Claflin Plans to Be First HBCU in State to Offer Graduate Degree in Nursing

Claflin University is planning this year to launch a graduate nursing program and a climate change focus for its graduate biotechnology program.

The university also intends to introduce a graduate and undergraduate certificate program in a new center for artificial intelligence, according to university Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Karl Wright.

Nursing students attending Claflin will be able to receive a master of science in nursing in fall 2020 as the university introduces the program into its degree portfolio, Wright told those gathered for the quarterly meeting of The One Orangeburg County Initiative.

“There is a great need for graduate-level nurses in South Carolina,” Wright said, citing a university-commissioned research study. “They will help meet the nursing needs in the rural communities that are underserved by the health care profession.”

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