College of Nursing

The College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina, founded in 1883 as a school of nursing, has long been a cornerstone of nursing education and excellence in the southeastern United States. Serving as a nexus of knowledge and training, the College has dedicated itself to providing the community with nursing professionals well-versed in offering comprehensive, quality health care. The institution, strategically located in the heart of the MUSC campus adjacent to the Medical University Hospital, provides an optimal blend of classroom learning and practical experience. Equipped with advanced clinical and research laboratories, the College ensures its approximately 550 undergraduate and graduate students gain invaluable hands-on experience in diverse clinical settings, including the Medical University Hospital, private facilities, and community health agencies. With an array of degrees, including the baccalaureate degree in nursing (B.S.N.), master of science degree in nursing (M.S.N.), doctor of nursing practice (DNP), and doctor of philosophy in nursing science (Ph.D.), students are poised for success. The low student-faculty ratio further enhances their academic journey, offering an environment of support and innovation.

The vision and mission of the College underscores its commitment to shaping the future of nursing. Aspiring to be an unparalleled leader in nursing education, practice, and research, the College strives to elevate the culture of health and the quality of life for all. Driven by a mission that emphasizes evidence-based nursing education, scientific knowledge generation and translation, and unwavering nursing excellence in practice, the College fosters an environment that is inclusive, innovative, and responsive to the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare. The College's philosophy uniquely intertwines the concepts of nursing, health, person, and environment, aiming to address healthcare needs holistically. This holistic view underscores the belief that nursing is both an art and a science, centering on promoting health, preventing disease, and providing care grounded in evidence and compassion.

Beyond the classroom and clinical settings, the College of Nursing at MUSC champions the vital role of research in advancing the nursing discipline. Recognizing the impact of research in shaping evidence-based practices and fostering innovation in healthcare delivery, the College supports a systematic approach to knowledge creation and application. This commitment to research is mirrored in nursing practice, where the care of patients and communities intertwines with educational and research endeavors. By nurturing nursing professionals capable of delivering care across various settings and life stages and fostering a culture of continuous learning and research, the College of Nursing at MUSC solidifies its position as a beacon of nursing excellence in the region and beyond.


The College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) effective April 2010 to June 2026. The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) is accredited effective October 2010 to June 2026. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is a resource for the information regarding the Nursing program.