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College of Nursing Accomplishments 2012-2013


  • Due to the total renovation of the College of Nursing building, all faculty and staff successfully vacated the College of Nursing and moved to Harborview Tower in December 2012. Student Services were relocated to the College of Health Professions. Building renovations have begun and are currently on schedule for a December 2014 relocation date.
  • Implemented the new MUSC budgeting model. The College is fiscally sound with additional revenues deriving from increased enrollments.
  • The new Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL) has been very successful in generating NIH grants. Campus-wide demands for the services of this Center are great.


  • MUSC MSN/DNP programs ranked 20th in the U.S. News & World Report for online programs.
  • Attained NCLEX-RN pass rate of 95.4% for the 2012 calendar year.
  • Achieved a 100% pass rate from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PCNP) certification exam for pediatric nurse practitioner.
  • Provided third year scholarships from $1.4 million HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Expansion grant primary care nurse practitioner students (year three of five).
  • Received $100,000 from 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 10 second-degree Accelerated BSN students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Received $765,000 in federal stipends for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) ($700,000 over two years), Advanced Nursing Education Expansion (ANEE) ($1.4 million over five years) and Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) ($135,000 from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and $15,000 CON over one year) during 2012-2013 year.
  • Implemented revised curriculum for MSN/DNP program in fall 2012.
  • Reviewed and revised the Accelerated BSN curriculum to align with the new AACN BSN essentials and identified learning needs of students and implemented in fall 2012.
  • Utilized Johnson and Johnson grant ($30,000) for a “Faculty First” program used to train two DNP faculty at Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Meeting for quality and safety, then train all graduate faculty and implement in curriculum spring 2013.
  • Held a cultural competence retreat for all faculty.
  • Implemented SC Statewide Passport web-based training that ensures standardized education to nursing students in the state regarding critical aspects of healthcare before providing patient care in the hospital setting.
  • Completed the five-year Southern Association of Colleges (SAC’s) interim report with no citations for non-compliance.


  • Ranked 21th in NIH funding among Colleges of Nursing across the country (ranked 30th and 48th previous years consecutively).
  • Secured $5.6 million in total funding.
  • 35 active funded grants with 16 CON faculty as principal investigators.
  • 33 active funded interprofessional grants/projects with 20 unique CON faculty as co-investigators, many of whom serve as co-investigator on multiple grants.
  • Maintained five NIH R01 funded grants with 4 CON faculty as principal investigators (PI’s).
  • 12 of 17 (71%) of tenure-track educator researcher faculty are funded as PI of a research grant; the other funded faculty (5) are tenure-track educator clinical faculty funded for practice or education grants.
  • 30% research grants have interprofessional collaborators.
  • 26 new grants were submitted for a total of $20 million; 10 were applications greater than $250,000.


  • Received $152,409 in grant awards.
  • 8,809 patient encounters by faculty nurse practitioners (APRNs).
  • Integrated 305 (BSN, MSN, DNP) student experiences in CON practice related activities.
  • Precepted 39 College of Medicine medical students/residents/fellows.
  • 1,441 unique community experiences by Accelerated BSN students during the fall 2012 and summer 2013 semester.
  • 3,649 community contacts through CON PASOs, Abrazos, Teen Health Leadership and Domestic Violence Programs.
  • 53 Radio Talk Shows on Health Topics.
  • Participated in 3 TV segments related to Health Disparities and the Social Determinants of Health that aired on SCETV highlighting Hispanic Health Initiatives, Abrazos and PASOs


  • Promoted two senior faculty members. There are now eight professors with tenure and 14 associate professors, an all-time high for faculty positions at these ranks.
  • Hired 8 new faculty: five for the DNP program; two for the Accelerated BSN program; one junior researcher.
  • Assigned a senior faculty to serve as mentor champion for the College of Nursing Faculty Development/Mentorship Plan, known as the Career Development Plan.
  • Established a new standing committee within the College – Diversity Committee – to promote inclusion and full participation of all students, staff and faculty.
  • Earned local, state, and national recognition for excellence through receipt of awards and honors presented to 20 faculty.
  • Two faculty were inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.
  • One faculty was the recipient of the MUSC Teaching Excellence Awards as Developing Scholar through the MUSC Excellence Program.
  • One faculty was the recipient of the MUSC Foundation Outstanding Clinician Award.
  • Five nursing faculty received the Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence from South Carolina Nurses Foundation.

College of Nursing Goals 2013-2014


  • Develop and begin implementation of a new 2013-2018 Strategic Plan for the College of Nursing, integrating elements of the MUSC Strategic Plan.
  • Recruit an Associate Dean for Research.
  • Continue to track and facilitate progress on the College of Nursing building renovations, selecting all audiovisual equipment and office furnishings.
  • Further expand TACHL to support university-wide initiatives.


  • Increase enrollment by admitting 66 students to the Accelerated BSN program starting fall 2013 and 70 students are planned for fall 2014.
  • Thread communication science throughout the Accelerated BSN curriculum in 2012.
  • Submit DNP continuous improvement progress report December 2013.
  • Develop CCNE accreditation report due fall of 2015.
  • Evaluate the need and resource requirements for opening an Executive Leadership Post-MSN DNP program and a DNP to PhD program for implementation fall of 2014.
  • Evaluate the need and resource requirements for a postgraduate certificate of added qualification for “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”
  • Integrate cultural competence and health equity content across all academic programs.
  • Work with technology department to develop a dashboard of quality indicators for all programs.
  • Work with OCIO and the technology department to develop a database for grant data for alumni, HRSA grant and clinical site data.
  • Work with technology department to outline quality indicators and collection methodology for alumni.


  • Hire an Associate Dean for Research.
  • Obtain a minimum of 1 funded project as PI/Co-PI for all educator-researcher tenure track faculty.
  • Increase R01 funding to 6 per year.
  • Increase the number of NIH grants funded by 10%.
  • Increase total funding (in dollars) by 10%.
  • Continue to maintain NIH Ranking (top 25 in next 2 years).
  • Continue to expand interprofessional faculty research development and collaborative opportunities.


  • Assume a proactive role in improving the delivery of health care in the state of South Carolina and beyond.
  • Advocate and educate for the full scope of practice for advanced practice nurses.
  • Promote interprofessional collaboration to improve the quality and safety of care.
  • Expand the use of technology to improve health outcomes.


  • Implement and evaluate the Faculty Career Development Plan to ensure success toward goals.
  • Develop and implement a revised faculty evaluation process for consistency with a web-based system as a platform upon which to build in 360° evaluation metrics and pillar goals.
  • Formalize faculty and staff innovation and entrepreneurial processes to promote the operationalization of ideas for teaching, practice, and research products.
  • Devise metrics for evaluation of faculty with administrative responsibilities.
  • Revise course credit allocations in collaboration with the Office of Academics and update faculty workload specifications.

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