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History of USCB Nursing Program

Founding Chancellor, Dr. Jayne Upshaw had the vision to recognize the need for a BSN program in the region to promote the health and well-being of residents of the lowcountry. She championed the effort and found the region was eager to assist in helping her achieve that vision. Through generous donations from Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, Hilton Head Island Foundation, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Margaret and Wes Jones, and Dr. Jack and Mary Ellen McConnell, the BSN program was launched.

In 2007, the RN to BSN program enrolled its first students, graduating in 2009, the same year the pre-licensure BSN was approved and enrolled its first students. Our graduates not only work in the surrounding region, but all over the country, meeting the complex needs of patients and families in an ever-changing healthcare environment. Today, the BSN program continues to grow at the Bluffton campus, developing new and innovative ways to educate future nurses.