College of Nursing

Contact: Beth Khan

Jan 12, 2016

CHARLESTON, SC – Great things continue to happen at the MUSC College of Nursing. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the MUSC College of Nursing No. 2 among online graduate nursing programs in America. MUSC College of Nursing surpassed more than 500 nursing schools surveyed to earn the No. 2 ranking on publication’s 2016 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs list. To view the rankings, visit Best Online Nursing Programs.

For the past three years, the MUSC College of Nursing has held one of the top two spots. In 2015, the school ranked No. 1; in 2014, it ranked No. 2.

“The College of Nursing’s frequent top ranking among the nation’s nursing schools is a testament to the excellence and ingenuity of MUSC,” said Gail Stuart, Ph.D., dean of the MUSC College of Nursing. “Twelve years ago, we were one of the first nursing schools to make a commitment to innovative nursing education through online instruction. Today, the College of Nursing remains engaged in what has become a standard practice while continuing to focus on innovations that will enable us to further distinguish MUSC from other institutions.”

The MUSC College of Nursing offers online graduate programs that award a Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in nursing science degree. The school also provides an on-campus accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree with classroom, clinical, and lab components, as well as an online RN to BSN program. In fall 2015, more than 575 students were enrolled in the College of Nursing.

An upcoming application deadline for the MUSC College of Nursing’s online DNP and RN to BSN programs is March 15. To learn more about MUSC’s nursing programs, visit Nursing Programs.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I Trauma Center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit For more information on hospital patient services, visit