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Accomplishments & Goals



College of Nursing Accomplishments 2017-2018


  • Continued involvement of faculty and staff in MUSC Imagine 2020 Strategic Plan.
  • Hired Dr. Debbie Bryant as Associate Dean for Practice.
  • Established new collaborations with nurses at MUSC Health with the goal of becoming a national model for academic-practice partnerships.
  • Received support for the Mary and David Swain Endowed Chair focused on Quality of Life.
  • This is the 5th Endowed Chair in the College of Nursing.


  • Ranked 2nd in the US News & World Report for best online graduate programs.
  • Ranked 20th in the US News & World Report for DNP programs.
  • Achieved 93.19% NCLEX-RN pass rate for 2016-17 academic year.
  • Achieved a 90% pass rate from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program (AANPCP) and a 88.89% pass rate from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), exceeding national pass rates for the FNP certification examination.
  • Achieved a 100% pass rate from the ANCC, exceeding national pass rates for the A/GNP certification examination.
  • Received funding in federal stipends for Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) and Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) during 2016-17 year.
  • Increased and threaded simulation experiences throughout the ABSN curriculum and continued implementation of the "Flipped Classroom" throughout ABSN curriculum.
  • Closed the MSN program to admissions post approval from the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and will only be used as an exit strategy as needed. v
  • Completed one full year of the revised curriculum for the Accelerated PhD program and targeted Learning Intensives to assist students in plan of study progression and evaluation of competencies.
  • Conducted faculty workshops including the Seven Principles of Teaching in July with Michael Bridges, PhD, and Marie Norman, PhD, in addition to the University Appletree Society sessions offered each month on teaching.
  • The DNP faculty held a workshop on Data Analytics with Martha Sylvia, PhD, in the spring and the Undergraduate faculty met with the Center for Academic Excellence in July to brainstorm learning support interventions.
  • Redesigned the Alumni Survey to obtain outcomes information. Hired Student Recruiter for the CON undergraduate and graduate programs late spring 2017.


  • Ranked 17th in NIH funding among Colleges of Nursing across the country.
  • Received funding for a P20 Center grant integrating technology enhanced, biomedically focused, and community evaluated interventions, two pilots fully approved and running, RFP conducted and two additional pilots selected for funding.
  • Secured $8.36 million in total funding.
  • 40 active funded grants with 23 CON faculty as principal investigators.
  • 16 new grant awards: 9 research, 4 practice, 3 education. 35 different CON faculty are currently serving as PI or CoI on 131 funded interprofessional grants/projects.
  • 55% of funded research grants with CON PI’s have interprofessional collaborators; 56% of submissions have interprofessional collaborators.5 NIH R01 funded grants with 3 CON faculty as Principal Investigators (PI’s), 3 additional Notice of Awards for R01 received this year FY for funding next year.
  • 9 NIH grants currently funded.
  • 17 educator researcher faculty are funded as PI of a research grant; other funded faculty (6) are tenure-track educator clinician faculty funded for practice or education grants.Awarded Associate Dean for Research Pilot funding for 2 projects.
  • Submitted 54 grants for a total of $35.3 million this FY.


  • More than half of APRN Faculty practice within workload assignment.
  • 100% of Educator-Clinician faculty participated in practice-based initiatives aligned with College of Nursing mission, vision, and service needs.Faculty practitioners reported 4,619 patient encounters in both in/outpatient settings.
  • 1,236 community contacts through PASOs and Abrazos programs.
  • 125 (BSN, MSN and DNP) student experiences.
  • Provided 21 students interprofessional experiences within CON practice settings.
  • DNP (3), Medicine (2), Pharm-D (6), PA (10).


  • Promoted 5 faculty members: 3 to Assistant Professor, 2 to Professor.
  • One faculty member received tenure.
  • Hired 16 new faculty: 9 for the undergraduate program, 4 for the MSN/DNP program, 2 for the PhD program, and 1 administrator (Associate Dean for Practice). Six started in July/August, 2017.
  • Created two new positions and appointed a Director of Simulation and a Global Coordinator.

College of Nursing Goals 2017-2018


  • Celebrate the 135th Anniversary of the College with a Gala, inviting faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the College.
  • Recruit and hire new Dean of the College of Nursing.
  • Replace critical staff (Human Resources Director, Development Director, Assistant Dean for Finance, Undergraduate Program Director) to allow for an orderly transition and a stable team before the arrival of the new Dean.
  • Maintain the financial integrity and solvency of the College.Expand collaborations/integration with nurses in MUSC Health.


  • Increase enrollment from 88 students twice a year in the Accelerated BSN program to 96 students twice a year beginning fall 2017.Continue to evaluate the sustainability of the RN-BSN program and meeting National Academy of Medicine's (formerly IOM) recommendation to increase BSN prepared nurses through increase recruitment and articulation agreements.Evaluate the need and resource requirements for post-graduate certificate NP programs.
  • Develop and plan implementation of a DNP-PhD program.
  • Evaluate resource requirements and develop a palliative and behavioral health focused DNP program.
  • Pilot ELNEC palliative health modules in the ABSN program and evaluate for sustainability and certificate options.
  • Evaluate the integration of cultural effectiveness and health equity content alternated with literature review annually in all programs of study.Evaluate revised Alumni Survey that will be administered online 4 months after graduation and annually each September thereafter to monitor and collect alumni information and outcomes starting in 2017.
  • Continue work with MUSC Advanced Professional Provider (APP) directors and committee to improve work and opportunities for APPs and increase clinical sites for the graduate program.
  • Continue legislative work with fellow public institutions to achieve preceptor incentives to encourage clinical precepting for graduate students and hiring of APPs in South Carolina to increase provider numbers in underserved and rural areas.
  • Continue to strengthen the CON-MUSC Health relationship regarding preceptor training, potential quality improvement and research projects for students to work with MUSC staff, and potential for co-learning simulation events with MUSC Health employees and MUSC student nurses.
  • Continue to provide End of Life Nursing Education Consortium training. The next conference will occur in fall 2017.


  • Obtain a minimum of 1 funded project as PI/Co-PI by each faculty member on the Educator Researcher track.
  • Maintain 6 R-Level (NIH, DoD, NIJ, etc.) funded grants.
  • Increase total funding (in dollars) by 10% annually relative to 2014.
  • Continue to expand interprofessional faculty research development and collaborative opportunities.
  • Submit and receive funding for a "T" post-doctoral training grant to NINR.
  • Facilitate at least 1 DNP/PhD collaborative research project among students.
  • Continue to submit research grants, consistent with the strategic plan, that involve an emphasis on technology enhanced, self-management interventions evaluated through community engaged research methods.
  • Maintain SCTR role as key partners for university-wide researchers using community engaged models of care and research.


  • Develop an infrastructure to improve the Office of Practice; thereby, improving overall effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Strengthen key community partnerships for the advancement of practice, education, and scholarship.
  • Expand the partnership with MUSC for nursing practice professional development.


  • Continue to monitor and improve the Career Development Plan.
  • Continue 5-year planning meetings with each faculty member, to determine their mid-range goals and how to best accomplish them.Revise the faculty evaluation system per University requirements.
  • Continue to work with IT to revise the faculty workload database.
  • Assess perceptions of faculty orientation and how we can improve this process.

College of Nursing Accreditation

BSN, MSN and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is a resource for the information regarding the Nursing program. Information may be obtained by writing or telephoning them directly at:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NWSuite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120
Telephone: 202-887-6791 | FAX: 202-887-8470

Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Program is fully approved by:
South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Nursing
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Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Drive, Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 12387
Columbia, SC 29211-2367

Phone: 803-896-4550
FAX: 803-896-4525

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track of the masters program is fully approved by the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses, 800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 104, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150.

You may contact them by telephone at 888-641-2767, by FAX at 301-330-1504, or on the internet at