Mission & History

College of Nursing sculptures

Our Vision

The Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing will be a preeminent leader in nursing education, practice, and research to improve the culture of health and quality of life.

Our Mission

In an interprofessional environment that is respectful, inclusive, transformative, innovative, and sensitive to a changing fiscal climate, the MUSC College of Nursing is committed to promoting health through:

  • Providing evidence-based nursing education
  • Generating, translating, and disseminating scientific knowledge
  • Leading excellence in practice

Our Core Values


  • Demonstrate honesty, ethics and moral strength in every aspect of personal and professional life
  • Ensure equity and fairness
  • Uphold organization standards of conduct, policies, and procedures


  • Advance the profession of nursing through research, practice, scholarship,and life-long learning
  • Seek and embrace new and bold opportunities to ensure fiscal responsibility while ensuring the college’s growth potential during stable as well as unstable financial climates


  • Shape and re-envision the nursing profession by providing cutting edge education and experiential learning opportunities
  • Act intentionally to achieve significant and influential outcomes for our global society
  • Transform health care through collaborative leadership, policy, and advocacy


  • Embrace and promote diversity
  • Celebrate individual talents and strengths
  • Create and promote an environment of belonging where people feel empowered, respected, and valued

Our History


The College of Nursing at the Medical UniversityCollege of Nursing Building historical of South Carolina had its origin in 1882 when the City Council of Charleston approved a request by the City Hospital for $2,000 to establish a "Training School for Nurses." The school was opened in 1883 and continued until the City Hospital was destroyed by an earthquake in 1886.

It was reestablished as "The Charleston Training School" in 1895. A two-year program of instruction was offered, with some lectures given by the Medical College Faculty.

From 1916 to the Present

Nursing students historicalIn 1916, the Board of Commissioners of the Roper Hospital proposed the incorporation of the Training School with the Medical College, and in 1919 the Roper Hospital Training School for Nurses became the School of Nursing of the Medical College of the State of South Carolina. Later the words "of the State" were deleted.

In September 1966, the school began the process of phasing out the three-year diploma program and establishing a four-year baccalaureate program.

In 1969, when the Medical College was Nursing Students Historicaldesignated as "The Medical University of South Carolina" by the State Legislature, the school became one of the six colleges comprising the University. In 1979, the College of Nursing began to offer a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. In 1983, it celebrated one hundred years of nursing education and service to the citizens of South Carolina and the nation.

The college launched a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing in 2001 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree in 2009, with the nation’s first DNP program in Lifespan Palliative Care established in 2020. In 2022, the college was designated as one of six Regional Centers for Palliative Care Nursing Education in the United States by the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project. Today, the College of Nursing celebrates over 140 years of nursing education and excellence, making it one of the oldest schools of nursing in the country.

Current Programs

The College of Nursing now offers both undergraduate and graduate programs of study, including the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science. The Accelerated BSN is campus-based, while the RN-BSN program and all graduate programs are offered entirely online. The College is supported by a new state-of-the-science clinical simulation laboratory. In addition, the College has a robust research portfolio and supports faculty clinical practice through a number of practice partnerships.

Preserving CON's Rich History

MEDICA is a publicly accessible digital repository of scholarly and historical materials relating to MUSC and the history of health sciences in South Carolina. MEDICA's collections include articles written by MUSC faculty, theses and dissertations written by MUSC students, and historical photographs and documents relating to the history of the health sciences.

The College of Nursing has already begun a historical collection. You can explore the collection.

College of Nursing building, 1956

Waring Library Exhibit

Since 1886, MUSC College of Nursing has educated nurses to become the leaders of tomorrow.

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