Welcome to the College of Nursing
Congratulations on your acceptance into the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina! We look forward to you meeting you at orientation held at the MUSC Campus in Charleston, SC on July 24-25, 2013. Orientation is mandatory for all accepted students. Please review this page for important information that will assist you in planning for orientation. It will be updated frequently, especially the closer it gets to orientation, so please check back for updates.
Purpose of Orientation
The purpose of orientation is for new students to become familiar to the program, faculty, peers, campus resources, and the MUSC online learning environment. We want each student to know how to access the appropriate resources necessary to support his/her learning and to begin relationships with faculty, staff, and peers that will grow over the next several years of learning, and hopefully lifelong. We want students to feel oriented to their coursework for the first year and leave with a trajectory for the whole program. The schedule allows time for getting and giving information, but also for meaningful social interaction with others. We hope that orientation will get you excited about starting the upcoming semester and that it will ease your mind about what to expect in the upcoming months and years.
In addition to the on-campus orientation, you will be required to complete an online prep course that will help prepare you for coursework within your program. Topics will include Excel, statistics, writing skills, conducting online searches and an introduction to evidence-based practice. You will have access to it after the on-campus orientation and it will need to be completed by August 16. "Completed" means completing the small quizzes after each lesson to let us know you reviewed the information and understand it. Students who not complete this prep course will not be allowed access to their fall classes on August 20. More details will be discussed at orientation.
Your orientation schedule may be different than your peers depending on the program you are entering. Please click on the appropriate link to view/print to view your tentative schedule: MSN- Nurse Practitioner, Post-BSN DNP, and Post-MSN DNP.
Please note there will be an optional campus tour provided on Tuesday, July 23 at 3:30 pm for those who may be coming into town that day. Please meet outside of the College of Nursing building at 99 Jonathan Lucas Ave at the bottom of the steps (you cannot enter the building due to construction). The College of Nursing Building is under renovation for the next two years, so we will be meeting in various rooms and buildings on campus during orientation, some of which may be difficult to locate if you are not familiar with the campus. A map is provided below for those who do not wish to attend this optional tour.
The Charleston International Airport is located at 5500 International Blvd in North Charleston. This is about a 20 minute drive to MUSC's campus in downtown Charleston. Students should plan their own transportation between the airport and hotel. There are rental car agencies available at the airport as well as taxi and shuttle service. The average taxi ride will cost about $30 to downtown Charleston. There are plenty of hotels near the airport as well as Tanger Outlet Malls. Please visit the airport's website for more information.
You are responsible for your own lodging arrangements. There are a variety of hotel options to choose from. There are hotels closer to the airport in North Charleston as well as hotels within walking distance to MUSC that will provide a MUSC student rate. If you plan to make this a vacation for yourself, there are also many hotels in the downtown historic area. If you are interested in sharing a room with someone, please email Arly Douglass at email@example.com. She will keep a running list of students who wish to share a hotel room. Please click here for a detailed list of hotels.
Students are expected to provide their own transportation to the MUSC campus. Students staying at hotels near the MUSC campus should plan to walk to campus or take the MUSC shuttle bus if the pick-up location is near the hotel. Students traveling to campus via car are allowed to park at the Hagood Parking Lot. This is free, but gets full quickly. In order to get a parking space, you would need to get there by 7:15 a.m. You would also need to take a MUSC shuttle bus which operates throughout the mornings and afternoons. After parking you car, you'll want to look for the bus stop areas in the parking lot and will want to take the bus that says Jonathan Lucas in the front. Buses arrive every five minues for pick up throughout the morning. The shuttle bus will make several stops before getting to your destination. Please allot 25 minutes to get to your desintation. The Jonathan Lucas St. stop is the stop you will want to get off and it will be where the majority of people get off. If the bus driver asks you for ID, please tell them you are a new student here for orientation and show him/her your orientation schedule.
Please click here (will be available in July) to print out the parking pass for Hagood Parking Lot. This must be printed in COLOR. If you do not have a color printer, please let me know and I will mail you a pass. This pass must be placed on the window dashboard.
