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Alumni Affairs, 792-7979
261 Calhoun St., Suite 306
Membership Matters!  
The Office of Alumni Affairs and the MUSC Alumni Association sponsor programs each year to enrich the campus experience of students and encourage interest in and loyalty to the Medical University of South Carolina.
The six MUSC college alumni associations provide opportunities for contact with health professionals who offer mentoring through evening career seminars and “lunch-and-learn” programs, or on an individual basis as requested.  They also sponsor a variety of other student events during the year and annually award scholarships to MUSC students from dues contributed by alumni members.
At present, the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, and Pharmacy have formally established Student Alumni Councils. 
To encourage future involvement in the Alumni Association, students are given complimentary membership with full benefits during the senior year.  Discounts at local hotels are available for special weekend events including alumni homecoming events and Commencement for members of the alumni association.  Discounts on auto, homeowners and rental insurance are available from GEICO by identifying oneself as a member of the alumni association. 
Students may contact Jeannie Grooms, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs, for additional information on any of these programs.
Please visit our website at        

Art Services, 792-4724
Harper Student Center, 4th Floor,  Room SS440

Art Services provides faculty, staff and students with services such as large format printing, exhibits, posters, banners, signs, illustration, graphic design, disc prep and scanning.  Find them on the web at

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
Five cash dispensing automated teller machines (ATMs) operate on campus. One ATM is operated by Bank of America and is located on the Hospital’s first floor corridor leading into the cafeteria, next to Room B101. A Wachovia ATM is located on the 2nd floor of the main hospital. One ATMs operated by South Carolina Federal Credit Union located on the right side of the main entrance to the Children’s Hospital. Generic ATMs are located on the 1st Floor Lobby of the Colbert Education Center (Education /Library Building), 1st Floor Lobby of Harper Student Center, and Harborview Tower first floor lobby. Honor and Cirrus network cards are accepted at all the ATMs.

Cashier’s Office, 792-2015
303 Harborview Office Tower
Located in Room 303 of the Harborview Office Tower at 19 Hagood Avenue, the Cashier’s Office receives and records student tuition, insurance, hepti-vac, and other student service fees.  Cashier's office does not maintain student records; please contact Student Accounting with questions about tuition or other fees.  The office window hours are from 8:30 a.m. to  4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The office accepts checks and cash only.  All MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and DiscoverCard charge payments must be made online at the Webadvisor secured website  Electronic check payments can also be done on the website.

Center for Academic Excellence
171 Ashley Ave., 201 Education Center/Library, 792-6390

The Center for Academic Excellence offers academic enhancement/ support through individual and group course-specific Supplemental Instruction (tutoring) in any course at the University when requested. With an assigned course-specific Supplemental Instructor, a student can discuss key concepts, extract important information from texts, review class notes, and prepare for exams. In individual appointments with experienced faculty members, students can learn more about themselves as learners by assessing their learning styles. CAE faculty teach students strategies for studying effectively and efficiently. One of the keys to success is the ability to master skills for taking multiple-choice exams, and CAE faculty have over 12 years of experience in this type of instruction. We also offer sessions on time management. We will help you prepare for any board/national certifying exam you have to take. CAE’s computer lab is designed to meet the diverse needs of students, faculty, and staff. (Bring your own paper, and you can print at no charge). This computer lab is available 24/7. Call 792-6390 for assistance or schedule an appointment.

Computer Services
2nd Floor, Harborview Tower

Computer Use Policy
All faculty, students, and staff must read and abide by the computer use policy

Getting Computer Help
The Office of the CIO Information Services (OCIO-IS) Help Desk 792-9700 is the place to start for computer related problems, questions, and connections. The Help Desk operates 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. Help Desk staff are trained to solve many problems over the phone. If additional action is required, Help Desk will assign a field engineer or other technical support person to your case. Whomever is assigned your case will contact you in a timely manner.

MUSC’s e-mail system is based on Microsoft Exchange. The main client for Exchange on Windows computers is Outlook, which is a part of the Microsoft Office Suite. Exchange clients for Macintosh computers include Entourage, (part Office for Macintosh 2008, Outlook for Mac (part of the 2011 Office for Macintosh suite), and Macintosh Mail, the client that is part of the Macintosh operating sytem. Entourage and Outlook for Mac are not covered under license agreement for students.

A browser-based client at can be used to compose, send and read Exchange e-mail.
Students who don’t have a computer may use the Library’s computers on the fourth floor of the Colbert (formerly the Library/Administration) Building.

Student Laptop Standards
The Office of the CIO has established standards for student laptops. Many students arrive on campus with very serviceable laptops and the OCIO has made provisions for network support. Students whose laptops meet or exceed the requirements posted at will be supported on the MUSC network.

Homeroom is a computer service that provides students access to personal file storage space from any Apple, Windows, or UNIX computer on the MUSC network. It is a safe and convenient place to store all your computer-based documents and files. This access is included with your NetID account and requires your NetID login and password. See for instructions on how to use this service. There is a 500mb limit to the amount of space made available to each individual. You can backup your homeroom files to a CD using a dedicated workstation available on the 4th floor of the Library.

The Web
MUSC’s main web page is located at From here you can get access to local resources such as The Catalyst, weekly newspaper, student information, campus maps, an on-line phone directory, and other student resources.
For computing information, the main site is
For immediate computer help, call the Help Desk at 792-9700 or e-mail

Remote Access
If you have a personal computer equipped with a modem, DSL, cable broadband connection, or other Internet Service Provider, you can access the MUSC website to check on your e-mail or use the directory. Remote access to the MUSC network is provided by a variety of methods depending on your needs. The most common type of remote access to MUSC resources is by using Webapps. Open a browser and go to login using your netid. Access your mail by browsing to
If you require access to files stored on MUSC servers or a campus network device, you may request VPN access by going to

For additional information on remote access, go to You must read and agree to the MUSC Computer Use Policy for all types of remote access.

Wireless Access
Information Services maintains many 802.11/a/b/g and N wireless connection points around campus. These offer connection speeds up to300Mbps. IS plans to completely cover the campus with wireless access points. For more information on wireless coverage, access, and setup, see

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Though it isn’t necessary to install VPN to surf the MUSC website or check your mail, it may be necessary for a few to sign up for VPN to gain secure access to sensitive networked devices and data hosts on campus. You can read about it and sign up here:

Research Applications
Graduate students and other researchers have access to a number of advanced applications on the University’s UNIX systems. The application areas include the Biomolecular Computing Resource ( and Statistical Analysis. For more information on these applications, contact the BCR Manager (792-0751) or the IS Help Desk (792-9700).

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), 792-4930
30 Bee Street
Counseling and Psychological Services provides a wide array of counseling and mental health services for MUSC students.  CAPS seeks to help students with normal social or developmental issues as well as serious mental health problems.  We provide services to help students enhance personal assets, increase self-understanding, and develop effective coping strategies.  We provide psychological evaluation, individual and couples therapy, psychopharmacologic assessment and management, psychometric assessment, and referral for other services as needed.  CAPS also facilitates student-initiated educational groups.  Services are strictly confidential and are free of charge.  Treatment records are safeguarded and are NOT included in academic records.  Staff members are especially sensitive to issues related to culture, race, and sexual orientation.  Please call 792-4930 to schedule an appointment.  Students may obtain emergency services after hours, on weekends, or holidays by calling the MUSC Paging Operator at 792-2123 and asking for the Senior Psychiatry Resident on call.  Please visit our website at for additional information and confidential on-line screenings.

Creating Collaborative Care (C3)
792-8230, SS449 Harper Student Center

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is engaging on an exciting initiative as the focus of the Quality Enhancement Plan for the university. The initiative, Creating Collaborative Care (C3) focuses on interprofessional education. This initiative responds to the fact that today’s health care system is highly complex and involves interaction of many different health care professionals in providing optimal patient care and advancing biomedical research.
C3 offers a continuum of interprofessional knowledge and teambuilding experiences. Students will engage in increasingly more sophisticated and expansive opportunities that promote and advance interprofessional education while receiving their formal education. Each step of this continuum is guided by four inter-dependent goals:

Goal 1: Students will acquire a set of defined teamwork competencies—knowledge, values, attitudes, personal and interprofessional skills, principles, beliefs and standards
Goal 2: Students will acquire knowledge, including the values and beliefs, of health professions different from their own discipline that will enable them to define interprofessional health care delivery or research
Goal 3: Students will apply their teamwork competencies in a collaborative interprofessional health care delivery or research learning setting
Goal 4: Students will demonstrate their teamwork competencies in a collaborative interprofessional health care delivery or translational research contexts.

The Student Advisory Board has a crucial role in shaping C3 activities for students. Student representation to the C3 is through the Student Advisory Board.
The Student Interprofessional Society (SIPS) is a student organization which focuses on building interprofessional-related student activities on-campus.
MUSC faculty, staff, and students understand C3 as an essential pathway to improving education, and tie the provision of biomedical research and health care delivery at all levels with all professions working together.

Team Competencies
Creating Collaborative Care (C3) is an interprofessional education initiative embraced by the Medical University of South Carolina as an integral part of student learning across all colleges and programs. An important first step in working effectively with others around a common goal is the development of teamwork competencies. These competencies require knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enhance overall performance for health care practitioners and researchers.

Definition of a Team
1.Teams consist of two or more individuals with a common goal.
2.Team members have specific roles that include specific tasks that the members interact around to coordinate their efforts to achieve a common goal or outcome.
3.Teams make decisions, solve problems, provide support, accomplish missions, and plan their work.
4.Teams possess all the required specialized knowledge, skills, and/or resources required to serve their mission and often function under conditions of high workload.
5.Teams differ from small groups in that they embody a collective action arising out of task interdependency. Teamwork characteristically mandates an adjustment on the part of team members to one another, either sequentially or   simultaneously, in an effort to accomplish team goals.
6.High performance teams’ members are mutually accountable for each other’s performance.

