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College of Nursing Accreditation & Goals

College of Nursing Accomplishments 2015-2016


  • Achieved full ten-year accreditation through June 30, 2026, from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for our baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs with no recommendations for improvement on May 27, 2016.
  • Successfully collaborated with Dr. Scott Reeves from the College of Medicine and hired Dr. Ken Catchpole as the CoEE Endowed Chair in Human Factors who will collaborate with the CON in our research and education missions.
  • Received a planned gift from Kay and Charlie Chitty for our fourth Endowed Chair. While it is a planned gift and cannot be activated at this time, it does bring the total number of Endowed Chairs in the CON to four.
  • Were actively involved in all aspects of the MUSC Imagine 2020 Strategic Plan and other major initiatives. The CON is at the end of its third year of our own 2013-2018 Strategic Plan.


  • Ranked 2nd in the US News & World Report for best online graduate programs.
  • Ranked 14th in the US News & World Report for DNP programs.
  • Achieved 94.81% NCLEX-RN pass rate for calendar year 2015.
  • Achieved a 97% pass rate from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program (AANPCP), 100% pass rate from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and a 89% pass rate from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PCNP) certification exam, all exceeding national pass rates.
  • 98% of CON graduating students believe they received a high quality education at MUSC.
  • 96% of CON graduating students believe they made the rigth choice in selecting MUSC for their training.
  • 95% of CON graduating students would recommend MUSC to a prospective student.
  • Completed funding for the Advanced Nursing Education Expansion (ANEE) Program during 2015.
  • Applied for and received funding in federal stipends for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) and Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) during 2015-2016 year.
  • Applied for and received funding from SAMSHA for a 3-year interprofessional educational grant, “Impacting At-Risk Populations Through Multi-modal Training of Nursing and Medical Students in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).”
  • Applied for and received funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina Foundation to develop and provide scholarships for a total of 10 students over 3 years in the new DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track.
  • Developed articulation agreements with various state community/technical colleges and organizations to offer a tuition discount for RN-BSN program to work towards Institute of Medicine recommendation to increase BSN prepared nurses to 80% by 2020.
  • Piloted used of increased ATI resources threaded throughout the ABSN curriculum and continued implementation of the “Flipped Classroom” throughout curriculum.
  • Opened the Nurse Executive in Leadership and Innovations track in DNP program in fall 2015 post approval from the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and submission of substantive change report to CCNE.
  • Developed program track for the DNP PMHNP, applied for and obtained approval from CHE, and program will open in fall 2016.
  • Revised curriculum for the Accelerated PhD program and implemented targeted Learning Intensives to assist students in plan of study progression and evaluation of competencies.
  • Continued Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Scholar program that is supporting PhD students from 2014 cohort (1), 2015 cohort (2), and 2016 cohort (1).
  • Faculty Workshops included a Plagiarism Lunch and Learn with faculty from the Center for Academic Excellence in February, a Quality Improvement Workshop in February, and a workshop on student support resources including the Center for Academic Excellence, Counseling & Psychological Services, and Behavioral Support Intervention Team faculty in June.


  • Ranked 15th in NIH funding among Colleges of Nursing across the country.
  • P20 Center grant integrating technology enhanced, biomedically focused, and community evaluated interventions submitted and funded.
  • Secured $8.10 million in total funding.
  • 48 active funded grants with 21 CON faculty as principal investigators.
  • 94 active funded interprofessional grants/projects with 32 different CON faculty as co-investigators, many of whom serve as co-investigator on multiple grants.
  • 5 NIH R01 funded grants with 3 CON faculty as Principal Investigators (PI’s).
  • 12 NIH grants and 2 NIH contracts currently funded.
  • 16 tenure-track educator researcher faculty are funded as PI of a research grant; other funded faculty (6) are tenure-track educator clinician faculty funded for practice or education grants.
  • 30.2% of funded research grants have interprofessional collaborators; 53% of submissions have interprofessional collaborators.
  • ADR Pilot Funding was awarded for 2 projects.
  • 77 grants were submitted for a total of $48.8 million, representing an overall increase in submission of 22.1% and an overall increase in requested funding of 27.7%.


  • 11,094 patient encounters by faculty nurse practitioners (APRNs).
  • Integrated 142 (BSN, MSN, DNP) student experiences in CON practice related activities.
  • Provided interprofessional learning opportunities within CON faculty practice settings to 2 College of Medicine medical students/residents/fellows, 2 PA students, and 6 Pharmacy students.
  • 3,787 community contacts through PASOs, Abrazos, and Teen Health Leadership programs.
  • 28 radio talk shows on health topics.


