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, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) continues the tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and nearly 800 residents in six colleges and has more than 17,000 employees. As the state’s only integrated academic health sciences center and largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $3.2 billion, with an annual economic impact of nearly $4 billion and annual research funding in excess of $284 million.

As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient care available, while training generations of competent, compassionate health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Comprising some 1,600 beds, more than 100 outreach sites, the MUSC College of Medicine, the physicians’ practice plan, and nearly 275 telehealth locations, MUSC Health owns and operates eight hospitals situated in Charleston, Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Marion counties. In 2019, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina.