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College of Nursing

Transforming Nurse Education Through Research and Innovation

Picture the future. For you, that’s a career guiding and enhancing patient care through advanced skills, technology and research. For the nursing profession as a whole, research sparks developments that refine healthcare delivery and treatments.

As the country’s second-oldest nursing school, the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing evolves with the profession. Looking ahead to adapt how we train the next generation of RNs, nurse practitioners, researchers and leaders, we consider our students’ greater impact, both through the care they’ll provide and how their skills close the existing healthcare gap. Today, that progress materializes as results-driven online learning, faculty-led palliative care training across all programs, engaging clinical opportunities and collaborative research with other MUSC colleges.

Our dedication to discovery results in a 99% NCLEX pass rate and partnerships with area hospitals and health agencies that take learning beyond the classroom to benefit South Carolina’s communities. No matter your career stage, see how you can foster the future of the nursing profession and join the next generation of nurse leaders.


ABSN program in the nation, US News ranking


DNP program in the nation, US News ranking


NCLEX 1st-time Pass Rate 2023


ANCC Pass Rates 2023

Explore Our Programs

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Uncover your calling in one of the country’s leading nursing schools. U.S. News & World Report named our DNP and accelerated BSN programs No. 1 in South Carolina and No. 22 nationally for 2024. Our RN to BSN program, meanwhile, ranked at No. 4 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. Beyond numbers, all bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs incorporate palliative care training and are taught by skilled, practice-focused and research-helming educators who provide access to interprofessional and clinical opportunities found nowhere else in the state.

All Degree Programs


Prepare to empower patients and promote evidence-based care. Look toward the next stage of your career by applying to one of the College of Nursing’s degree or certificate programs. Review requirements to get started.

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The College of Nursing’s research attests to MUSC’s collaborative environment and the progress-leading resources available at the state’s only integrated academic health sciences center. With the goal of pioneering change, shaping treatments and uncovering what’s possible in the field of nursing while leading quality improvement and program implementation, we possess a diverse and strong nursing research portfolio that is nationally ranked among U.S. nursing schools for NIH funding and a burgeoning practice portfolio that is leading in implementation science.

Our Research

I credit the tremendous growth I have experienced to the challenging coursework and understanding and experienced faculty.

Christopher Brown, DNP student

Christopher Brown, DNP student

The faculty’s dedication and enthusiasm let me know that teaching was more than a job; they were genuinely invested in helping me succeed.

Akeya Harold, DNP graduate

Akeya Harold, DNP graduate

Throughout my time in the program, I’ve had the opportunity to work with brilliant and supportive faculty who have helped me grow into a well-rounded nursing researcher.

Kylie Newsome, Ph.D. student

Kylie Newsome, Ph.D. student

The faculty, learning experiences and resources in the Accelerated BSN program are preparing me to have a future successful career as a nurse.

Jenny Nankoua, ABSN student

Jenny Nankoua ABSN student

The level of professionalism and personal attention you get from the nursing leaders at the College of Nursing is unparalleled and raises the bar on online education.

Krista Coppola, RN-BSN graduate

Krista Coppola, RN-BSN graduate
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MUSC's Bicentennial

MUSC has played a pivotal role in advancing health care and medical research since our doors opened in 1824. Today, we stand as a leader in health care, education and research, with a significant impact on public health. View the event calendar and learn more about MUSC's extensive history, accomplishments and vision for the future at the Bicentennial website.

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