Dean's Welcome

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller

Catherine Durham

Welcome to MUSC College of Nursing! For more than a century, we’ve had a profound impact on the health of South Carolinians, and that legacy proudly continues today as we train more than 600 students each year in our nationally-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs and expand our reach of care on a national and international level.

Our dynamic college continually seeks innovative opportunities to build the next generation of nurse leaders; conducts groundbreaking research and implements programs to advance nursing science; and invests in clinical partnerships that address barriers to education and health care.

As a preeminent leader in nursing education, practice, and research, we are dedicated to service—to our students, our patients and their families, our communities and each other.

Meaningful learning experiences and professional growth are at the heart of our mission. From investing in the latest nursing technology and simulated experiences to ensuring personalized support for each student’s journey, we are creating new educational pathways to serve our students, no matter what stage of their careers.

We also are fostering strong connections and shared goals to address the health care needs of our state and the nationwide nursing shortage. Through partnerships with the MUSC health system and the wider community, we are strategic in creating better health care outcomes while expanding student education, faculty practice and nursing research.

My vision for this new era of the College of Nursing prioritizes strategic synergy in education, strong internal and external partnerships, investment in our people and advocacy to better serve South Carolina and beyond, with a deep commitment to intercultural education, inclusion and belonging in everything that we do.

Personally, I love this college; it was while attending here as a student that I experienced firsthand the power of a culture rooted in inclusivity and teamwork. Together, we are cultivating a space that continues to model this and supports the personal and professional growth of faculty, staff and students.

I invite you to join us in this essential and life-affirming work.

Catherine O. Durham, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN
MUSC College of Nursing

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