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, MUSC is the oldest medical school in the South, as well as the state’s only integrated, academic health sciences center with a unique charge to serve the state through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and more than 850 residents in six colleges: Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The state’s leader in obtaining biomedical research funds, in fiscal year 2019, MUSC set a new high, bringing in more than $284 million. Find out more about our academic programs.

As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital locations in development, more than 350 telehealth sites and connectivity to patients’ homes, and nearly 750 care locations situated in all regions of South Carolina. In 2021, for the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. Learn more about clinical patient services.

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets of $4.4 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers and scientists who deliver groundbreaking education, research, technology and patient care.