also in technological resources and innovative curricular design. The nursing faculty at FMU has extensive experience in teaching, and they are all well-versed in active teaching/learning strategies and current nursing practice.

The nursing programs are housed in two beautiful new buildings. The Frank B. Lee Nursing Building on the main campus is fully equipped with a 24-bed skills laboratory, four beautiful classrooms, and conference rooms. The Carter Center for Health Sciences, which is in downtown Florence, is home to our high tech mannequins and our interprofessional simulation center, as well as graduate classrooms and meeting spaces. The Nursing Program offers students excellent clinical sites for practice in area hospitals, out-patient, long-term care, and community facilities. The students, staff, and faculty of the FMU Nursing Program pride ourselves on being an integral and vital part of the larger Pee Dee community.

Besides being able to offer students a stimulating learning environment, the Nursing Programs at FMU have tranquil space for students to study, socialize, and network. Please come visit and experience the energy, caring, and commitment of the students and faculty for yourself. We know you will want to join us in our mission to promote futuristic, quality care to the population of the Pee Dee region and beyond!


Dr. Ruth Wittmann-Price, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN
Dean, School of Health Sciences
Director, Healthcare Administration
Professor of Nursing

NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education: Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty 2016 - 2020

FMU’s Nursing program was recognized as an NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education in 2016.
Read our press release: FMU nursing program named a national “Center of Excellence”

Program Accreditation

The BSN, RN to BSN, and MSN tracks in the Francis Marion University Nursing program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as NLNAC. The program received its initial accreditation in February, 2006. The program recently was awarded accreditation through Spring 2019. See accrediting body contact information below. The program’s accreditation status can be viewed using the link below.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Student Achievement Outcomes

Pre-licensure BSN Student Outcomes
NCLEX-RN pass rates, job placement rates, and completion rates

RN to BSN Student Outcomes
Job placement rates and completion rates

MSN/FNP Student Outcomes
Certification exam pass rates, job placement rates, and completion rates

MSN/Nurse Educator Student Outcomes
Certification exam pass rates, job placement rates, and completion rates
Please note that the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam is voluntary and not required.