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College of Nursing Accomplishments 2013-2014


  • Recruited Dr. Ronald Acierno as the Associate Dean for Research after conducting a national search.
  • Renovation of the College of Nursing building is proceeding on schedule with anticipated grand opening in December 2014.
  • Ranked 2nd in the US News & World Report for online graduate programs.
  • Obtained approval for reopening the online RN-BSN program in fall 2014.
  • Ranked 17th in NIH funding among Colleges of Nursing across the country (ranked 21st and 30th previous years consecutively).
  • Secured $6.68 million in external funding, representing an increase of 19% over the previous year.


  • Ranked 2nd in the US News & World Report for MSN/DNP online programs.
  • Achieved 89.25% NCLEX-RN pass rate for calendar year 2013.
  • Achieved a 90% 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) and family nurse practitioners (FNP) from both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program (AANPCP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • Provided final year of new scholarships from $1.4 million HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Expansion grant to primary care nurse practitioner students. (These students can receive funding through May of 2015.)
  • Received $100,000 for the final installment in 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 second $350,000 in federal stipends for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) ($700,000 over two years 2012-2014), Advanced Nursing Education Expansion (ANEE) ($1.4 million over five years) and Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) ($114,203 from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) during 2013-2014 year. Completed old MSN/DNP program curriculum with final courses in summer 2014.
  • Revised the Accelerated BSN curriculum to align with the growing program and a new concept of dedicated preceptors in the final semester (implementation Fall 2014).
  • Obtained approval to reopen online an RN-BSN program at the University level. Submitted modification to the Commission on Higher Education, obtaining their approval at the June 19, 2014 meeting.
  • Developed a three-year Accelerated PhD program and submitted it for CHE approval.
  • Held a cultural effectiveness retreat for all faculty leading to refinement of cultural content in all programs of study.
  • Moved all CON programs to one CCNE accreditation to be completed in fall of 2015.
  • Dean and Associate Dean for Academics traveled to Nanjing and Suqian, China to discuss graduate nursing education.
  • MUSC Gives Back selected the Multicultural Student Nurses Organization for the student organization of the year.
  • Moved the PhD program from the College of Graduate Studies to the College of Nursing.
  • Arranged for over 60 MSN/DNP and PhD students in the NRDNP 708 Health Policy & Advocacy course to travel to Washington, DC to participate in the Nurse In Washington Internship Program.
  • 24 Accelerated BSN students completed honors research in the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Received $125,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Scholar program to be awarded to support a PhD student over the next three years.


  • Ranked 17th in NIH funding among Colleges of Nursing across the country (ranked 21th and 30th previous years consecutively).
  • Secured $6.68 million in total funding, representing an increase of 19%.
  • 39 active funded grants with 16 College of Nursing 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.
  • 4 NIH R01 funded grants with 3 College of Nursing faculty as principal investigators (PI’s).
  • 16 tenure-track educator researcher faculty are funded as PI of a research grant; other funded faculty (5) are tenure-track educator clinician faculty funded for practice or education grants.
  • 25% research grants have interprofessional collaborators.
  • 50 new grants were submitted for a total of $21.5 million; 31 were applications greater than $250,000.


  • Received $140,453 in grant awards.
  • 11,792 patient encounters by faculty nurse practitioners (APRNs).
  • Integrated 335 (BSN, MSN, DNP) student experiences in CON practice related activities.
  • Precepted 73 College of Medicine medical students/residents/fellows.
  • 6,436 community contacts through PASOs, Abrazos, and Teen Health Leadership programs.
  • 28 radio talk shows on health topics.


  • Promoted one senior faculty member. There are now eight professors, nine with tenure and twelve associate professors.
  • Hired nine new faculty: two for the DNP program; two for the Accelerated BSN program; three junior researcher, one senior researcher, new associate dean for research.
  • Hired co-director for the Technology Applications Center for Health Lifestyles (TACHL)
  • Earned local, state, and national recognition for excellence through receipt of awards and honors presented to sixteen faculty.
  • One faculty was inducted as Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
  • One faculty was the recipient of the MUSC Teaching Excellence Awards as Developing Teacher through the MUSC Excellence Program.
  • Two nursing faculty received the Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence from South Carolina Nurses Foundation.
  • One faculty presented the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
  • One faculty was the recipient of the John R. Raymond Fellowship Award.
  • Two faculty received pilot grants from the MUSC Center for Global Health Research.
  • One faculty received the 2014 Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Award.
  • One faculty member named as the David and Margaret Clair Endowed Chair.
  • One faculty member received the Navy Commendation Medal.

College of Nursing Goals 2014-2015


  • Successfully move back to the renovated College of Nursing building in December 2014.
  • Hire an Associate Dean for Academics.
  • Open RN-BSN online program with a minimum of 30 students in the first class.
  • Prepare for CCNE accreditation of the Accelerated BSN, MSN and DNP programs.
  • Create a dashboard of quality indicators for the College of Nursing inclusive of the educational, research and practice missions.


  • Increase enrollment from 70 students twice a year in the Accelerated BSN program to 80 students twice a year beginning fall 2014.
  • Prepare the new Executive Leadership Post-MSN DNP program for CHE approval and implementation in fall 2015.
  • Receive approval to implement the new Accelerated PhD program.
  • Graduate the first RN-BSN class in August of 2015.
  • Evaluate the need and resource requirements for a postgraduate certificate of added qualification for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Evaluate the need and resource requirements for two postgraduate degrees for Psychiatric-Mental Health and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • Integrate 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Submit a “T” post-doctoral training grant to NIH.
  • Facilitate at least one DNP/PhD collaborative research project among students.
  • 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.


  • Assume a proactive role in improving the delivery of health care in the state of South Carolina.
  • 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 the restructured Faculty Career Development Plan based on feedback and findings from the evaluation of the program’s inaugural year to ensure ongoing success toward goals.
  • Revise and implement faculty evaluation process for consistency, which builds in objective evaluation metrics (benchmarks) for individual rank and mission-related outcomes.
  • Develop an integrated workload planning model at the program level.
  • Devise metrics for evaluation of faculty with administrative responsibilities.
  • Implement a faculty incentive plan.

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