Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
The Medical University is comprised of 6 colleges: Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.
The College of Dental Medicine has won numerous awards and grants. In 2010, a new 118,000 sq ft clinical facility was completed, predoctoral class increased from 55 to 70 students, the Simulation Support Laboratory opened, a CAD/CAM Laboratory opened and the Graduate Program in Endodontics was initiated.
The College of Graduate Studies is committed to the training of tomorrow's biomedical research scientists. There are a variety of areas for training in cutting edge research for students pursuing a Masters of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree in the biomedical sciences. We also offer an NIH funded MD/PhD program with the College of Medicine, a DMD/PhD program with the College of Dental Medicine and a PharmD/PhD with the College of Pharmacy for students interested in careers in medical, dental or pharmaceutical research.
The College of Health Professions offers 9 programs, including Health Administration, Research Administration, Rehabilitation Science, Physician Assistant, Physical therapy, Occupational Therapy, Cardiovascular Perfusion and Anesthesia for Nurses. The College has been recognized for its outstanding faculty and excellence in teaching with nearly 40% of all the university-wide teaching awards since their inception presented to faculty in the College of Health Professions. Graduates of our academic programs continue to exceed national averages on pass rates for national board exams. The average first time pass rate across all academic programs was 95% with no program lower than a 91% pass rate. Students in the College of Health Professions donated over 6,000 hours of community service this year. Their outreach e"orts touched the lives of those who live locally in the Charleston community and extended to children halfway around the world, living in Uganda.
The College of Medicine is dedicated to the University’s missions of education, research and service. With more than 1,300 faculty, close to 1,000 staff, 578 students, and 637 residents and fellows we are changing what’s possible in healthcare. In addition to a four-year MD program, the College offers graduate and dual-degree programs. In FY 2011, the College received 1,147 extramural funding awards totaling $215.2 million. The College is committed to the continued development and expansion of biomedical research to improve healthcare for all people, and our research and clinical efforts are enhanced by the Hollings Cancer Center and the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Institute. Our talented physicians and other providers deliver high-quality care while serving the healthcare needs of our patients. Many of our physicians and clinical programs are recognized nationally for their excellence. We believe our objectives are best obtained by ensuring diversity throughout all of the College’s programs and initiatives.
The College of Nursing offers the only 16-month accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the state. In 2011, our BSN students achieved a 99 percent pass rate on the national nursing licensure exam (NCLEX). The College of Nursing also excels in graduate education and matriculates the largest number of MSN, PhD, and DNP students in South Carolina. The College is on the cutting edge of nursing education, research, and practice. The College shines in the use of innovative technologies to enhance learning, including our dynamic online programs of study. In 2011, the College was ranked 30th in nursing research funding from the National Institute of Health. Most importantly, our nursing graduates assume leadership roles throughout the state and beyond and actively shape the health care of tomorrow.
The College of Pharmacy is combining the traditions of excellence of a major academic medical center (MUSC), a large comprehensive university (USC), and a progressive hospital system (GHS), the South Carolina College of Pharmacy offers a statewide approach to pharmacy education that is on par with the most highly regarded colleges in the United States. The College’s residency programs are recognized as among the best in the country. Our research faculty is top five in percent with NIH funding and top 25 overall, and includes five endowed chairs and six acclaimed research and service centers. The curriculum offers a diverse array of electives, potential dual degree programs and specialized tracks in community pharmacy, pre-residency and nuclear pharmacy (one of fewer than 10 in the country).