  • Promoted 3 faculty members: 2 to Assistant Professor, 1 to Professor.
  • One faculty member received tenure.
  • Hired 12 new faculty and offered an additional 4 positions to new faculty with start dates in July and August 2016: 7 for the undergraduate program, 5 for the MSN/DNP program, 4 for the PhD program.
  • Hired a new Program Director for the undergraduate programs with a start date of August 1.
  • Appointed a new Director of Simulation.
  • One faculty was the recipient of the MUSC Office of Interprofessional Initiatives Outstanding Facilitator.
  • One faculty was the recipient of the MUSC Innovator’s Award.
  • One faculty received the Award for Excellence in Nursing from the SC League for Nursing.
  • One faculty was named the SNRS State Liaison for South Carolina.
  • One faculty was given the US President's Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service in Healthcare.
  • One faculty was elected to the Membership Committee, South Carolina State Liaison, Southern Nursing Research Society.
  • One faculty is the Chair-Elect, Fellows Selection Committee, Gerontological Society of America.
  • One faculty completed a LEAD (Leadership in Academic Medicine) Fellowship.
  • One faculty was part of the Amy V. Cockcroft Nursing Leadership Development Program.
  • One faculty won the John R. Raymond Mentoring Fellowship, MUSC Initiative for the Advancement, Recruitment, and Retention of Women (ARROW).
  • One faculty member was selected to be part of the Research Leaders Academy, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

College of Nursing Goals 2015-2016


  • Fully engage the CON in the MUSC Imagine 2020 Strategic Plan.
  • Hire an Associate Dean for Practice for the CON.
  • Expand collaborations with MUSC Health in the academic domain of education and research.
  • Attain one additional Endowed Chair for the CON bringing the total to 5 Endowed Chairs.


  • Increase enrollment from 80 students twice a year in the Accelerated BSN program to 88 students twice a year beginning fall 2016.
  • Continue to ensure sustainability of RN-BSN program and meeting National Academy of Medicine’s (formerly IOM) recommendation to increase BSN prepared nurses through increase recruitment and articulation agreements.
  • Open the new DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program in fall 2016, and submit substantive change report to CCNE.
  • Evaluate DNP NELI program of study post first year.
  • Evaluate the need and resource requirements for post-graduate certificate NP programs.
  • Evaluate the need and resource requirements for a DNP-PhD bridge program.
  • Evaluate the integration of cultural effectiveness and health equity content annually in all programs of study.
  • Pilot test newly developed database to house grant data for alumni, HRSA grants and clinical site data with the CON Information Technology group.
  • Implement revised Alumni Survey that will be administered online 4 months after graduation and annually thereafter to monitor and collect alumni outcomes.
  • Continue work with MUSC Advanced Professional Provider (APP) directors and committee to improve work and opportunities for APPs and increase clinical sites for the graduate program.
  • Continue legislative work with fellow public institutions to achieve preceptor incentives to encourage clinical precepting for graduate students and hiring of APPs in South Carolina to increase provider numbers in underserved and rural areas.
  • Continue to work with MUSC Health on potential quality improvement and research projects for students to work with MUSC staff. Thus far multiple quality improvement projects have occurred in both the RN-BSN and DNP programs at MUSC.
  • Continue to provide End of Life Nursing Education Consortium training. Initial training was offered in June 2015, and coordinated by Dr. Carrie Cormack with MUSC CON scholarships for 8 preceptors to attend. This conference is planned to occur again in fall 2016.


  • Obtain a minimum of 1 funded project as PI/Co-PI for all educator-researcher tenure track faculty.
  • Maintain 6 R-Level funded grants.
  • Increase total funding (in dollars) by 10%.
  • Continue to expand interprofessional faculty research development and collaborative opportunities.
  • Submit and Receive funding for a “T” post-doctoral training grant to NINR.
  • Facilitate at least 1 DNP/PhD collaborative research project among students.
  • Continue to submit research grants, consistent with the strategic plan, that involve an emphasis on technology enhanced, self-management interventions evaluated through community engaged research methods.
  • Maintain SCTR role as key partners for university-wide researchers using community engaged models of care and research.


  • All educator-clinicians will engage in clinical practice.
  • Promote interprofessional global health experiences for students and faculty.
  • Conduct college-wide TeamSTEPPS faculty training.
  • Create videos highlighting faculty practice activities.
  • Include fundamentals of telehealth in BSN, MSN and DNP curriculum.


  • Continue to monitor and improve the Career Development Plan, which was extensively revised in Spring 2016.
  • Implement a 5 year planning meeting with each faculty member, to determine their mid-range goals and how to best accomplish them.
  • Revise the faculty evaluation system per University requirements.
  • Continue to work with IT to revise the faculty workload database.

College of Nursing Accreditation

BSN, MSN and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is a resource for the information regarding the Nursing program. Information may be obtained by writing or telephoning them directly at:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120
Telephone: (202) 887-6791 | FAX: (202) 887-8470

Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Program is fully approved by:
South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Nursing
Synergy Business Park
Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Drive, Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 12387
Columbia, SC 29211-2367

Phone: (803) 896-4550
FAX: (803) 896-4525

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track of the masters program is fully approved by the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses, 800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 104, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150.

You may contact them by telephone at (888) 641-2767, by FAX at (301) 330-1504, or on the internet at