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Dean's Welcome To Nursing Students

Welcome to the Website of the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. We are the only academic health sciences center in South Carolina, and thus we are on the cutting edge of health care practice, education and discovery.  At MUSC, we have the largest accelerated BSN degree nursing program in South Carolina, and thriving enrollment in our DNP, PhD and MSN programs of study. In fact, we are a leader in online graduate education, and in this way the MUSC College of Nursing “Fuels the Nursing Pipeline.”

Our focus is on a very special type of nursing student – one who wishes to excel in the profession. Our College has a long and distinguished history of over 135 years preparing the finest professional nurses who care, cure, and create new knowledge in improving the health of individuals, families, and communities. Most importantly, our nursing graduates assume leadership roles throughout the state and beyond, and actively shape the health care of tomorrow.

We excel not only in education, but also in our use of innovative technologies to enhance learning, including our dynamic online graduate programs of study, and our state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory.  Equally exciting is the groundbreaking work being done by our Center for Community Health Partnerships and Technology Center to Enhance Healthful Lifestyles that you can read about on our website.

For all of these reasons we believe that we are “Taking Nursing Higher.”

This is a truly exciting time for the nursing profession, and a challenging time for health care.  The need for nurses has never been greater and the impact we have on the health care system is very powerful. As such, the faculty and I are fully committed to helping our nursing students achieve their educational goals, whether they are at the undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral level.

I hope, therefore, that you will consider joining us either online or in the beautiful city of Charleston as you expand your professional horizons. It is true that the sun does shine a bit more brightly here as it is reflected in the engaging, stimulating, and supportive learning presence that characterizes our College. I invite you to travel our Web site, examine the possibilities before you, and feel free to contact me if I can help you in your exploration.


Gail W. Stuart, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean and Distinguished University Professor