Visualization Details

South Carolina Healthcare Workforce Education Dashboard

This series of interactive dashboards displays information about health professions graduates from South Carolina educational institutions from 2011 to 2021.


  1. Use the tabs above the visualization to navigate between dashboards.
  2. To filter a dashboard by health profession type, use the "Program Type" dropdown menu. You may select a profession from the dropdown menu or use the "Enter search text" field to search for a profession. When you have selected a program type, its definition will appear in the footnotes below the data table.
  3. To download data or graphics, or to share on social media, use the icons at the bottom of the dashboard.

What does this dashboard show?

This dashboard shows the number of students graduating from South Carolina health professions education programs between 2011-2021. Data are displayed by program type (degree, profession title) and type of institution (publicly or privately funded), and are available for total graduates, graduates by race/ethnicity, and graduates by gender. Data are displayed as line graphs, with the corresponding data table below.

Why is this information important, and how can it be used?

New entrants into the healthcare workforce are one of the components that determines workforce supply. An adequate supply of healthcare workers is crucial to ensuring that South Carolinians' healthcare needs are met. The data in this dashboard can:

  • Identify trends in the number of health professions students being trained in South Carolina over time.
  • Determine whether the workforce trained in the state is becoming more reflective of the demographic makeup of the population it is serving and where racial/ethnic or gender disparities in the developing workforce may exist.
  • Challenge anecdotal evidence that the state is producing too few or too many students in a given profession.

The data in this dashboard can be used in conjunction with other data sources to more fully understand the supply of healthcare professionals in South Carolina.

About the Data

All data were obtained from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), retrieved from and analyzed by the South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce.

  • Included degree types are Associates degree, Bachelors degree, Masters degree, Doctors degree – research/scholarship, Doctors degree – professional practice, Doctors degree – other, Award of less than 1 academic year, Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years, Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic year, Postbaccalaureate certificate, and Post-Masters certificate.
  • The "other" race category includes "two or more races" and "Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander."
  • Male and female are the only two gender options included in the IPEDS data collection system.

Data on osteopathic medicine graduates from VCOM-Carolinas Campus are obtained from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine at


  • Nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and certified nurse midwife (CNM) graduates cannot be separated from all nurse graduates, so we cannot determine the number of NP, CNS, and CNM graduates.
  • Licensed professional nurse, registered nurse, and medical/clinical assistant graduates from ECPI South Carolina campuses are not included in this dashboard; graduates from all ECPI campuses are counted in aggregate in Virginia.
  • Though we can tell how many students are graduating from South Carolina education programs, we are unable to tell from these data how many stay in South Carolina, work in their chosen field, or pursue additional education.

Suggested Citation

Campbell C. South Carolina Healthcare Workforce Education Dashboard. Charleston, SC: South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce, South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium. April 2023. Retrieved from

For more information:

Contact Cate Campbell at the South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce at