Accomplishments & Goals

College of Nursing Accomplishments


  • Continued to be leaders, through our Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Diversity and Inclusion Council, in promoting and enhancing cultural diversity and inclusion within the College and across MUSC.
  • Ensure involvement of faculty and staff in MUSC Imagine 2020 and in the new Strategic Plan working groups for 2025.
  • Hosted the 9th Annual Janelle Othersen Lecture Series, with national speaker, Dr. Rumay Alexander, President of the National League for Nursing and past Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  • Ranked 14th in the US News & World Report for online graduate nursing programs.
  • Ranked 14th in the US News & World Report for DNP programs.
  • Achieved a 96.97% NCLEX-RN pass rate 4th Quarter for 2019 per the National Council of State Boards of Nursing National Council.
  • Achieved a 100% pass rate for the Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) and 97% for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program (AANPCP) and a 100% pass rate for A/GNP and FNP certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), exceeding national pass rates for the A/GNP and FNP certification examinations.
  • Awarded second Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding for Year 3 of the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program grant providing stipends to 18 primary care Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) MSN/DNP students. HRSA ANEW work continued with:
    • Completed implementation of telehealth curriculum scaffolded throughout the plan of study.
    • Pilot tested an online preceptor education and support program that is now disseminated on the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) website.
    • Developed, pilot tested and posted healthcare-provider recruitment videos on the AHEC website.
    • Held a Telehealth conference for faculty in January 2019.
  • The HRSA ANEW program awarded a supplemental grant that enabled:
    • Telehealth skills training in the graduate DNP program using purchased monitors.
    • End of Life Nurse Education Consortium training for 5 faculty.
    • Hiring of a part-time nurse practitioner preceptor coach to work with DNP preceptors and students.
  • Awarded HRSA, Bureau of Health Workforce funding for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), and funding for 1 post-MSN DNP and 12 PhD students.
  • Received HRSA funding for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program grant providing stipends to 9 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) students.
  • Continue Duke Endowment program grant (awarded in summer 2018-2021), Enhanced SBIRT Training and Multi-modal Medication Assisted Treatment Instruction, and supported:
    • Development of opioid modules to accompany the SBIRT modules.
    • Completion of SBIRT modules during spring/summer 2019 by College of Medicine and College of Dental Medicine students.
    • SBIRT/Opioid online educational modules and face to face skills training incorporated into the following MUSC programs’ plans of study as of fall 2019:
      • Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Students
      • Medical Students
      • Dental Medicine Students
      • Physician Assistant Students
    • Total number of students trained to date:
      • SBIRT total: 1,941
        • Dental Medicine: 74
        • Medical: 882
        • Nursing, Undergraduate: 691
        • Nursing, Graduate: 242
        • Physician Assistant: 52
      • Opioids and SBIRT total: 430
        • Medical: 227
        • Nursing, Undergraduate: 86
        • Nursing, Graduate: 70
        • Physician Assistant: 47
  • Completed the 5th year of Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina Foundation program grant, Addressing Mental Health Needs in South Carolina, which supported the development of the DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track; awarded over Years 2-5 a total of 10 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students as part of “Addressing Mental Health Needs in South Carolina.”
  • The Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) funded full scholarships for 18 of their registered nurse employees to enable them to complete their baccalaureate degree in our RN to BSN program.
  • College of Nursing faculty led and participated in the work of the South Carolina Coalition for Access to Primary Care which culminated in Senate Bill 314 Tax Incentives for Preceptors that passed in this year’s legislative session and was signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster.
  • The Office of Student Services trained and implemented the Nursing Centralized Application System (CAS) as part of a nationwide recruitment effort to increase applications.
  • The Program Directors/Lead Faculty worked closely with Student Services and the Director of Communications and Marketing to implement changes in recruitment strategies both on the College of Nursing website and at conferences as the recruiter position was closed.
    • Student Services and faculty increased efforts in recruiting ABSN and RN to BSN students at many campus and other area/college events throughout the year as well as virtual open houses.
    • A Student Ambassador program, initiated in spring 2018, continued. ABSN students lead campus tours and served as panelists where student representatives are needed for recruitment events and information sessions.


  • The College of Nursing received $9,214,360 in total grant funding ($7,340,986 in direct funding costs; $1,873,376 in indirect costs) across our research, education, and practice grants; 24 CON faculty serve as Principal Investigators.
  • College of Nursing is ranked 16th by BlueRidge Institute for Medical Research in NIH funding among U.S. Colleges of Nursing. With this ranking, MUSC College of Nursing remains a top 10 public recipient of NIH funding, and the third-highest grant recipient among all public and private institutions in the southeast. The College of Nursing research faculty received more than $3.741,294 million in NIH supported grants from six different NIH Institutes (NINR=4; NHLBI, NIDA, NIAAA, NIMH, NIDDK).
  • NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research, Exploratory Center (P20) grant, Symptom Self Management, PI, Dr. Teresa Kelechi (funded 2016 – 2021). This exploratory center grant supports six (6) pilot projects for developing nurse-led studies to leverage technology and bioinformatics to develop community-based interventions for pain and fatigue. The commonality all our researchers share is a dedication to changing the lives of the citizens of our state and beyond, and educating the next generation of nurse scientists.
  • Other Funding Agencies of CON Projects (other than NIH): Federal, organizations, foundations, and others included:
    • Federal/National: Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veteran Affairs, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
    • Organizations: The American Heart Association, Sigma Theta Tau International
    • Foundations: New Morning Foundation, Zero to Three, Yaschik Foundation
    • South Carolina Organizations: Charleston Research Institute, Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund, South Carolina Research Authority, South Carolina Department of Public Safety, South Carolina
    • Telehealth Alliance, University of South Carolina Research Foundation
    • University and Hospital Sub-Awards: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, McLean Hospital, University of Hawaii, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester
    • MUSC Awards: MUSC Foundation, MUSC Center for Global Health, MUHA Center for Telehealth
  • The CON submitted 15 educational and practice grant proposals; agencies including for example, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Duke Endowment, Cambia Health Foundation, David Clare Foundation, TD Bank Foundation, New Morning Foundation, Zero to Three, Yaschik Foundation. These resulted in $1,986,383 in funding to support our educational and practice missions.
  • The South Carolina Translational Research Institute provided funding for a K-award for 1 faculty through a competitive process.
  • Six Faculty provide leadership roles in South Carolina Translational Research Institute (our CTSA) for four different cores and one faculty has a leadership role in ACCEL CTR (Delaware & MUSC Collaboration).


  • The College of Nursing, in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, hosted the 2nd Annual APRN Conference: Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care on August 9, 2018. Thirty participants attended.
  • Nine faculty Nurse Practitioners (NPs) actively participated in clinical practice for MUSC Health and community partner sites:
    • MUSC Health: 4
    • Community Partnering Sites: 5
  • A credentialing system that aligns College of Nursing’s structure with compliance standards for MUSC Health was successfully developed and implemented. The new system documents clinical professional standards and ensures the coordination of efforts between the Office of Practice and MUSC’s Medical Staff Affairs Office. The number and classification of credentialed professionals include:
    • 5 nurse practitioners
    • 1 psychologists
    • 1 licensed professional counselor
  • Actively participated in advocacy activities with members of nursing organizations in South Carolina, the University of South Carolina School of Nursing, Clemson University School of Nursing, and MUSC Health Office of Advance Practice to increase the scope of practice for APRNs during NP/CNM Lobby Day (March 3, 2019) at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, SC.
  • College of Nursing Nurses’ Week Celebration 2019 included a celebratory toast to honor the occasion on May 7, 2019 in the College of Nursing Drawing Room. Dean Linda Weglicki and Dr. Jerry Mansfield, MUHA CNO, partnered in rounding and informal meet and greets at the hospital and college.
  • During the 2018 APRN Week Celebration, November 11-17, 2018, the Associate Dean for Practice participated in the MUSC Health celebration as an invited panel speaker.
  • Sixty-eight student interprofessional clinical experiences were supported at practice sites:
    • DNP: 29
    • BSN: 17
    • Medicine: 5
    • Pham-D: 6
    • Physician Assistant: 7
    • Dietetic: 4
  • Faculty NPs, staff, and students participated in outreach activities with computer partners:
    • The Suicide Prevention Walk
      • A NP and 4 students participated
    • East Cooper Community Outreach Fresh and Free Market
      • NPs and students provided health screening and counseling during monthly scheduled events throughout the year
  • Secured funding for the Yaschik Foundation and TD Bank School-Based to provide access to health promotion for the students at Zucker Middle School.


  • College of Nursing faculty were promoted: 2 to Assistant Professor, 4 to Associate Professor.
  • Hired 5 new faculty since July 2018: one hired to teach in the DNP program, and 4 hired to teach in the undergraduate program.
  • Continued to have 5-year planning meetings with each regular rank faculty member. Used a revised form this year that helped to provide more structure to the planning.
  • Revised, as coordinated by a faculty task force and with approval of the faculty, the annual faculty evaluation form. The task force adopted the AACN definitions for faculty scholarship within an academic health sciences center; they surveyed our peer-aspirational schools and aligned criteria in consultation with the College of Nursing Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure committee. The revised annual faculty evaluation form was piloted for use in spring 2019.
  • Hosted 2 college-wide faculty professional development workshops that were supported by the Office of the Dean and Office of Academics:
    • January 2019: Building a Caring and Compassionate Culture in Nursing Academia, half day workshop facilitated by Tese Stephens PhD, RN, CNE
    • June 2019: Developing Leaders: What it Takes to Succeed in a Scholarship Intensive Environment? full day faculty retreat led by international speaker Sarah Steele, MBA, that included a focus on how to apply emotional intelligence and also how to effectively deal with conflict through resolution.
  • 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.

Roadmap to the Future

2020 – 2025 Strategic Plan


Overarching Goal: Cultivate competent and compassionate nurse leaders to meet the needs of diverse populations in a dynamic, global society.

Continue to transform nursing education

  • Assess all programs systematically using national and specialty standards for quality, significance, and sustainability.
  • Reinforce student-centered learning across programs and accessible teaching methods.
  • Recruit and cultivate excellent students who are representative of the diverse groups.

Use innovative strategies to increase access to pre-licensure and advanced nursing education

  • Achieve faculty excellence in pedagogy and curriculum design.
  • Impact nursing education through active policy involvement and dissemination of MUSC program outcomes.
  • Assess nursing education program growth and new program development opportunities.
  • Increase scholarships and external funding to support students and program development.

Develop nurse leaders who excel in an interprofessional environment utilizing an evidence-based approach

  • Provide interprofessional learning activities through coursework and clinical experiences.
  • Educate and mentor students who are prepared to serve on boards,


Overarching Goal: Develop sustainable practice models that support faculty and student professional development.

Create sustainable practice models by identifying partners

  • Establish practice partnerships with other South Carolina colleges of nursing (Clemson, USC) for state practice/policy direction.
  • Meet with potential internal and external partners to explore new and expand existing partnership opportunities.
  • Conduct a comprehensive financial analysis.
  • Formalize contractual agreement with partners.

Create sustainable practice models by recruiting practice faculty with support of grant funding

  • Determine employment positions for individuals functioning within the practice models.
  • Recruit and hire appropriate positions as needed.
  • Initiate a formal onboarding process by establishing the policies and procedures to include credentialing and malpractice requirements.


Overarching Goal: Generate and advance scientific knowledge in nursing and health sciences.

