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Online MSN FAQ

How does an online program differ from one that is campus-based?
The integrity of our graduate coursework, mentoring, and interaction with faculty and students is preserved in our online graduate program through the use of synchronous and asynchronous technology. The only thing that differs between an online and campus-based program is the method through which access is achieved – through advanced technology and required on-campus visits for NP students.

How many times will I have to travel to the MUSC Campus?
All newly admitted MSN students will have to travel to MUSC for orientation held the last week in July.  In addition, students will have to travel to campus during NRDNP 856, 864, 865, and 866.  Please refer to the posted program plans of study to determine when these classes are scheduled.

What is special about the Medical University of South Carolina?
MUSC is an academic health sciences center ranked within the Top 100 in the nation for receipt of federal funding. With a focus on Translational Science - bench to bedside to community - nursing plays a critical role in transforming health care within the state and nation.

What is the difference between a Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant?
Please click here to learn more about about the similarities and differences between a Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant.

How do you make your admission decisions?
Our Admissions, Progression, and Graduation Committee takes their responsibility very seriously. Each application is reviewed in its entirety. Data about grades, professional goals and references are used in the decision-making process. Another important aspect is what an applicant shares in their essay.

Who should I use as references?
The Admissions, Progression, and Graduation Committee prefers references from employers or academic professionals who are familiar with you and your abilities. They must use the reference form provided in the application. Letters may not be used as a substitute.

How do I apply for admission to the graduate program?
Applications must be submitted electronically through the Office of Enrollment Management. Applications are received and processed by this office. Questions or problems concerning the application should be addressed to Sue Coates at
coatess@musc.edu.

Do you accept out-of-state students?
Please click here for a list of states we are authorized in.  Tuition and fees are higher for out-of-state students. For tuition and fee information, please click here.

How do I become a South Carolina resident?
Residency is determined by the Office of Enrollment Management. For more information, please visit this site:
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Do you accept international students?
Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas.  Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted. 
Please note that MUSC cannot establish a legal contract with any sites outside of the United States for clinical courses, so clinicals must be done within the U.S.

Is financial aid available? Yes, for more information, please visit this site: Click Here

Are scholarships available?
Yes, scholarships are available to students who have completed a FAFSA with the Office of Financial Aid. They are awarded based on need, academic merit, and scholarship criteria after a student has been admitted to the College of Nursing.  To review scholarships offered through the College of Nursing, please visit this site:
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To learn more about the College of Nursing, read our monthly newsletter, E-Connections, and Lifelines, the College of Nursing magazine.
Find these publications at this site:
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For more information, please contact:

Coordinator of Graduate (MSN/DNP) Program and Alumni Services


Telephone: (843) 792-8515
Fax: (843) 792-9258
conservices@musc.edu

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