To Do Before Orientation

There are several important steps you need to take before classes begin. The checklists linked below detail each component of your onboarding. Please have ALL of these items completed before classes begin.

DNP Onboarding Checklist (PDF)

PhD Onboarding Checklist (PDF)

For more details on each item, please see below:

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is an the software that is used by students to upload the following compliance forms and requirements that are required by the university and are tracked by the College of Nursing.

Nursing License

Please upload your current nursing license to Teams. (PhD students who are not RNs need not comply.)

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification (DNP students only)

Once your BLS training is complete, scan and upload a copy of your BLS card to Teams. All DNP students must have a current BLS Certification while enrolled in the College of Nursing. To ensure safety, care, and professional responsibilities at clinical sites all nursing students must be BLS certified as a health care provider through one of the following organizations:

New students should provide documentation of their certification before enrolling in courses. Returning students should provide documentation at the time of recertification. Students will receive electronic notification 30 days prior to their CPR expiration date. Documentation should be uploaded into the online compliance management system. Students who do not upload current BLS certification will not be able to log in to online coursework or attend clinical.

Student Handbook Acknowledgement and Understanding Form

ALL students are required to complete and upload into the Student Handbook Acknowledgement and Understanding Form (PDF) into Teams. This indicates that you have read the MUSC College of Nursing Student Handbook and know where to access it when updates are made.

Severe Weather Form

In the event of a weather emergency, a one-stop web resource has been created for faculty, staff, and students. The page contains policies and procedures and links to outside resources. This page also has a up-to-date weather information board of a storm's status. This page will notify MUSC employees and students whether they must report to work or class.

Weather at MUSC Library offers storm tracking, weather bulletins, satellite images, radar, and emergency information.

All new College of Nursing Students must complete a Severe Weather Form (PDF) prior to enrolling in courses program. The completed form must be uploaded into Teams.

FYI, most students would complete the form with a “NO”, as most students will have time and be able to evacuate themselves in the event of a weather emergency. Selecting “YES”, means you will be transported to a location not of your choosing and with specific limitations to when you can leave and return home. For most students, this is not ideal.

MyQuest Compliance Modules

All College of Nursing students must complete MyQuest modules which include OSHA, HIPAA, and university student modules. These modules are to be completed annually in the fall. 

  • 2020 Clery Act Training
  • 2020 Copyright Basics
  • 2020 Information Security
  • 2020 MUSC Active Shooter
  • 2020 OSHA Review
  • 2020 Plagiarism
  • 2020 Things Students Need to Know - Part I
  • 2020 Things Students Need to Know - Part II
  • 2020 Things Students Need to Know - Part III
  • 2020 University Student HIPAA

Once your MyQuest modules are completed, print your transcript as a PDF and upload the PDF transcript into Teams.

Immunizations (DNP students only)

All MUSC students are required to submit documentation of immunity/immunization to specific vaccine-preventable conditions prior to arrival to campus. Maintaining these high standards is done to protect the safety of the students, staff, and patients. Obtaining the appropriate documentation (immunization records, immune antibody titers, TB testing) takes time, so please, begin gathering this information now. These requirements need to be completed before students are cleared to begin semester coursework. Immunization requirements and forms can be found on the Student Health website.

You will need to upload your immunization documentation into LifeNet. Student Health will review and certify your immunizations and notify you if anything is missing. Notification of missing documentation will be sent to your Lifenet account and via your MUSC email, so you must monitor these accounts. Do not disregard these messages.

If you are required to submit paperwork to Student Health hand deliver it to:

MUSC Student Health Services
30 Bee Street – Suite 102
Charleston, SC  29425

You may also fax paperwork to 843-792-2318 or email it to Student Health.

Once all of your records have been uploaded in LifeNet, notify Alex Evans, CON's compliance and evaluations manager. 

Drug Screen

As part of a University on-boarding requirement and to maintain compliance with the affiliation agreements between the Medical University of South Carolina and clinical facilities/agencies that host our students, a negative drug screen is required of all College of Nursing students prior to starting the program.

Drug screen results must be received by our Compliance Officer, Ms. Alex Evans before the first day of class. You will find directions on how to complete your drug screen in your on-boarding packet. Please note that your drug screen must be completed by the process outlined. Drug screens obtained through an employer or other methods will not be accepted.

Prescribed medications that result in a positive test will require additional time for clearance. If you know you are taking a prescribed medication that may result in a positive test, please be prepared to receive and respond to a phone call from the drug screen facility (usually an 800 number). You will be required to provide them with appropriate documentation from your doctor. They will leave a message, but you must respond promptly. Otherwise, any student, with a positive drug screen result, will not be able to enroll in the MUSC College of Nursing.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana. Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). The College of Nursing has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to start the program will be negatively impacted.

MUSC ID Photo Upload

MUSC ID badges are required for access to all MUSC buildings and in clinical areas. Please use the following guidelines:

  • Color photo
  • Background must be a solid color, preferably of a lighter shade.
  • Must be a frontal view, cropped from the shoulders up to include the full head. No side views.
  • No other person or objects in the photo (eyeglasses are acceptable, no sunglasses or hats).
  • JPG or JPEG files only.
  • All replacement badges will incur a $15 replacement fee.

Please upload your badge photo here.

Please do not contact Public Safety regarding your badge. Student Services will facilitate receipt of badges. If there is a problem related to your badge, either Student Services or Public Safety will contact you directly. Do not go to Public Safety to pick up your badge.

Health Insurance

All students entering the Medical University of South Carolina are required to have student health insurance in the event of illness or injury. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be enrolled in classes. MUSC offers a student health insurance plan MUSC Plan, however, if you have an alternative health insurance policy, you may opt out of the MUSC Plan. Students will be notified about open enrollment via email. Students will be automatically billed unless they have waived out by the deadline date.