If you'd like to park in one of the visitor's lots that will require you to pay, please cick here for list of parking garages. The Jonathan Lucas St. parking lot is the most centralized parking lot on campus.
Breakfast is on your own. If staying in a hotel, breakfast options may be provided. If you get to campus early, the MUSC cafeteria across the street from the College of Nursing has breakfast foods available to purchase. Lunch is also on your own. The MUSC cafeteria provides many options, including Chick-fil-a and a salad bar. There are also some restaurants nearby: Hominy Grill, Five Loaves, Wickliffe House, and Halo. MUSC staff, faculty, or local students will be happy to provide you with recommendations for dinner. Also, check out the restaurant listings on the Charleston Visitor's Bureau website.
Charleston is a beautiful city that captures the hearts of many. We hope that while visiting Charleston for orientation you will have the opportunity to visit some of our local attractions. To learn about things to explore in Charleston, please check out these web sites- www.dreamcharleston.com and www.charlestonsfinest.com. You can also check out the Charleston City Paper that is published every Wednesday and includes the most up-to-date happenings around town.
Weather and Dress
Charleston climate is hot and humid in July with typical temperatures in the high 80's and 90's. Dress is business casual and comfortable. Please do not wear jeans, shorts or flip flops on July 24 since we have a guest speaker and reception that day. The air conditioning in the buildings can be chilly, so a light sweater or jacket is recommended.
The College of Nursing Building is currently under renovation, so we have had to schedule various rooms on campus for orientation. Orientation will begin in the Basic Science Building (BSB), Room 100 on the first day; however, throughout orientation you may be traveling to different locations on campus depending on your schedule. Please click here to print out the MUSC Campus map. It is good idea to print this map out and bring with you to orientation. You can also take a tour of MUSC from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad with the Explore MUSC app available in the Apple App Store. Click here for more details.
Please click here to view the hardware and software standards of the University.
IT staff will be available at orientation, so if you need help getting your laptop ready for your classes, you should plan to bring it on the day you have the IT Help session (refer to your orientation schedule). Please note that we will be in rooms a majority of the time that do not have access to charge laptops. It is recommended, but not required, that Post-BSN students bring a laptop to the WebAdvisor and E-Value and MyFolio, OH MY! session during orientation held on Thursday, July 25. You will have some time to upload some required documents to E-Value, but you can do this on your own as well, so it is not required to have your laptop.
Fall courses begin Tuesday, August 20, 2013. The Office of Student Services will register you for your courses each semester based upon your scheduled plan of study. Students will need to personally check the courses they are registered for in WebAdvisor to ensure it matches the courses indicated on their plan of study.
The booklist for Fall 2013 will be posted on July 20. Students usually order their books through online publishers like Amazon or they can be purchased through the MUSC bookstore online or on campus while at orientation. There will be plenty of time to order them before the start of classes.
Please print the following documents and bring them with you to orientation (will be posted closer to orientation):
- Guidlelines to NP Clinical Experiences- Post-BSN students only
- Practice Improvement Project Guidelines- DNP students only
- Residency Guidelines- DNP students only
- NRDNP 838 syllabus- For students enrolled in Advanced Patho in the fall
- Dr. Bissinger's DNP Project Presentation- Post-BSN DNP and Post-MSN DNP
Please click here (will be posted at later date) for the checklist to ensure you have everything you need before leaving for orientation.
The College of Nursing was awarded a HRSA grant from the Advanced Nursing Education Expansion (ANEE) program and the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) program. These awards are to support students enrolled in the Post-BSN DNP or MSN primary care nurse practitioner program at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Post-BSN MSN and DNP Students who have paid the matriculation fee and meet the requirements of the grant will be notified via email toward the end of May with details about the requirements and the appropriate application materials for the 2013-2014 academic year. The email will be sent to the email account provided on your graduate application.
New Student Processes (IMPORTANT)
Please click here to learn about important information for new students. There are many forms and processes that you are required to complete.