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US News & World Report ranks CON 2nd

 Contact: Heather Woolwine
CHARLESTON –The MUSC College of Nursing’s (CON) online graduate nursing program has been ranked second in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The news magazine scored the CON among the top 50 online graduate nursing schools out of more than 450 schools surveyed for the last two years.

"This impressive rating reflects our College of Nursing's ongoing pursuit for the highest quality in our educational offerings", said CON Dean Gail Stuart, Ph.D.  "We are especially pleased that we are the top ranked school to offer the doctor of nursing degree in an online format.  We believe that this recognition by U.S. News & World Report reflects our commitment to offering exceptional graduate education to nurses in an ‘anytime, anywhere’ format."

For the 2014 edition of the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs rankings, U.S. News incorporated program ratings by peer institutions, in addition to the computed scores of student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. To view the rankings, visit

CON offers online programs that award a Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing degree. More than 250 students were enrolled in the MSN, DNP, and PhD programs in fall 2013. An upcoming application deadline for the MUSC College of Nursing’s online DNP program is March 15. Learn more about MUSC’s DNP program at
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