Knowledge Competencies
1.Define teams and describe when the use of teams is valuable or necessary
2.Define basic processes involved in understanding group dynamics and give examples of strategies for using these processes effectively
a. Communication
b. Decision-making
c. Group problem solving
d. Group development stages
3. Define the behaviors that lead to effective teamwork
4. List the attributes and attitudes found in effective teams

Skills: As a team member, contributes to group effectiveness by demonstrating the following behaviors that contribute to:
1. Achieving the group task
a. Initiating: Proposing tasks, goals, or action, defining group problems, suggesting a procedure.
b. Seeking Information: Asking for opinions, facts, and feelings
c. Giving Information: Offering facts, giving an opinion or idea.
d. Clarifying: Interpreting or elaborating on ideas; asking questions in an effort to understand or promote understanding.
e. Summarizing: Pulling together related ideas; restating suggestions; offering a decision or conclusion for group to consider.
f. Consensus taking: Asking if a group is nearing a decision; sending up a trial balloon to test a possible conclusion; asking everyone where they stand on an issue, whether they agree or disagree.
g. Accountability: takes responsibility for contributing, completing tasks, assumes roles of facilitator, recorder, timekeeper, supports team decisions

2. Maintaining a positive group attitude and communication
a. Communication Gatekeeper: Helping others to participate; keeping communication channels open, keeping people from dominating conversation.
b. Encouraging: Being friendly, warm, and responsive to others, indicating (by facial expression or remark) interest in others’ contributions.
c. Resolving Conflict: Helping people explore their differences, agree on common points; reconcile disagreements, relieving tension in group, admitting own errors.
d. Acknowledging Feelings: Reflecting feelings of the group, expressing process related progress of the group, i.e.,” we seem to be getting frustrated”,
e. Setting Standards: Setting norms for group behavior and activity, testing whether group is satisfied with its procedures, pointing out explicit or implicit norms.
f. Openness: Recognizes and acknowledges the diverse roles, strengths and styles of group members.

Attitudes: As a team member, demonstrates the following attitudes:
a. Appreciation of the value of team decisions and a positive regard for teamwork
b. Respect for all team members
c. Mutual trust
d. Openness to feedback and improving team effectiveness
e. Importance of a shared vision
Developed by MUSC’s Creating Collaborative Care (C3) Implementation Committee, in consultation with Tom Kent, PhD, College of Charleston and Valerie T. West, Ed.D, Medical University of South Carolina, November 2007.

What is the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Fellowship?
The fellowship is an opportunity for students to engage in interprofessional learning opportunities beyond those developed within their academic programs. It consists of a variety of structured and self-directed learning activities, and allows a student to build upon participation in existing MUSC interprofessional experiences (i.e., IP Day, Presidential Scholars, interprofessional electives, etc) and add to these through additional work.

What is Required to Complete the Fellowship?
To complete the fellowship, the student must fulfill the following requirements:
A. Core Activities:
1) Attend IP Day 1st or 2nd year experience and write a 1 page reflective about what was learned.
2) Using an evidenced-based approach, write a paper that discusses a model for teamwork, including reference to the literature and research about a particular team (healthcare, research, other).
3) Participate in a minimum of 15 hours of an interprofessional activity (in community, clinical, research setting) and write a 1 page reflective paper about the experience.

B. Electives:
Complete at least one MUSC IP Electives:
IP 700 Caring for the Community
IP 701 Health Care and the Humanities
IP 702 Films of the Clinical Experience
IP 703 Making Clinical Connections
IP 704 Smiles for Life (Oral Health)
IP 705 Basic Beginning Medical Spanish
IP 706 Basic Intermediate Medical Spanish
IP 707 Addressing Childhood Obesity
IP 738 Clinical Research Ethics
Others to be developed

C. Practicum Experiences:
Complete at least one of the following and following the activity, write a 1-2 page reflective paper about how the experience fostered leadership skills
a) South Carolina Rural Interdisciplinary Program of Training (SCRIPT)
b) Presidential Scholars Program
c) CLARION Competition
d) Mission trip involving multiple professions
e) Student developed practicum

D. Summative Paper:
Write a report (3-5 pages) that:
a) summarizes your interprofessional education experiences from the fellowship activities,
b) reflects on how these experiences have contributed to your understanding of your own profession,
c) reflects on how these experiences have prepared you to be an effective collaborator and leader in future interprofessional settings.

Why Should I Complete the IPE Fellowship?
Completion of the fellowship will demonstrate to employers and residency directors that you have acquired knowledge and skills to be an effective leader in interprofessional collaboration. Interprofessional practice is the future of healthcare and demonstration of these skills will make you an attractive candidate for future positions. While interprofessional practice is increasing in the United States, it is an established priority in the Canadian and United Kingdom healthcare systems. For biomedical researchers, ability to work effectively as an interprofessional collaborator will assist with translational research efforts. You will be a pioneer of interprofessional education in the United States. And, there will be opportunities to interact with other fellows and have fun!

How will Employers and Residency Directors Know I Have Completed the Fellowship?
Fellowship completion will be noted on your academic transcript, and reference letters may be available upon request. You will also be recognized during graduation.

How Do I Apply?
Any MUSC student can apply for the fellowship. There is an online application form that needs to be completed. Once the application form has been received and approved, the student will be registered into an IPE Fellowship MOODLE site through which to submit fellowship assignments.

Who Can Apply?
Any MUSC student can apply for the fellowship.

Can I Apply for the Fellowship at Any Time While a Student?
Yes, though the sooner in your studies you apply for the fellowship, you will have more time to complete the requirements. It is possible to receive retroactive credit for activities completed prior to fellowship application.

I am a Student Near the End of My Education at MUSC, Can I Complete the Fellowship with Retroactive Credit?
Yes, but it may be difficult. Retroactive credit for completion of fellowship activities is available for several of the requirements.

When are Fellowship Assignments Due?
Fellows may complete assignments at any time and post them on Moodle. For completion of fellowship on the transcript at the time of graduation, students must complete all assignments by the 15th of the month prior to their graduation month.

Specific examples follow:
For Fall Graduates: November 15th of the graduation year
For Spring Graduates: April 15th of the graduation year
For Summer Graduates: July 15th of the graduation year (June 15th for OT notation in July ceremony)

How are Fellowship Assignments and Completion of the Fellowship Graded?
All fellowship activities are pass/fail. A fellowship advisory committee oversees completion of assignments and that they reflect thought and knowledge acquisition. If a completed assignment is viewed as insufficient, the student will be given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment.

What University Office Oversees the Fellowship?
The fellowship is directed through the Creating Collaborative Care (C3) office, a unit of the Provost’s Office.

Whom Should I Contact for More Information?
Contact: Amy Leaphart at or 792-8230
Amy Blue, PhD at or 792-3409

For additional information on the fellowship, currently offered electives, student competitions and organizations such as CLARION, Presidential Scholars, SIPS, and more visit

Digital Imaging, 792-4730
Application & Passport Photos
107 Basic Science Bldg
Other services include prints from digital files, scanning, image enhancements and location photography.  Find them on the web at

Disabled Students’ Services
Students seeking accommodations for a disability should complete a Request for Accommodation form and present it (along with certification of the disability) to their college’s ADA Coordinator or the 504 ADA Student Coordinator for the university.  Forms are available online or from your college ADA Coordinator.  Forms and information about ADA Coordinators for each college can be found at

Enrollment Management, 792-5396
41 Bee Street
Provides central administrative and management services in the areas of admissions, financial aid, registration, academic records, classroom scheduling, preparation of the University bulletin, as well as coordination of commencement activities.  Detailed information is available at

41 Bee Street 792-5396
Coordination of pre-application advising, online application, data collection, and application analysis for each program in the six colleges.

Federal Work Study Program
Harper Student Center 3rd floor 792-2536
The Federal Work Study program, coordinated by the Financial Aid office, promotes part-time employment of students who demonstrate financial need.  The Job Placement Guide is available to all FWS awardees.  It lists specific FWS work assignments and corresponding pay rates.
Financial Aid Services
Harper Student Center 3rd floor 792-2536
Counseling services on loans, grants, scholarships, and Federal Work Study are coordinated through this office.  Assistance in completing applications and determining financial aid eligibility is available. For additional information about financial aid, contact Financial Aid Services at or visit

Registrar and Records 
41 Bee Street 792-5396
Management of registration, course documentation, academic records, degree audits, transcripts and other record-keeping processes supporting student academic history.  Verification of information for licensing boards and employment is also supported.

International Visa Support for Students, Faculty, and Staff, 792-7083
Harper Student Center, Rooms 450-451
This office assists with preparation of visa documents for students, faculty and staff. The F-1 and J-1 visas are the ones typically used by MUSC students. The I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for the F-1 Student Visa) or the DS- 2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa) will be used to obtain either the F-1 visa stamp or the J-1 visa stamp at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country. I-20’s for new or continuing graduate students are issued through this office.

MUSC is designated to sponsor scholars in the Exchange Visitor Program administered by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Exchange Program. This J-1 program is the most frequently used visa classification for international academic scholars. This visa classification is used for those scholars whose stay is temporary (3 years) in the U.S.

This office also processes H-1B visa documents for employees of the University. We work with department personnel to advise and obtain all necessary documents for this process.

In consultation with the administration, faculty and Office of General Counsel, this office determines the visa and employment options which will permit the greatest benefit and flexibility to the individual and the university. We work with federal and state governmental agencies, international organizations, U.S. and foreign consular posts and public and private entities to obtain appropriate visa documentation for admission to the U.S, authorization for employment and maintenance of legal status for our international population.

This office assists with other official government documents and requirements such as change of address notification (required), travel signatures, family visitor paperwork (B-2 visas), driver’s license letters, and visa preparation for immediate family members; however, we do not provide tax advice, nor do we currently process green cards. We can refer individuals interested in obtaining a green card to a South Carolina attorney, and we do not advise anyone at MUSC to use attorneys out of the state of South Carolina.

Some important reminders for F-1 international students include: 

  1. If you change your major or degree level, obtain a new I-20.
  2. If you plan to transfer to a new school, immediately notify this office.
  3. Do not work without proper employment permission from USCIS.
  4. Limit on-campus employment to a total of 20 hours per week.

Some important reminders for J-1 international students include:

  1. Do not change major or degree without consulting this office.
  2. Do not consider beginning a new program at another school without consulting this office.
  3. Do not work over 20 hours.
  4. Notify this office of employment.
  5. You and your dependents must have adequate health insurance coverage while in the U.S. Please make sure you know the requirements and adhere to them.

This office is currently staffed with 3 people, which makes walk-ins/drop-ins difficult. Unless you have an emergency, please make an appointment.  Email is very effective for appointments or questions you may have. We will post walk-in hours as the fall semester approaches.  However, it is to the benefit of all concerned if appointments are made so that we may know in advance what your concern or need is and how best to assist you.  Please call Emily Brown or email her to schedule an appointment.

Library, 792-2381
171 Ashley Avenue

The Library’s primary purpose is to meet the information needs of faculty, staff and students, and to support the curriculum, research, and patient care goals of the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Studies and the Medical Center. The Library serves as a database and knowledge center, an academic support unit, an electronic educational center, and a leader in information planning.

The MUSC Library occupies the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of the James W. Colbert Education Center and Library, with entrances on the 2nd and 4th floors. Students have MUSC ID card access to the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Entrance is via the 2nd floor.

The Library homepage URL is

Library Web and Information Resources:

The library offers a wide variety of information resources covering all aspects of the health sciences. The Library Web ( provides a gateway to this information.

Books: The Books link on top right sided of the Library’s Homepage provides access point to hundreds of electronic books. Another access point is the MUSC Catalog. MDConsult and AccessMedicine provide access to approximately one hundred standard biomedical textbooks

Journals: The eJournals link on the Library’s Homepage provides an access point to over 19,000 electronic and print journals. (July 1, 2011). Your MUSC NetID login and password provide access to almost all the eJournals.

Databases: The library provides access to a number of biomedical bibliographic databases including MEDLINE (PubMed and Ovid Medline), CINAHL Plus with Full Text, PsycINFO, and SciFinder Web; these require your NetID login and password when you access them from off-campus (except PubMed). Free health sciences bibliographic databases available include PubMed, RehabData, AgeLine, POPLINE, Toxnet, ERIC and patent databases. There are links to the Library’s ejournal collection in PubMed, Ovid Medline, CINAHL and SciFinder Web.

Knowledge Bases: The library provides access to a number of full text resources including DynaMed and UpToDate (overviews of medical diseases), MicroMedex and Lexi-Comp(drug information), Cochrane Library and ACP Journal Club (evidence-based practice), Exam Master (subject review and board preparation tool) and Hands on Health, including GoLocal-SC (consumer health and health services information for South Carolinians)

Subject-Related Web Links: The reference staff has organized a number of Selected Internet Resources by subject, including the basic sciences, clinical medicine, dental medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and the allied health professions.

Edweb provides an easy way to access to your Moodle and BlackBoard courses as well as other online educational resources such as Procedures Consult, Exam Master, NetAnatomy, Human Anatomy Online and VisualDX.

Library staffed hours, including 4th floor library hours are as follows:
Sunday   1:00 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Monday - Thursday  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday   7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Beverages in resealable containers and snack items are allowed in the Library but not near the computers.  No smoking or other tobacco use is allowed in the building.

Frequently Called Numbers
 4th floor service desk: 792-2381 
 Reference Desk:  792-2372
 2nd floor service desk: 792-2371
 Systems:  792-2811

Study Areas


There are study carrels on all floors of the Library.  Most carrels are on the perimeter of the building.  Approximately 30 carrels are available for the whole semester via a lottery system.  See the How do I … on the Library Homepage for details.

Pods with three separated work areas for individual and small group study are on the 3rd floor.

Tables are located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the library.

Mobile whiteboards are located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the library.

Group study:  There are twenty enclosed small group study rooms in the Library; five on the second floor and fifteen on the third. Group study has priority over individual study in these rooms. First come, first serve! Students "police" their use.


Reference: Reference librarians are available on the 4th floor of the Library, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., by phone (792-2372), via the web ( Ask a Reference Librarian service) and Live Chat (

Individual appointments may be made with a reference librarian. The reference staff offers a variety of library-related classes. A listing of these classes may be found on the Library Web.

2nd and 4th floor service desks: Staff are available at the 2nd and 4th floor service desks to assist you.

Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan: At no charge, students may request books or obtain copies of journal articles not owned by the library through the Document Delivery service. Request forms may be filled out at 2nd and 4th floor service desks or online (select Online Library Forms and then Document Delivery/ ILL from the Library Webpage). Journal articles are delivered electronically whenever possible. Books from South Carolina Academic libraries can be borrowed and delivered to the MUSC Library through the PASCAL Delivers service.

Photocopy: There are photocopiers on the second, third and fourth floors of the library. Copies are $.15 per page or $.10 per page when a GoPrint card is used. GoPrint cards may be purchased for $1.00 from GoPrint stations located on the 2nd and 4th floors. A dollar’s worth of copies are on the card. Value can be added at the GoPrint workstations.

Laser Printing: Black and white laser printing is available at $.07 per side for single-sided printing and $.05 per side for double-sided printing. GoPrint cards can be purchased or value added to the print cards at the GoPrint Stations located on the 2nd and 4th floors. When printing a PowerPoint presentation, it would be appreciated if multiple slides were printed - six per page and dark backgrounds changed to light. Color laser printing is available at $.25 per side on the 4th floor.

Lockers are available, first-come, first-serve on the first day of classes each semester. Lockers are assigned at the 4th floor service desk. Lockers are located on the 2nd floor of the library. Students should remove all their belongings from the lockers by the last day of exams.

Student Technology Support Services: MUSC IT technologists will help students with their laptop computers and mobile devices including PDAs and smartphones. Service hours are Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from Noon to 4 P.M on the 4th floor of the Library.. Hours may change as student demand changes.

The Digital E @MUSC Library offers new electronic devices for check out at the 4th floor service desk. iPads , Kindle 2 e-book readers with medical books, 10 mega-pixel digital camera, Flip video camcorders, and a pocket size portable projector are available.

Rosetta Stone – Spanish: Learn Spanish using the Rosetta Stone software located on the 4th floor.

Class reserves: Printed and multimedia class reserve materials are available at the 4th floor service desk (792-2381).

Lamps are available at the 2nd floor service desk.

Practice Your Presentation: Library computer classrooms can be reserved in the evenings to practice your presentations. To reserve a classroom go to A flip video camcorder can be checked out to record your practice presentations.

Collection Locations

Books:  2nd floor
Journals: 3rd floor
Multimedia:  4th floor
Reference Books:  4th floor
Reserves:  4th floor

Informatics Labs

The Informatics Labs are located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. Approximately 200 Windows and Apple computers are available.There are six computer classrooms, open floor labs, and graphic workstations. General use workstations include access to the library¹s electronic resources, the Internet, e-mail, Microsoft Office, SPSS, EndNote as well as other commonly used software. The graphics/scanner area on the 4th floor has the following software available: Adobe Creator Suite which includes: Photoshop 11.0, Illustrator 14.0, LiveCycle Design 8.2, InDesign 6.0,Fireworks 10.0, Flash Professional 10.0, OmniPage Pro 17.0,Dreamweaver 10.4, Acrobat Professional 9.4; and Media Encoder 4.0. These programs are also available on selected workstations in the 2nd floor computer lab. Wireless connection is available throughout the library. Room 436 has been designated as a quiet area. An MUSC ID is required to use the Informatics Lab. Black and white laser printing is $.07 per side for single-sided and $.05 per side for double-sided printing. Color laser printing is $.25 per side. The PS&E staff, Learning Common Technologists and the Computer Lab Manager are available to help students.


Books, journals and multimedia materials may be returned to the 2nd and 4th floor service desks. When the library is not staffed, books and journals can be returned through a book slot located outside the library on the 2nd floor or left in book/journal slot at the 2nd floor service desk.  Also, a book drop located just outside the James W. Colbert Education Center and Library Building on the Basic Science Building side is available for the return of library materials.

The Waring Historical Library (WHL), adjacent to the Basic Science Building, houses books, journals, manuscript items, and museum artifacts dealing with the history of the health sciences. WHL is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on holidays. Topics in the History of the Health Sciences (INTDS 613), a survey course sponsored by the library, is held in the Spring semester and is open to all students.

The Systems Office, Room 425, is available to assist you with NetID problems as well as complex informatics lab questions.

Lost and Found is at the 4th floor service desk.

Nintendo Wii:  Take a break from studying by using the Wii on the 4th floor. Wii Fit, Wii Sports, Trauma Center New Blood and Wii Nunchuks are available.  

College of Dental Medicine 792-6419
       Room 436, Basic Science Building
College of Health Professions 792-7256
       “Cyber Cafe,” 151 Rutledge Avenue
College of Medicine 792-2770
       “The Recovery Room,” 168 Ashley Avenue
College of Nursing 792‑2066
       First floor, Nursing Building
College of Pharmacy 792-9500
       QE222 & QF103, Pharmacy Building

Mail Service
Each college has its own system for handling student mail.  Some have individual student mailboxes; some distribute student mail through the department or program office.  If you are not told during orientation, please check with your dean’s office about how student mail is handled in your college.  If you expect to receive mail at the University, please remind everyone to address it properly.  Mail may get lost if the address does not include the following information:

Medical University of South Carolina
Individual’s Name
Department Name
Mail Stop Code (each Department has one)
Charleston, SC 29425

There is a coin‑operated US postal center located inside the Education Center/Library in the ground floor stairwell on the BSB side of the building.
For campus postal service information:

Meal Card Services – Student Debit Cards
Meal Card Services – Student Debit Cards MUSC students may obtain meal services’ student debit cards by opening an account in the Office of the Director of Retail Services/Cafeteria Manager, Room H109, located on the hallway leading to the cafeteria between Casa Vida - Freshens and Subway.  An ID badge and check or cash are required to open an account.

Once an account has been opened, money may be added to the account by dropping off a check made payable to MUHA in the small box outside the office.  Cash transactions must be made in the office during regular hours.

Meal services’ student debit cards can be used at Casa Vida - Freshens, Rainbows & Lollipops Gift Shops, Subway (main hospital and Harborview Towers), both Starbucks, Rutledge Tower Cafeteria, in the Main Hospital Cafeteria and in the Ashley River Tower Cafeteria.  

Receipts will show current card balance after each transaction.
Additionally, all service areas can do a balance inquiry.

We now also accept major credit cards for purchases –Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover.

Please call 792-4558 with questions and comments.

Parking Management, Office of, 792-3665
91 President Street
MUSC has a large and comprehensive parking system of over 9,500 parking spaces.  Parking options for students range from the no-charge park-and-ride Hagood parking system to reserved parking in an on-campus location.  In between is a mid-range-priced off-campus reserved location.  In addition, students may use such transportation resources as the city’s CARTA bus service, carpooling, and walking or riding a bike or motorcycle.  The following more detailed  information will help you make workable commuting plans.

Reserved Parking for Students
Returning Students: Annual parking registration for returning students is held each year in early spring.   Specific dates and times  are distributed by e-mail and are published in campus publications.  Returning students may purchase parking during this registration period in accordance with a published distribution plan approved by SGA.  Reserved parking is offered at the semester rate, with the parking semesters coinciding with the academic calendar (  All registrations must be paid for at the time of registration by credit card, debit card, or e-check.

New Students: New students register for parking during academic registration at the beginning of each semester.  Reserved parking opportunities for new students are more limited than for returning students, but some of the listed parking options are available in addition to those described under the following Park and Ride section. 

Park and Ride
As a parking option, the University provides free parking in the Hagood commuter park-and-ride system and provides shuttle bus service between MUSC and the Hagood, parking lots with additional stops serving the student parking lots near the Harborview Office Tower. Shuttle bus schedules are posted and are available from University Transportation Services, 577-6860, or the Office of Parking Management at 91 President Street.

Registering for parking in the commuter parking system does not guarantee a space.  Parking is offered on a first-come, first served basis.  You should have a fall-back plan for times when the commuter parking locations are full.

To register for the Hagood commuter lot, go to WebAdvisor and choose the Hagood Parking Registration link.  You should print the form and bring it to Parking Management to obtain your parking authorization (hang tag).

CARTA Express Bus Service
MUSC has partnered with CARTA to provide use of CARTA Express and regular CARTA service at no charge.  For information about CARTA Express routes, visit their website at

Bicycles and Motorcycles
For those who use bicycles or motorcycles, special parking is provided on campus.  Information on parking locations may be obtained from Parking Management at 91 President Street, 2nd floor, or by calling 792-3665.  Bicycles must be registered with the City of Charleston Police Department at the MUSC Public Safety Office, 101 Doughty Street.

Parking at the Harper Student Center
The Harper Student Center garage is open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday for use by students exercising their Wellness Center privileges.

After Hours and Weekend Parking
In order to access the library, labs, or study areas, after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and major holidays, students may park free in the President Street employee parking garage.  Presentation of a valid MUSC student ID is required to enter and exit this facility M-F.  ( Students are not authorized to park in patient parking locations during the day while attending class or studying or while at MUSC as an employee.  If a student parks in a patient area s/he will be required to pay the posted rate for the entire length of the parking stay, will be subject to being cited for unauthorized parking and may be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to the Student Honor Code.)

Carpool Website
If you are interested in carpooling, you can visit the MUSC Carpool website at  

Parking Citations
City of Charleston parking citations are issued by MUSC enforcement officers on the MUSC campus.  All MUSC reserved parking areas are restricted to registered decal and permit holders.  Parking areas are enforced 24 hours a day unless otherwise posted, and all parking signs and regulations are strictly enforced.  Public parking areas are enforced in accordance with regulations posted at each location.

If you should receive a parking citation on campus which you feel is unjust or in error, you may appeal the citation through the MUSC hearing officer.  Appeals are heard at the Office of Parking Management at 91 President Street, 2nd floor, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 pm and on Thursdays between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

Parking Management Office Hours
The Office of Parking Management is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for registration of vehicles and for assistance in all parking and commuter transportation matters.  The telephone number is 792-3665.  The office is located on the second floor in Parking Garage II, on the corner of President and Bee Streets.  You may park at Parking Garage II while conducting business with Parking Management.  Ask the attendant on duty at the President Street entrance for assistance.

For more information please check the Office of Parking Management website at  If you have questions or comments and would like to send an email you can send it to and it will be answered within 48 hours.

Parking Management Contact Numbers
General Parking Information and Assistance:  792-3665
Manager of  Student and Employee Parking Services:  792-6760

Parking Enforcement Supervisor:  478-7022
Parking Maintenance & Repair:  303-8460
Business Manager:  792-7044
Director:  792-2597

Public Safety: Your Campus Law Enforcement Department, 792-2261
101 Doughty Street
Security on campus, as everywhere else, presents each of us with a personal challenge.  We do not want to encourage paranoia, but we do want to remind you to be careful on campus and in the surrounding areas. The Public Safety Office is located at 101 Doughty Street on the corner of Doughty and President Streets.  It can be contacted around the clock for emergencies at 792-4196 and at 792-2261 for non-emergency calls.   Public Safety offers a variety of services, described below.

Call or come by for assistance with vehicle location, keys locked in the car, jump starts, etc.

Bicycle Safety
Bicycles are in big demand and may fall prey to theft if not effectively secured.  Bikes should be secured only to designated bike racks so they do not impede traffic or cause a safety hazard.  All bikes must be registered by the City of Charleston Police Department through the Public Safety Office.  A comprehensive booklet, S.C. Road Rules for Bikes, is available.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Crime Statistics Act Annual Security Report - 792-2261
The Medical University of South Carolina Department of Public Safety is committed to providing the safest environment possible for work and study.  Part of that commitment involves providing information about campus security to current and prospective students and employees.  This report, prepared in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, outlines the University’s security policies and discloses campus crime statistics.  This report may be accessed on the Department of Public Safety website at  A hard copy of this document may be obtained upon request by contacting the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Public Safety, 101 Doughty Street, Charleston, SC 29425.

Silent Watch - 792-3018
If you would like to make the Department of Public Safety aware of a problem and wish to remain anonymous, use the Silent Watch Program located on the Department of Public Safety web page.  When you make a Silent Watch report, you do not have to identify yourself unless you desire an answer to a specific question.  To file a Silent Watch report, go to and select Silent Watch.   Fill in the form and submit it.  If you wish to be contacted, include your contact information.  Your submission will remain anonymous unless you wish to be contacted.

Borrow the engraver to mark your valuables for easier identification if they are stolen.

Escort Service - 792-2261
Call Public Safety 24 hours a day for an escort on campus or within the immediate campus area.

Home Security Surveys - 792-1070
The Department  of  Public Safety will provide crime prevention security surveys of student residences in the vicinity of the university.  The purpose of these surveys is to improve the security of the residences by identifying security weaknesses and recommending corrective actions.  The recommendations made during a crime prevention security survey are intended to improve the security of your residence to a level that would make it unattractive to a thief.  Following the recommendations will make your apartment less susceptible to theft.  However, the Department of Public Safety cannot guarantee that your apartment will not be the site of a crime, even if all recommendations are carried out.

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.)
R.A.D. is a Rape Aggression Defense course.  It is a personal safety education program with a practical blend of threat avoidance strategies and real world assault resistance tactics for women.  The focus of the R.A.D. course is on developing personal and physical safety skills that can be safely practiced in a comfortable learning environment.

The R.A.D. program is not a traditional self-defense course.  It fills a long-standing void by enabling women to learn a set of cognitive and physical skills that  will be beneficial for a lifetime.  R.A.D. students find the manner of instruction supportive and the course an empowering experience.

The R.A.D. program, which has been taught to thousands of women at universities worldwide, is offered to female students and employees through the Medical University of South Carolina Public Safety Department.  We have four certified R.A.D. instructors who work together to teach the courses and provide students with a more personal experience.

If you are interested in participating in R.A.D., contact PSO Leslie Moore, by dialing 792-2261 or email her at

Many IDs are turned in to Public Safety’s Lost and Found.  If  your lost ID is not found, a new ID can be made at Public Safety for $15.00.

Lost and Found
Check Lost and Found in the Public Safety Office before you replace anything you’ve lost in the campus vicinity.  Be a good citizen and turn in any possessions you find to Lost and Found.

Security Precautions
Public Safety’s eight tips and words of caution:
If you must remain in the campus buildings after  closing time and after most people are gone for the day, try to have at least one other student keep you company.
Stay on the well‑traveled throughways and refrain from using dark or obscure shortcuts.
Personal property, purses, briefcases, backpacks, etc. should never be left unattended (even in the library).
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and never display  large amounts of money.
Keep your car doors locked.
Bicycles have a habit of “disappearing.”  Please lock them up securely.
If you must walk alone on campus after dark, Public  Safety will give you an escort.  Call the dispatcher at 792‑2261.
Report suspicious activity or persons to Public Safety by calling 792-4196.

Victim Assistance
First, if you are ever in a violent situation on-campus, call Public Safety immediately at 792‑4196, or off‑campus, call Charleston Police at 911.  For follow‑up assistance to a violent or non‑violent crime or victimization, call any of the following campus/community resources:
   Counseling & Psychological Services, 792‑4930 (The CAPS staff is knowledgeable about university resources and victim support.)
   People Against Rape, 745-0144 (PAR has trained staff and volunteers to assist women or men who have been the victim of assault, rape, and/or date rape.)  Crisis Hotline, 1-800-241-7273
   Student Programs, 792‑2693 (always a good ear and referral service)

Emergency Call Boxes
We have installed 114 Emergency Call Boxes on campus to provide an increased level of security, serve as a deterrent to crime, and enhance the ability of Public Safety to respond to an incident immediately.  These call boxes are painted a highly visible orange and have a blue light on top to make them easily identifiable at night. If you encounter an emergency situation, simply push and release the button on the box, and you will be in immediate communication with the MUSC Public Safety dispatcher. To answer the dispatcher, push the button to talk and release the button to listen.  If you feel you are in danger and cannot stop to talk to the dispatcher, pushing the call box button by itself will initiate a police response to the alarmed call box.

If you have any questions about the system, call Public Safety at 792-2261.  For additional information about the capabilities and services of the Department of Public Safety, visit us on the internet at

St. Luke’s Chapel, 792-6775
181 Ashley Avenue

St. Luke’s Chapel, located at the corner of Ashley Avenue and Bee Street, was originally part of a federal arsenal built between 1825 and 1832.  Through the dedication and vision of The Reverend Anthony Toomer Porter, the school that would become the Porter Military Academy was moved to the site in 1879, and an artillery shed was later converted into the Chapel.  The building served Porter students from 1883 until 1965 when the Medical College (now Medical University) of South Carolina took possession of the property.  The Chapel was rededicated on April 17, 1966, and renamed for St. Luke, the physician.  After its near-destruction by Hurricane Hugo, St. Luke’s Chapel was restored and rededicated on February 10, 1994, affirming MUSC’s commitment to healthcare and health education as an art with spiritual, ethical, emotional, and relational components.  The tracker organ is dedicated to the memory of Margaret S. Metcalf by her husband, Professor Isaac S.H. (Ted) Metcalf, who was a member of the University faculty.  The organ’s pipe shade carvings are symbolic of the healing arts and also depict South Carolina lowcountry flora and fauna.

This historic, non-denominational chapel serves as a location for numerous weddings.  The Chapel also serves as a hall for religious and devotional services, convocations, white coat ceremonies, stethoscope ceremonies, awards ceremonies, concerts, memorial services, funerals, lectures and other activities. It is available to all recognized campus organizations and individual students, faculty, and staff for specific functions and to the general public as well.  Approximately 100 weddings are held in the Chapel each year.  The wedding reservation fee varies, with MUSC students receiving a significant discount.  “St. Luke’s Recital Series” is presented at 12:15 each Tuesday September through December and February through April.  This series of free weekly concerts is presented through the generosity of members of the American Guild of Organists and friends.  The series schedule is on the Chapel’s website at

The Chapel is open to the public, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., each weekday.  Please stop by at your convenience during these hours and see this beautiful, historic building.
For more information, call the Chapel Office, 792-6775.

Spiritual Care
462E4 North Tower, 171 Ashley Ave

Pastoral Care Services
Pastoral Care Services offers spiritual care and emotional support to students, staff, and hospital patients/families. Chaplains are available 24 hours a day; call 792-9464 during regular hours or 792-2123 and ask for the Chaplain. Visit the Pastoral Care website for more information on this service and the individual Chaplains representing most faiths:

Campus Ministry
These ministers and laypersons make themselves available to all MUSC students and plan fellowship opportunities on campus.

Baptist.............Reverend Peter Hyatt, 723-6241
Catholic...........Jim Grove, 937-5993
Episcopal.........Father Dow Sanderson, 722-2024
                         Father Patrick Allen, 722-2024
Jewish..............Rabbi Sytner, 577-6599

Methodist.........Reverend Lisa Hawkins, 958-9149
Presbyterian....Colin Kerr, 723-9237
Lutheran..........Sarah Lang  723-1611

"Caritas,” sponsored by the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, meets every Thursday at Noon in ECL 103.  “TGIF,” sponsored by the Charleston Wesley Foundation, meets every Friday at noon in BSB 451 for fellowship, worship and lunch.

Student Accounting, 792-2170
SS357A, Harper Student Center

The Student Accounting Office is responsible for billing students for all tuition and fees and dispersing financial aid from all sources.  Payment for all tuition and fees is required prior to the start of classes to avoid late fees.  Institutional promissory notes are signed online through our third party vendor.  The student has a choice of having their refund of financial aid either by direct deposit into their bank account or having a paper check mailed to their permanent address.  Institutional loans are collected for up to ten years after students graduate.  The Office of Student Accounting clears students for graduation by completion of online exit interviews.  Student loan deferments and cancellations are to be completed through this office or our third party vendor.

Student Health Services, 792-3664
30 Bee Street
Student Health Services is devoted entirely to providing quality health care to the students at MUSC.  Services include outpatient treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, preventive health care, and health education.  Hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Hours may be modified during Christmas Break, Spring Break and the summer months.  Services are available for students actively enrolled in semester course work who have paid the Student Services Fee.  Students who are not actively enrolled or have elected not to pay the Student Services Fee are not eligible for services.  Validated identification badges are required for students to be seen at Student Health Services or at Emergency Services.

Emergency Care
For life-threatening emergencies, please call 911.  During the hours that Student Health is closed, you may need to seek attention for urgent/emergent medical care.  You can be seen at Emergency Services, located in the Medical University Hospital, 169 Ashley Ave.  The phone number there is 792-3826.  A decision to seek medical assistance at the Medical University Hospital Emergency Services should be made carefully, as it may involve significant financial expense.  Please take your current student ID and current health insurance information with you.  You are financially responsible for any charges/fees not paid for by your insurance.  This service is not free.

Student Health Insurance
Health Insurance is mandatory for all MUSC students.  Actively enrolled students (in a degree seeking program) taking 6 or more semester hours are automatically billed for single coverage under the Group Plan for MUSC students every Fall & Spring Semester.  All students must activate an On-Line Account with Pearce & Pearce, Inc. every semester in order to receive a new Insurance Card and Prescription Drug Card.   If you have health insurance under a private plan, you must submit a formal On-Line Waiver every subsequent Fall & Spring semester of enrollment.  This plan covers expenses accompanying an accident, illness or hospitalization. This plan is administered by Pearce and Pearce, Inc.  The type of health insurance that a student obtains is entirely up to the student; however, it must offer comparable coverage to the University sponsored plan.   

Student Services Fee and Student Insurance
Most students pay a student services fee which allows them unlimited use of the Wellness Center, CAPS, Student Health Services (SHS), etc.  Services performed at Student Health (physical exams, allergy shots, in-office lab tests, spirometry, etc.) are available at no additional charge, and insurance is not billed.   Insurance is necessary for any specialty evaluation or lab/radiology studies performed outside Student Health Services.

Students are encouraged to know the benefits and limits of their insurance policies. Students enrolled on the MUSC Student Insurance Plan are required to seek care initially at Student Health Service for treatment of illness or injury.  The MUSC Student Insurance Plan covers 100% of any necessary routine diagnostic lab tests/radiology studies that may be ordered by the Student Health provider.  If the necessary treatment or service cannot be provided by Student Health Services, a referral to the appropriate specialist can be made.   Referrals to specialists MUST originate from Student Health Services except in the following situations:
Medical emergency.

Medical problems requiring urgent attention when Student Health Services is closed and/or when the student is more than 30 miles from campus.

Student Health Services is available to help students with enrollment questions and to assist, when needed, with issues regarding claims. However, we DO NOT adjudicate claims.

After Hours Excess Accident and Illness Benefit (A & I plan)
In addition to providing care at Student Health Services, full time students’ tuition and fees also include an EXCESS (secondary insurance) benefit. This benefit is payable for urgent medical problems that arise after hours up to $500. This benefit requires your primary insurance be filed first. The student must file a claim for reimbursement within 180 days of the date of injury/illness. Contact Student Health Services for more information at 843-792-3664.

Student Health Services operates by appointment, a practice which decreases waiting time and allows for better planning by all parties.  If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please notify Student Health so that your appointment time slot may be given to a fellow student.   Call 843-792-3664 to schedule an appointment.

Services Provided:
Outpatient medical care: diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses as well as minor injuries.
Preventive medical care: routine physical exams, cholesterol screening, annual pap smear/pelvic exam, etc.  (Labs for these items are billed to your health insurance).
Laboratory and Radiographic Studies: routine laboratory and radiographic studies appropriate for diagnostic purposes ordered by the SHS physician. Students are responsible for any and all charges not covered by their health insurance.
Immunizations: Student Health Services will provide annual PPD testing to actively enrolled students.  Tdap boosters, Flu immunization, travel vaccines, HEPATITIS B VACCINES AND PRE-MATRICULATION VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE FOR A FEE.
Health education publications and materials are available at Student Health Services on a variety of health topics.

Services Not Covered by the Health Fee:
Surgical procedures (outpatient or inpatient).
Cost of inpatient medical care and hospitalization.
Payment for prescription drugs.
Routine eye care (refraction, prescription glasses, contact lens care, etc.).
Routine dental care.
Ambulance services.
Obstetrical care.
Male and female fertility evaluations.
Dependents’ health care.
Laboratory or radiographic studies ordered outside of SHS.
Laboratory or radiographic studies not felt by SHS to be medically indicated.
Services when not actively enrolled in classes.  Students are eligible for medical care beginning the first day of classes and ending on the last day of semester exams.

Students with medical conditions requiring evaluation or treatment that is beyond the scope of services offered at Student Health may be referred to the appropriate specialist after initially being evaluated by Student Health.  The rules on referrals are as follows:

Referrals must originate at Student Health Services prior to the initial specialty consultation.  Some insurance companies do not require this; however this requirement must be followed if you are enrolled in the health insurance plan for MUSC students.  No exceptions will be made.
Additional referrals to other physicians must be made by SHS.
Referral is good for the initial evaluation of the diagnosis stated on the original consultation.  The referral must be renewed each year.
Referrals will be made only for students who have paid the Student Services Fee and are currently enrolled in semester course work.
Referrals will not be given for cosmetic reasons. This includes acne.
Referral does not cover the cost of office visits, surgery, office procedures, laboratory, or radiographic studies. The student will be accountable for any remaining balance not covered by their insurance.
Prior to the appointment, the student should review the coverage of their insurance policy.

Questions concerning this procedure may be directed to this office.


Allergy Shots
If you are receiving allergy injections and would like Student Health to administer them, you must provide your allergy extract, injection schedule, and instructions from your allergist. For Immunization Policy and Procedure please check our web site at

Pre-admission Requirements
All students entering the Medical University of South Carolina, full-time and part-time, must provide proof of immunizations and are required to have health insurance in the event of illness or injury.  Students not meeting the following requirements will not be allowed to attend classes.

Medical History (form provided in pre-enrollment materials).
Proof of immunity and/or immunization to the following prior to enrollment:
1.  Tuberculin Skin Test – Two Intradermal PPD’s (Mantoux 5 TU) within 3 months of enrollment.  If you have a history of a previously positive TB skin test, a chest x-ray (done after skin test was documented positive) is required.

2.  Measles (Rubeola-Red Measles), Mumps, & Rubella (German Measles):  Requirements based on date of birth.
•  Students born on or after 01/01/57 are required to have: One MMR Vaccine on or after the age of 12 months AND both after 12/31/67
•  Students born on or before 12/31/56 are required to have: One MMR Vaccine after 12/31/67
In lieu of Vaccination Documentation, Positive IGG Antibody Titers (blood tests proving immunity) to Measles, Mumps and Rubella are required.  Copies of the lab reports must be attached to the MUSC Immunization Record.

3. TETANUS - booster within the past 10 years. TDAP VACCINE REQUIRED AS OF 06/01/06.

4. VARICELLA (Chicken Pox) - must provide proof of immunity with a Positive Varicella Titer or two Varicella Vaccines (Varivax).

All immunizations or records must be documented in English and signed or stamped by a physician, nurse, or health care facility.  If proof of immunity is by a blood titer, a copy of the lab report must be attached to the Medical University of South Carolina Immunization Record.  Initials, abbreviations, or parental signatures are not acceptable.

Students who do not have the pre-matriculation immunization requirements completed prior to Registration Day will not be allowed to attend classes.

Student Health will not provide written excuses to students for missed classes or exams.

Information regarding the physical or mental status of students at MUSC is strictly confidential and available only to those directly involved in the student’s care.  Information will be released only with the expressed written permission of the student involved.  Medical information may also be released to the Public Health Department as required by law when a student is suffering from a reportable communicable disease.   Student Health Services is HIPPA compliant.

Student Programs, 792-2693
Harper Student Center, SW213
Student Programs is the umbrella unit for the Offices of Student Activities, Student Diversity, International Student Programs and Support Services, Training and Intercultural Education, and MUSC Gives Back.  Student Programs is a part of the Division of Education and Student Life, which includes Student Health and Wellness, Academic Support Services, Enrollment Management and Education Technology Services.

In close conjunction with the MUSC Student Government Association and the MUSC Cultural Projects Council, the Student Programs staff works to provide students and the MUSC community with a varied calendar of  educational, social, recreational, and cultural events.  Many of these programs are listed in this Handbook in the MUSC Student Government Association section.  A number of student organizations use this office as their base of operation.  This office is a vital information resource for students regarding the non-academic side of student life and the Charleston community.

The Student Programs staff also functions in the role of  advocate for students who encounter difficulties in non‑academic areas.  The Student Programs Office is a great place for students to relax during study breaks or in between classes, blow off steam about the day’s events, or simply find a listening ear.  Visit us online at

Student Communications, 792‑2695
Individuals are encouraged to call or stop by the office for answers or referrals and to use the following means of communication:

  • Student News and Events is an online calendar and communicates timely information on University-wide, college-related and Wellness Center events, as well as important, news, dates and deadlines.  Visit
  • MUSC Student Handbook is an online resource of basic information about MUSC services, facilities, campus activities, student organizations, policies, and procedures.  Use this information in conjunction with individual college handbooks and the Bulletin of the Medical University of South Carolina found online at
  • Student Telephone Directory,, is an alphabetical listing of students’ names, local addresses, phone numbers, college, year and email addresses. This listing is compiled by the Office of Enrollment Management.  It is important that students keep their local information updated with that office.  Students who wish directory information withheld must complete a Directory Information Withholding Request Form in the Office of Enrollment Management.
  • Student Broadcast Messages are emails, sent once a day, regarding university business and campus/community opportunities sent to all MUSC students.  These messages are also important to students as they will convey info on social, recreational, cultural and educational programs to make MUSC life more fun and interesting.  To send an email to all MUSC students, visit
  • The MUSC SGA TV is (1) of (4) TV’s located in the lobby of the Library and is used to promote campus news and events.  Please visit for policies and process.
  • At MUSC in a city like Charleston, learning and living offer rewarding work and a refreshing lifestyle.  Visit for everything you need to know about your school and the Charleston community.

Office of Student Diversity, 792-2146
The Office of Student Diversity (OSD) collaborates with the MUSC community to promote an inclusive environment that fosters the intellectual excellence and true integration of a diverse student body into all aspects of academic life.  The mission of the Office of Student Diversity is to promote an inclusive environment for all students. A comprehensive, intentional focus is on serving students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, or socio-economic status.

A myriad of programs and services is offered annually to strengthen intercultural services and supplement the university’s diversity goals across colleges, divisions, and student organizations.  In collaboration with many campus units and student organizations, programs and services that acknowledge and honor the human and cultural experiences of students are held annually.

Partnerships with Student Organizations
The OSD collaborates with the Multicultural Student Advisory Board (MSAB), Gospel Choir, Alliance for Hispanic Health (AHH), International Student Association (ISA), the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Native American Interest Group, Chinese Fellowship Group, Student Government Association (SGA) and other student organizations, including those from each of the six colleges, to provide diverse student programs, to advocate for relevant student issues, and to improve intercultural community education and knowledge.  An annual orientation introducing the student organizations to new students is held the last Thursday in August at 4pm.  Programs offered include orientations, concerts, monthly cultural programs, lectures, health fairs, seminars, summer programs, women’s history month programs, award ceremonies, and social events.  OSD can also assist students in identifying and joining the organizations that best meet their interests.

Student Support Services
Student Support Services includes personal and academic counseling, and referral services for students with a wide variety of needs. These services include access and referral to appropriate academic and personal support networks/resources, personal advising for students experiencing difficulty transitioning to MUSC, identification and assessment of personal, family and school/work related issues, and student advocacy regarding intercultural awareness and education.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of this array of personal services and programs before assistance becomes critical.

Financial Services/Support 
The following are available for eligible students:  Graduate Incentive Scholarships (GIS) are funded by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, and provide forgivable loans to African American, Hispanic American and Native American full-time students in master’s, first professional, and doctoral programs. The eligible student must be a US citizen and remain in good academic standing to hold the award. A signed contract is required for each year the GIS is awarded.
Earl B. Higgins Scholarships are funded from contributions made to the Health Sciences Foundation and are awarded to students at the annual Earl B. Higgins Leadership in Diversity Awards Ceremony.  Each college’s dean selects one student recipient annually.

Minority Student (Endowed) Scholarships are funded from a scholarship program with the Health Sciences Foundation. Awards vary based on individual student need. In special circumstances, emergency loans may be obtained from this source. Loans must be repaid and are due six months from the date of the loan. Students seeking this assistance must schedule an appointment with the Director of Student Diversity.  Documentation of need and a signed student contract may be required for receipt of funds.

The Summer Student Work Program is funded by the Hospital Authority and is a six-week work program for disadvantaged students. Selected students are placed in various on-campus departments that have agreed to partner with OSD to ensure a meaningful and educational student work experience.  Applications must be submitted annually in April.  Limited positions are available, and placement is very competitive.
(include the following but are not limited to)
Back to School Multicultural Student Orientation (August)
Hispanic American Heritage Month Programs (9/15-10/15)
Diversity Awareness Month (October)
National American Indian Heritage Month (November)
Martin Luther King Celebrations (January 16)
Health Fairs
Black History Month Programs (February)
Women’s History Month Programs (March)
Gospel Choir Annual Concert
LGBT and Safe Zone Programs
Earl B. Higgins Awards Program
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
Student Leadership Development

Housing (Off-Campus), 843-792-0394
The Off-Campus Housing Office, located on the second floor of the Harper Student Center, assists students in finding suitable and affordable housing. This office has up-to-date listings of houses/apartments/rooms for rent, houses for sale, short term housing and summer sublets. The listings are available on the web at  Other services offered include individual housing counseling, free legal assistance by local attorneys, Charleston area information, telephone for local calls, a large wall map of the Charleston area, Apartment Finder Guides, security checks performed by a MUSC Public Safety Officer, and brochures on how to enhance roommate relations.

In addition, we provide an online roommate matching service.  When you need a roommate, you can list your property by visiting us online at and clicking on “Add a Property,” or when you are available as a roommate, click on “Roommate Search.”  There, you can enter your individual roommate information in the database or obtain roommate match data from the database.  The Housing Office also sponsors Roommate Finder Parties during the spring and summer to help you find a compatible roommate.

The Charleston area offers a wide variety of housing opportunities.  You may choose to live in an apartment complex with the usual amenities, such as a pool, tennis courts, and laundry facilities, or you may prefer to live in a charming, old house in downtown Charleston.

Affordable housing in the downtown area is limited.  The best places to look for downtown apartments are the listings available online through the Off-Campus Housing Office, the newspaper classified ads, and local real estate agencies that regularly list downtown apartments.  Off-Campus Housing listings are made available only to MUSC students, staff, and faculty.  To view our housing listings, please visit

When renting a downtown apartment, ask the landlord about the average monthly utilities, off street parking, and whether the area floods.  Utilities will vary from apartment to apartment due to a lack of adequate insulation in older homes.  If off street parking is not available, you may obtain a residential parking sticker that allows you to park on the street in designated areas by calling the Department of Traffic & Transportation at 724-7375.

Apartments and houses in other sections in and around Charleston, such as West Ashley, James Island, and Mt. Pleasant, are easier to find and usually less expensive.  Apartment complex directories can be obtained in the Housing Office.

To receive information about parking on campus, contact the Office of Parking Management at 792-3665.

