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College of Nursing Accreditation & Goals

College of Nursing Accomplishments 2014-2015


  • Completed the renovation of the College of Nursing and returned to a Grand Opening of the building in January 2015.
  • Appointed Dr. Gigi Smith as Associate Dean for Academics.
  • Prepared for CCNE accreditation visit scheduled for September 28-30, 2015.
  • Developed the 2014-2018 new Strategic Plan that, for the first time, is linked with the Evaluation Plan in the same document – Strategic/Evaluation Plan.
  • Identified quality indicators for the College of Nursing that are displayed on the television monitors on each floor of the College and are documented in our publications.


  • Ranked 1st in the US News & World Report for best online graduate programs.
  • Achieved 95.15% NCLEX-RN pass rate for calendar year 2015 thus far.
  • Achieved a 93.3% pass rate from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PCNP) certification exam for pediatric nurse practitioners (PNP).
  • Achieved a 100% pass rate for adult-gerontology nurse practitioners (A-GNP) certification exam.
  • Achieved a 97% pass rate from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program (AANPCP) and 89% pass rate from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • Provided final year of new scholarships from HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Expansion grant to primary care nurse practitioner students.
  • Completed the final year of the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN) sponsored jointly by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for scholarships for second-degree Accelerated BSN students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Received funding in federal stipends for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT), Advanced Nursing Education Expansion (ANEE) and Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) during 2014-2015 year (Table 8).
  • Planned for addition of increased ATI resources for the ABSN program to complement the revised curriculum.
  • Re-opened online an RN-BSN program with 53 students.
  • Transitioned to and opened three-year Accelerated PhD program in fall 2015 post CHE approval. Began development of Learning Intensives for the program to assist students in plan of study progression and evaluation of competencies.
  • DNP program developed scholarly project rubric that is woven through the three project critical courses to assist with project progression and success.
  • ABSN program began incorporating the concept of “Flipping the Classroom”. This was well received in NURSU 387 Psychiatry & Mental Health Nursing.
  • Held two faculty workshops on education topics: Rubrics Workshop in September 2014 with Dr. Michael Bridges with follow-up feedback loop webinar in January 2015, and Assessment Workshop in March 2015 with Dr. Michael Bridges and Dr. Marie Norman. Also had half-day Writing Workshop with Dr. Diane Angelini, CON Faculty Writing Mentor, and Mrs. Ayaba Logan, CON Librarian.
  • Continued Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Scholar program that is supporting a PhD student from 2014 cohort and two students for the 2015 cohort.
  • Writing Taskforce developing enhanced CON library website resources for students in all programs.


  • Ranked 14th in NIH funding among Colleges of Nursing across the country (ranked 17th and 21st previous years consecutively).
  • Secured $6.63 million in total funding.
  • 45 active funded grants with 15 CON faculty as principal investigators.
  • 18 active funded interprofessional grants/projects with 20 unique 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).
  • 15 NIH grants and 4 NIH contracts currently funded (relative to 10 last year, an increase of 50% (goal was only 10%).
  • Submitted T-32 Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant.
  • 16 tenure-track educator researcher faculty are funded as PI of a research grant; other funded faculty (5) are tenure-track educator clinical faculty funded for practice or education grants.
  • 25% of funded research grants have inter-professional collaborators; 20% of submissions have interprofessional collaborators.
  • ADR Pilot Funding was awarded for 3 projects, 1 of which involves DNP/PhD students.
  • 60 new grants were submitted for a total of $35.3 million, representing a overall increase in submission of 20% and an overall increase in requested funding of 64%.


  • Received $135,704 in grant awards.
  • 9,721 patient encounters by faculty nurse practitioners (APRNs).
  • Integrated 198 (BSN, MSN, DNP) student experiences in CON practice related activities.
  • Provided interprofessional learning opportunities within CON faculty practice settings to 9 College of Medicine medical students/residents/fellows, 3 PA students, and 4 Pharmacy students.
  • 3,973 community contacts through PASOs, Abrazos, and Teen Health Leadership programs.
  • 40 radio talk shows on health topics.


  • Promoted three faculty to Assistant Professor.
  • Hired eight new faculty: 3 for the DNP program; 3 for the Accelerated BSN/RN-BSN programs; 1 for the PhD program; 1 senior researcher.
  • Hired lead faculty for the Nurse Executive Leadership and Innovation track for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
  • Two faculty were the recipients of the MUSC Teaching Excellence Awards for Educator-Mentor: Clinical Professional.
  • Four nursing faculty received the Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence from South Carolina Nurses Foundation.
  • One faculty was the recipient of the Maralynne D. Mitcham Interprofessional Fellowship.
  • Appointed Diversity Officer for the College of Nursing.

College of Nursing Goals 2015-2016


  • Receive a full ten-year accreditation from CCNE for our baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs.
  • Collaborate with the College of Medicine in hiring the CoEE Endowed Chair in Human Factors.
  • Obtain a commitment for one new Endowed Chair in the CON – bringing the total to four Endowed Chairs.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to MUSC activities related to university strategic planning, implementation and evaluation.


  • Increase enrollment from 80 students twice a year in the Accelerated BSN program to 90 students twice a year beginning spring 2016.
  • Open the new DNP Nurse Executive in Leadership and Innovations in fall 2015.
  • Graduate the first RN-BSN class in August 2015 and evaluate future sustainability of the program.
  • Develop and submit to CHE the new DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
  • Evaluate the need and resource requirements for a DNP as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • Evaluate the need and resource requirements for a DNP-PhD bridge program.
  • Evaluate the integration of cultural effectiveness and health equity content across all academic programs.
  • Work with information technology department to develop a database to house grant data for alumni, HRSA grants and clinical site data.
  • Work with information technology department to outline quality indicators and collection methodology for alumni.
  • Continue work with hospital on Clinical Rotations Committee for clinical placement issues at MUSC and on Advanced Professional Provider (APP) committee to improve work and opportunities for APPs at MUSC.


  • Obtain a minimum of 1 funded project as PI/Co-PI for all educator-researcher tenure track faculty.
  • Increase to 6 R01 funded grants.
  • Increase total funding (in dollars) by 10%.
  • Continue to expand interprofessional faculty research development and collaborative opportunities.
  • Receive funding for a “T” post-doctoral training grant to NIH.
  • 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 targeting key life transition points.
  • 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.
  • Fundamentals of telehealth will be included in BSN, MSN and DNP curriculum.


  • Implement the restructured Faculty Career Development Plan based on feedback and findings from the evaluation of the program.
  • Revise and implement faculty evaluation process for consistency, building on objective evaluation metrics for individual rank and mission-related outcomes.
  • Develop an integrated workload planning model at the program level.
  • Finalize integrated database for faculty, staff and workload parameters.

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
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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