Continue to grow diverse research portfolio and funding sources to position the college as a leader in knowledge generation and its translation

  • Build a research infrastructure that promotes discoveries, innovation, and leverages existing university resources.
  • Hire key positions to engage in grantsmanship for all research faculty as budget variability allows.
  • Align research faculty mentors with existing mentorship model to advance development and scholarship for junior and mid-career researchers; formalize model with mentor champion.
  • Strengthen partnerships and cross-fertilize programs, MUSC-H, and outside entities for collaborative funding and leverage resources. Meet with key stakeholders and MUSC-H and beyond to establish a strategic approach.
  • Invest in internal funding (pilot projects) opportunities and develop efficient processes for progressing new and high-risk, high-reward projects, as budget allows.
  • Develop a workforce of nursing and health sciences researchers by recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty to optimize research capacity.
  • Increase extramural funding, in particular National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding 30% in three years.
  • Maintain top 30 ranking in NIH funding

Promote focused areas of research and scholarship excellence for growth and investment

  • Identify research clusters, expertise, and subsequent teams in areas of excellence: symptom science/self-management, health services research, behavioral health, technology-enhanced interventions, community and patient engagement, palliative care, and implementation science.
  • Identify innovations and entrepreneurial opportunities and promote its advancement toward

Organizational Environment and Culture

Overarching Goal: Ensure a culture and environment within the college that actualizes the values of the organization integrity, innovation, impact and inclusivity.

Align existing and grow additional organizational resources

  • Pursue new, diversified revenue streams to support and advance teaching, research, scholarship, practice, and service missions.
  • Conduct annual evaluations of revenue generation and expenses of all programs.
  • Grow awareness and cultivation of the Faculty Excellence Project; increase funding by 10-15% each year to support faculty and staff recruitment, development, and retention.
  • Develop and cultivate funds to support a Faculty Talent Retention endowment with a target of $50,000 in year one and at least $5,000 in expendable funds raised annually towards a $100,000 endowment in three years.
  • Develop a five-year hiring plan that considers succession planning and cross-training; build and strengthen infrastructure to support programs and departments.
  • Partner with MUSC-H to create succession planning to facilitate a faculty educator pipeline.
  • Grow the faculty practice plan and revenue generation through strategic faculty hires, including two or three positions as budget allows; submit state and federal grant proposals to support faculty practice needs in Charleston and S.C., solicit of gifts for emerging faculty practices.
  • Develop strategies to increase matriculation in programs and classes with low enrollment.
  • Work with donors and board volunteers to secure gifts and endowments to support two distinguished faculty positions.
  • Begin preliminary planning and solicit donor support for redesign of the building’s first floor.
  • Develop an IT equipment and software tracking plan to ensure regular maintenance and replacement of IT resources.
  • Ensure the college workforce shares in the maintaining the fiscal viability of the college and our processes.

Embody respect for individual perspectives, inclusivity, and belonging for all

  • Build a community of respect, inclusivity, and belonging among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partner stakeholders.
  • Develop traditions to celebrate and acknowledge employee successes; support diversity, inclusivity, and equity programs and opportunities; ensure all communication efforts respect inclusivity; foster an inclusive environment for employees to thrive and work together in a supportive, open, and respectful environment; recruit and retain a diverse workforce.
  • Establish a social events committee to increase opportunities for social interaction.
  • Highlight accomplishments of faculty and staff in print, electronic communications, and social media.
  • Share college priorities and accomplishments with MUSC colleagues, community partners, regional and national groups, and professional stakeholders.
  • Highlight student engagement, events, activities, achievements, and leadership in communications; nurture growth of Student Nurses Association and Student Government Association; encourage participation on standing committees and Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Omicron at-Large Chapter.
  • Establish ‘care groups’ for undergraduate students upon admission.
  • Develop systematic processes to update web, print and electronic communication materials (including listservs).

Generate development, mentorship, and experiential opportunities for faculty, staff, and students

  • Increase support of faculty and staff development and career advancement through annual goal setting and planning;
  • Encourage enrollment in targeted programs; support time allocation from approved budget projections.
  • Assign mentors to new faculty and staff; evaluate program annually.
  • Continue to cultivate donors and seek new funding opportunities; increase funding by 5% each fiscal year to support scholarships for URM students, students from rural areas,
    and Ph.D. and graduate students enrolling in new programs.

Strategic Plan 2020-2025

College of Nursing Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program, master's degree program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the MUSC College of Nursing are accredited by:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202-887-6791

Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Program is fully approved by:

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Nursing
Synergy Business Park
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:

National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses
800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 104,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150.

Phone: 888-641-2767
FAX: 301-330-1504