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The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has grown from a small private medical school founded in 1824 into one of the nation’s top academic health science centers, with a 700-bed medical center (MUSC Health) and six colleges. As South Carolina’s only comprehensive academic health center providing a full range of programs in the biomedical sciences, MUSC is engaged in activities statewide. Its campus is located on more than 80 acres in the city of Charleston, with an overall population of about 13,000 clinicians, faculty, staff and students. Nearly 3,000 students in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy) study for degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, doctoral, and other professional levels. The University also provides residency training for more than 700 graduate health professionals. The teaching staff is comprised of more than 1,700 full and part-time faculty.

Research Funding

Total grant support for MUSC tops more than $259 million, with more than $109 million coming from federal sources through the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year 2016. Of all the universities and institutions of higher learning in South Carolina, MUSC brings the most biomedical, extramural research funding to the state. MUSC's South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) focuses on changing the culture of biomedical research, facilitating sharing of resources and expertise and streamlining research-related processes to bring about large-scale, change in the clinical and translational research efforts in South Carolina.

College of Graduate Studies (CGS)

212 students
490 faculty (full and part-time)

- educating biomedical and behavioral scientists at masters, doctoral and postdoctoral levels by exposing them to innovative research through any of the following programs: a Masters of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree in the biomedical sciences, an NIH funded M.D. / Ph.D. program with the College of Medicine, a DMD / Ph.D. program with the College of Dental Medicine and a PharmD / Ph.D. with the College of Pharmacy for students interested in careers in medical, dental or pharmaceutical research.

College of Dental Medicine (CDM)

322 Dental students
41 trainees accepted annually
78 faculty (full and part-time)

- serves as the state’s only dental medicine college and has been recognized as one of the best dental medicine programs in the Southeast, with departments including materials science, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry and orthodontics; restorative dentistry and stomatology.

College of Nursing (CON)

568 students (baccalaureate, masters and doctoral)
140 faculty (full-time and clinical)

- the only nursing program in the state that is part of an academic health sciences center, boasting pass rates of more than 90 percent, all-time high enrollment numbers, the only nursing program in SC with a 16-month accelerated baccalaureate degree program, and the state-leader using online learning technology to educate nurses as well as those seeking master’s and doctorate-level nursing degrees.

College of Health Professions (CHP)

789 total students
64 faculty

- with high-tech teaching and research facilities, CHP’s strategic design allows for long-term stability and growth within these core degree programs: anesthesia for nurses, cardiovascular perfusion, health administration and policy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, and physical therapy. Newly developed laboratories include a Motion Analysis Lab, a Neurophysiology Assessment lab, and an Integrated Physiology Lab. 

College of Medicine (COM)

768 students
682 residents and fellows
1235 faculty

- the first medical school in the southern United States, founded in 1824, now has 25 departments which independently and collectively contribute to the education of future physicians.

College of Pharmacy (COP)

321 students

- Founded in 1881, the College of Pharmacy is home to two research centers with renowned endowed chairs. It boasts one of the oldest and largest residency programs in the country and provides a premier pharmacy education by uniting nationally recognized faculty and high-achieving students with the innovative, interprofessional learning opportunities offered at MUSC’s academic medical center.

 MUSC / MUHA / MUSC Physicians - How it all Works

MUSC’s three main components, their roles and state appropriations:


The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is a public institution of higher learning with the purpose of preserving and optimizing life in South Carolina and beyond. The university provides an interprofessional environment for learning and discovery through education of health care professionals and biomedical scientists, research in the health sciences, and provision of comprehensive health care.

Receives approximately 3 percent from state appropriations.

Medical Center:

As one of the largest employers and providers of care in South Carolina, our mission is to provide excellence in patient care in an environment that is respectful of others, adaptive to change and accountable for outcomes. it is our intention all our patients and their families feel comfortable as partners and decision-makers in their health care, whether they are with us for outpatient services or inpatient care. For patient specific services, go to

The Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) does not receive state appropriations.

MUSC Physicians:
MUSC Physicians, the physician group of the MUSC family, provides services ranging from prevention and wellness to highly specialized care at outpatient clinics and facilities both on the MUSC campus and in the community. With the opening of an advanced medical office complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., MUSC now has the widest range of specialty care available at any medical center in South Carolina. MUSC physicians operates as group practice, thus serving as a resource to attract and support a superior clinical faculty for the education and training of undergraduate and graduate medical and health-related professionals. Patient care is our #1 priority. The success of our operations is dependent on our continuing successful relationships with our patients, particularly as we transition to an electronic medical record.

The Business Operations Office of MUSC Physicians is operated separately from the business office of The Medical University Hospital and from those business offices of The Medical University of South Carolina. MUSC Physicians does not receive state appropriations.


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