The FMU Nursing Program 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.

An education in nursing is an excellent career choice. 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 BSN, MSN, or DNP degrees in South Carolina. Read more in the Dean’s welcome address.

Explore Our Academic Programs

BSN (Pre-Licensure)

For students who don’t yet have a nursing license.


For nurses interested in furthering their education.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Practice-oriented terminal degree program.


Master’s degree program for advanced practice primary care practitioners.

MSN/Nurse Educator

Master’s degree program for nurse educators. (Also available: Post-Master’s NE Certificate)


New – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Now accepting applications.


New – Adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program. Coming soon.

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). The baccalaureate and master’s programs are accredited through Spring 2020. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is a candidate for accreditation by ACEN. See accrediting body contact information below. The program’s accreditation status can be viewed using the link below.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

The Baccalaureate degree in nursing (pre-licensure, RN-BSN), Master’s degree in nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP) at Francis Marion University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Student Achievement Outcomes

BSN Program Outcomes
NCLEX-RN pass rates, job placement rates, and completion rates

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

DNP Program Outcomes
Certification exam pass rates, job placement rates, and completion rates

Student achievement outcomes were last updated February 11, 2020.