Average Monthly Rental Rates*
Average Rental Rates are calculated solely based on the MUSC housing listings as of June 2011.
(Unfurnished, utilities not included)

Downtown      Range            Average
1 bedroom      $400-$2500     $1098
2 bedroom      $425-$3400     $1352
3 bedroom      $400-$3500     $1704

James Island  Range            Average
1 bedroom      $395-$1400     $824
2 bedroom      $375-$1500     $978
3 bedroom      $350-$2500     $1183

Mt. Pleasant  Range             Average
1 bedroom      $450-$1350     $822
2 bedroom      $400-$1800     $1046
3 bedroom      $400-$3000     $1058

North Charleston Range        Average
1 bedroom      $500-$1200     $685
2 bedroom      $350-$1450     $851
3 bedroom      $450-$1800     $1016

West Ashley   Range           Average
1 bedroom      $400-$1650     $777
2 bedroom      $350-$2000     $877
3 bedroom      $440-$3000     $1150

* The Student Financial Aid “Housing Allowance” for 2011-2012 consists of $847 for single students and $1,307 for married students. While it is the individual student’s choice to determine the actual amount he or she spends on housing, the government will not issue additional funding to compensate for exceeding these numbers.
*Rates as of 7/2011, subject to change

Legal Assistance
MUSC Off-Campus Housing, in cooperation with the Charleston Lawyers Club, also provides a legal consultation program for MUSC students.  Students can go to and choose from a list of local attorneys who are willing to provide up to 20 minutes of pro bono (free!) legal advice on tenant/landlord problems, wills, family law, accidents/injury, etc.  For more information, please call the Off-Campus Housing office at 792-0394.

Training and Intercultural Education
The purpose of the Office of Training and Intercultural Education is to expose students, faculty, and staff to opportunities for interprofessional and intercultural education skills development and training, according to the institutional mission and values.

Primary goals include, but are not limited to:

•    Assisting with changing institutional culture, creating an atmosphere of commitment to interprofessional (IPE) practice, and value of intercultural education (IE);
•    Providing the infrastructure for student interprofessional health professions training initiatives development;
•    Collaborating on campus-wide promotion of curriculum, co-curricular and clinical innovations in interprofessional and intercultural education;
•    Contributing regularly to scholarly research on IP and IE outcomes in academic health care institutions; and
•    Fostering and facilitating development, implementation, and maintenance of interprofessional and intercultural education, practice, and research.

Please visit for further information or to arrange a specific workshop you may email Dr. Fleming at

The MUSC National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Campus Affiliate
The OSD has adopted the NCBI conceptual model for diversity training and programming to support intercultural and interprofessional collaboration among students, faculty, and staff while sustaining an increasingly diverse student body. 

A series of workshops are offered annually.  The workshops consist of incremental activities that help participants celebrate their similarities, while learning to appreciate their unique differences, recognize the misinformation learned about various groups, reevaluate personal attitudes and behaviors that are based on the impact of prejudice and discrimination, claim pride in their group identities, understand the personal impact of discrimination through the telling of stories, and  learn hands on tools for effectively addressing offensive remarks and behaviors.


"You will have the opportunity to learn and create an environment in which people want to belong." - Robert Dungy, International Director of Campus Constituency Teams

The OSD acknowledges, appreciates and affirms the unique qualities each student contributes to MUSC’s community and through initiatives related to MUSC Excellence strives to enhance campus life for all its members.  The office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.  Please visit for more information.

International Programs and Services, 792-2156
The Office of International Programs assists international students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff and families at MUSC. International services include counseling and advising on relocation to the United States and adjustment to a new academic environment.  A variety of ESL options are available.  For American students, the office provides information on medical missions and safe travel.  In addition, the office supports Medical Spanish and Portuguese classes for all MUSC affiliates.

This office works in collaboration with Student Programs and student organizations to plan, develop, coordinate, and oversee annual events and programs sponsored by student organizations.  Visit for more information.

Services for internationals include arrival assistance and orientation to both MUSC and the Charleston area, host family programs, English as a Second Language programs, personal advising, cultural programs, monthly luncheons, and assistance with emergency needs. The Director of International Programs serves as advisor of the International Student Association.

ESL Classes
A variety of classes in English as a Second Language are offered throughout the year.  Classes are offered on campus and in the downtown area in basic, intermediate and advanced levels.  Specialized classes in conversational and written English are also available.   Check the website for a complete list. 

International Scientific Presenters
This International Toastmasters Club is designed to help its members succinctly and effectively communicate their science.  ISP is open to all MUSC students, postdocs, faculty and staff who want to improve their presentation and leadership skills.  This club meets every Thursday in the Harper Student Center Executive Conference Room from 12 to 1pm.

Medical Spanish and Portuguese Classes
Classes in Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Medical Spanish and Basic Medical Portuguese are offered throughout the year. 

Intramural and Other Sports, 792-2693

The MUSC SGA, in conjunction with the Student Activities Office, sponsors a five-sport intramural program.  Games are played on Sundays with the exception of Winter Basketball (held on Saturdays) and Summer 5-on-5 Basketball (held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings).  The seasons run as follows:  Flag Football (September-November); Volleyball (November-February); Winter Basketball (January-March); Softball (February-April); and Summer 5-on-5 Basketball (June-August).

Competitive and non-competitive leagues are offered in each sport.  Teams may be single-sex or co-ed in both leagues; however, non-competitive leagues require a minimum number of women on each team.  Eligible participants include MUSC students and their spouses, MUSC faculty and staff as well as Wellness Center members.

To maintain the integrity and safety of our Intramural Sports Program, a Sportsmanship Policy is in effect.  Click here for complete policy.

Students with questions or interested in playing intramural sports may contact Kevin Smuniewski in the Office of Student Programs, 792-2693, or visit the intramural website at

2011-2012 Student Intramural Coordinators
Daniel West,
Paul Lambert,
Matt Andrews,

Other Sports
Tennis and Golf-
In conjunction with the MUSC Wellness Center tennis staff, the MUSC SGA will offers various tennis functions.  This is a great opportunity to meet other tennis players in the MUSC community and get some great exercise.  Be on the lookout through student email for upcoming events including social pick-up game nights.  For more information, please contact Kevin Smuniewski, Student Programs Coordinator, at 792-2693 or

The MUSC SGA also offers free golf clinics for students throughout the year.  Lessons are taught by nationally published and certified natural golf instructor Steve Conrad.  Lessons are intended for all levels of play and consist of instruction on both the conventional and natural golf swing.  Each attendee also receives a free Natural Golf DVD!  Be on the lookout for upcoming dates via student broadcast.
For more information, please visit:

Students interested in playing soccer should consider joining either the City of Charleston or Mt. Pleasant Recreation Departments’ adult soccer leagues.  Contact information is listed below.  MUSC students signed up to play in these leagues are eligible for a $15.00 subsidy sponsored by the MUSC SGA.  To receive this subsidy, the student(s) must show proof of being on a roster by presenting their team registration form to the Office of Student Programs.  This form is provided by the recreation department upon entering a league.  Once proof is submitted and accepted, the subsidy will be issued in the amount of $15.00 per student.  Please contact Kevin Smuniewski in the Office of Student Programs for additional information at 792-2693.

For more information on Mt. Pleasant adult soccer leagues, please contact Mt. Pleasant Recreation at 884-2528.  A complete list of sports offered by the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department can be found by clicking here.

For more information on City of Charleston Adult Soccer, please contact City of Charleston adult sports coordinator, Dave Caruso, at 843-769-8243,  A complete list of sports offered by the City of Charleston can be found by clicking here.

MUSC Gives Back , 843-792-4094
The MUSC Gives Back Student Community Volunteer Program provides assistance to individual students, groups, or service organizations in selecting, organizing, and implementing student volunteer activities.  If volunteering in the Charleston community interests you or your group, but you cannot decide where to start, you can browse through our on-line Volunteer Database This database contains information on more than 180 local volunteer-based organizations that have indicated a specific need for help from MUSC.  Additionally, if you or your group are looking for a one-time project or an on-going commitment, “The Classifieds: The Want Ads for Student Volunteers” offers current requests.  For more information on volunteering, contact Liz Sheridan, Program Director, at 843-792-4094 or visit our website at

Sustainability and Recycling, 843-792-4066
PGI room 101, 97 Jonathan Lucas Street

The MUSC Sustainability Program operates the campus recycling operations: recyclables collected on campus include paper, aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles, cardboard boxes, magazines, books, batteries, scrap metal, film, used ink toner cartridges, cell phones, CD’s and other electronic waste. During the past year, more than 1,300 tons of municipal solid waste was recycled. The MUSC Confidential Paper Shredding Truck processed 910,200 lbs of paper which was then sold to paper mills in the Southeast for manufacturing tissue. Cardboard is collected every night by housekeeping staff and baled before being shipped to the recycling plant. The Sustainability Program also runs the Reusable Office Supply Exchange or R.O.S.E. room. It is located in the hallway outside the recycling office on the ground floor of the Parking Garage at 97 Jonathan Lucas Street. For more information, please visit

PAPER/WEEKLY PICK-UP: ALL office paper (CONFIDENTIAL included) is shredded and recycled. Look for containers with green slotted lids or locked gray cabinets near copy machines, printers and mailrooms. The library has bins near all printers, copiers and in the lobby.

PLASTIC, GLASS & CANS/WEEKLY PICK-UP: Bins are not inside classrooms because collection would disrupt classes. Look for Tall Blue containers with two holes on the lid outside classrooms, in student lounges, break rooms and cafeterias. In these bins you can recycle glass bottles, aluminum cans and plastics #1, #2 and #5.

CARDBOARD/NIGHTLY PICK-UP: Flatten corrugated cardboard boxes so that Housekeeping can take them to the correct recycling bin.

COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS (CFL): Call 2-4119 to request a collection from your zone maintenance

PHONE BOOKS: Place old Phone Books NEXT to your paper recycling bin from (Sep to Nov only)

BATTERIES:    Call 2-4119 to request a Battery Collection bin – Call 2-4119 when the container is full.

MAGAZINES, HARDBACK BOOKS, NESWPAPER: Items must be kept separate from regular Office Paper and packaged separately - Call 2-4119 to request a pick up when box or container is full.

CELL PHONES: Drop off your old cell phone at the Office of Communications located on the 5th floor of Harborview Tower - for more info call 2-4040.

