College of Nursing
99 Jonathan Lucas St. | PO Box 250160 | Charleston, SC 29425
Office: (843) 792-3941 | Fax: (843) 792-0504
The College of Nursing had its origin in 1882 when the city council of Charleston approved a request by the City Hospital for $2,000 to establish a "training school for nurses." The school opened its doors in 1883 and continued until the City Hospital was destroyed by an earthquake in 1886. It was reestablished as the Charleston Training School in 1895. A two-year program of instruction was offered, with some lectures given by the medical college faculty.
In 1916, the board of commissioners of Roper Hospital proposed the incorporation of the training school with the Medical College, and in 1919 the Roper Hospital Training School for Nurses became the School of Nursing of the Medical College of South Carolina. In September 1966, the school began the process of phasing out the three-year diploma program and establishing a four-year baccalaureate program. In 1969, when the Medical College was designated as the Medical University of South Carolina by the state legislature, the school became one of the six colleges comprising the University. In 2008, the College of Nursing celebrated 125 years of nursing education and service to the citizens of South Carolina and the nation.
Today, the College of Nursing excels in the use of innovative technologies to enhance learning, including dynamic online programs of study. The College offers the only accelerated 16-month BSN degree program in South Carolina and boasts a thriving enrollment in the DNP, PhD and MSN programs of study, thus positioning the College of Nursing as a leader in online graduate nursing education. Most importantly, our nursing graduates assume leadership roles throughout the state and beyond and actively shape the health care of tomorrow.
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