INK TONER CARTRIDGES: Drop off your empty toner cartridges at the Computer Connection located at 25 Ehrhardt Street - for more info call 2-2323 or email

Recycling Contact Information:

PGI, 97 Jonathan Lucas Street, room 101
Call: 843-792-4066
To report a full bin or request a new bin……843-792-4119
     Christine von Kolnitz Cooley, Sustainability Manager…..843-792-1804
     Pete Rock, Recycling Operations……..843-792-4668
     Caroline B. Davila, MHA, Sustainability Communications….843-792-9745
     Anna Walters, Administrative Assistant…..843-792-2723

Charleston County Recycling Program
    Romney Street…843-720-7111

    Bees Ferry Road…843-571-0929
    Berkeley County Recycling Center……843-572-4400
    Dorchester County Recycling Center……843-832-0135

Used Clothing, Furniture: Goodwill Industries – - (843) 377-1482  
Oyster Shell Recycling:
Used Linens: Alliance for Hispanic Health holds bi-annual collection on MUSC campus for the migrant workers that come to Our Lady of Mercy Outreach in James Island. Collection boxes are placed in most MUSC buildings and in the Library
School supplies: Alliance for Hispanic Health and Sohdexo holds yearly collections in September for Our Lady of Mercy Outreach in James Island. Collection boxes are placed in most MUSC buildings and in the Library
Used Books: Medical Center Volunteer Services – lobby of Children’s Hospital, Charleston County Library

Telephone Numbers
Student Telephone Directory is the primary resource for students’ telephone numbers.  It is important that students keep their local information updated by going to the  Office of Enrollment Management or by sending an email to  University and hospital numbers can be accessed on campus by dialing the abbreviated prefixes of  “2” or “6” and then the last four digits.  Calling campus and hospital numbers from off‑campus requires dialing the complete prefixes “792” or “876” and then the last four digits.

Resources for obtaining university, hospital, individual staff and faculty numbers are:

The University and hospital paging system is known as “Simon Paging System.”  Call 792‑0590 to place a page.  If you need a pager number or want to leave a message on someone’s pager, call 843-792‑2123.

Wellness Center, 843-792-5757
45 Courtenay Drive, Harper Student Center
The Wellness Center is located in the Harper Student Center and provides students, faculty, staff, and affiliates with a place to congregate and participate in social, recreational, and educational activities. A variety of health promotional services is offered to promote wellness attitudes and practices.  State-of-the-art facilities include strength training and cardiovascular exercise areas/equipment, a gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts, racquetball, tennis and squash courts, a 3,000 square foot Group Exercise Studio, a Performance and Group Cycling Studio, a Yoga and Pilates Studio, indoor and outdoor 1/6 mile tracks; a Junior Olympic-size swimming pool; and locker rooms with showers, sauna, and steam room.

The Wellness Center serves as the university’s focal point for student activities; however, facilities and services are also available for the well-being of the entire MUSC community.

Wellness Center Hours*
 Monday - Thursday   5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
 Friday                        5:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 Saturday                    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 Sunday                      11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
* Pool closes 1/2 hour before the Wellness Center.

Membership Information - 843-792-5757
Aquatics Hotline - 843-792-5070
Group Exercise Class Hotline - 843-792-1649

Fees - Normally included as part of the student service fee for full-time students.  Graduating students may use facilities through commencement.
Student Guest Fee - $5.00 per visit.
Summer Memberships - Memberships of returning full-time students are extended throughout the summer months at no charge. New students matriculating in the fall may obtain a summer membership for $41.67 per month with the presentation of an acceptance letter.

Parking - Visit

Registration & ID - Membership to the Wellness Center is included in payment of student fees.  To activate your membership, go to the Wellness Center Membership Desk located on the 2nd floor of the Harper Student Wellness Center.  A handscan is required to enter the facility.

Locker Room Facilities - Showers and lockers are available; however, you must bring your own lock.  Do not leave valuables unlocked. Towel service is provided.

Fitness Assessment and Human Performance Laboratories 843-792-9238
The Human Performance Laboratory in the Wellness Center offers physical fitness assessments.  The physical fitness assessment evaluates a person’s aerobic capacity, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition.  Student rates are available.

Cardiovascular Exercise Equipment - 843-792-5753
The Cardiovascular Arena provides more than 85 exercise equipment options geared for cardiovascular conditioning.  This equipment includes Stairmaster Stepmills, Precor Ellipticals, Precor AMTs, Cybex Arc Trainers, Fluid Rowers, SciFit Pro II, LifeFitness 9500HR Steppers, Star Trac Upright and Recumbent Bikes, LifeFitness, Star Trac, Cybex and Precor Treadmills, SportsArt XT20, FreeMotion Indoor Cycling Bikes, and more.  There are also  TV screens positioned in front of most of the cardio equipment–just bring your own headphones!  An instructor is always close by to provide guidance and supervision with your exercise program.

Strength Training - 843-792-5754
The Wellness Center has a complete strength training facility in the Free Weight Room, including machines from FreeMotion, LifeFitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, and Wynmor, as well as dumbbells, barbells, and an assortment of benches. This allows versatility and specificity of training for sports conditioning, body building, power lifting, body toning, and general purpose strength training.  The Cardiovascular Arena has a line of Nautilus equipment as well as some dumbbells and a LifeFitness Adjustable Pulley machine.  An instructor is always close by to provide guidance and supervision with your exercise program.

Group Exercise Classes - (Hotline) 843-792-1649
Over 80 aerobic classes are offered each week.  Instructors’ training is in accordance with the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise.  Group exercise schedules and class descriptions are available at the Wellness Center and on the MUSC website.  The hotline (843-792-1649) lists daily instructors and schedule changes.  Classes include step, interval, body bar (group strength training), core-stability, ZUMBA, Hall of Fame fitness (Joe D Bands® workout), Tae Bo®, Pilates mat, yoga, NIA, group cycling, Aikido, Seniors Group Exercise and Tai Chi.  The Group Exercise Program also offers dance classes including ballet and salsa, among others.  Classes are subject to change as needed.

Pilates Studio- 843-792-9702
The Pilates Studio includes the standard Pilates equipment including the reformer and cadillac.  A certified trainer is available offering special student rates.

Personal Training - 843-792-1494
The Wellness Center has certified personal trainers on staff.  MUSC trainers offer affordable student rates and specialize in program design for the very busy, high-stressed student!  Additional Information: 843-792-1494.

Injury Evaluation Clinic - (Appointments) 843-792-5754
The MUSC Injury Evaluation Clinic is available on Tuesday afternoons from 5:00pm-6:00pm. This is a free clinic to provide initial evaluations and screenings for orthopedic related injuries.  Dr. David Geier, Director of MUSC Sports Medicine, is available to assist members and students.  A post-rehab trainer is also on staff to assist with training.  Please call 843-792-5754 and ask to be put on the appointment list.  The clinic will take the first ten calls each week.  The clinic is located in the Human Performance Lab downstairs by the Free Weight check-in desk.

Aquatic Exercise Classes - Aquatic or Water Aerobics classes are taught seven days a week in our Junior Olympic-size pool.  Instructors lead a variety of classes geared toward a wide range of abilities. For detailed class descriptions and times, pick up a copy of the exercise schedule at the Wellness Center or visit the website at  The Aquatics Hotline, 843-792-5070, also provides daily information on pool temperature, aquatic classes, and instructors.  Adult swim lessons are offered at student rates - call 843-792-5757 for session dates and fees.

Additional Exercise Programs - The Wellness Center offers additional programs throughout the year with affordable student rates.  Some of these programs include Adult Boot Camp (led by US Marines), Triathlon Training, Masters Swim and Conditioning Program, Healthy Charleston Challenge (similar to the Biggest Loser), Running and Speed Training Clinics, TRX Suspension Training, Females in Training, H.I.T.S. (High Intensity Training Systems) and more.  Dates, times, and fees can be found on the web site or posted at the Wellness Center.  Information - Janis Newton 843-792-4141

Massage Therapy – The Center for Therapeutic Massage is located in the Wellness Center offering sports massage, relaxation massage and other massage techniques with student rates available.  Information - 843-852-9939

Youth Programs - 843-792-0767 or
We believe that fitness should involve the whole family.  With that in mind, we have developed and created a wide variety of youth programs to keep kids of all ages fit and healthy in a creative and fun environment.  Below you will find a list of our specific youth programs.

Birthday Parties
Kids Night Out
Summer Camp
Fall, Winter and Spring Break Day Camps
Kids Bee Fit Preschool Day Camp
Tennis Lessons
Swim Lessons

Nursery: 843-792-6417
We also offer an on-site nursery for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years.  Our nursery is a welcoming and nurturing place for children to enjoy while their parents take advantage of the programs and services of the Wellness Center.  Appointments are required. 

Nursery Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday  8:15am-7:30pm
Saturday           9:00am-1:00pm
Sunday             ClOSED

Additional information: 843-792-0767 or

Writing Center, 843-792-6390
171 Ashley Avenue, 201 Colbert Education Center/Library

The Writing Center is an excellent resource for the development of good writing skills… from the drafting stage through revision, editing, and even publication. Writing Center faculty members teach students to communicate effectively with their professors, their fellow students, and their patients through constructive dialogue and one-on-one collaborations. From a review of the literature on the latest standards of care or a cover letter for that first job to a dissertation or grant proposal, these experts in scientific and professional writing teach skills necessary for career success.  We also are available for seminars/workshops and class lectures. We can teach you to become more effective, efficient writers and specifically work with you on any of the following:

•    choosing a topic for a paper
•    writing academic argument
•    understanding an assignment
•    writing a rough draft
•    revising and editing a draft
•    documenting sources
•    preparing a presentation
•    creating an effective poster

As a center for the humanities on campus, we want students to develop a fuller appreciation for the importance of human connection in practice and biomedical research. Therefore, our faculty offer three interprofessional humanities courses: Health Care and the Humanities, Films of the Clinical Experience, and Making Clinical Connections: Writing the Health Care Experience. Each course emphasizes how the study of narrative and the act of writing can make students better interpreters of patient stories and more reflective in their own practice and research. These are 12-week electives for 2.5 credit hours.

We also offer writing assistance to students English for whom not their first language.

You can call the Writer’s Hotline and for a quick question about grammar, punctuation, documentation formats (e.g. APA), or style (843-792-6390). 

Master-level or PhD students can get help with theses and dissertations at any stage of the writing process. 

Writing Center faculty work not only in face-to-face appointments but also online for students who are at a distance from campus.

The Writing Center’s computer lab is designed to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff.  This computer lab is available 24/7.  
Call 843-792-6390 for assistance and appointments or visit for more information.

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