The College of Nursing at the Medical University 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 (first students accepted in 1884) and continued operating at the City Hospital until it 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. In 1904 Roper Hospital took over administration of the program until 1916, when the Board of Commissioners of the Roper Hospital proposed the incorporation of the Training School with the Medical College. In 1919 the Roper Training School for Nurses became the School of Nursing of the Medical College of the State of South Carolina and expanded to a three-year diploma program. In 1966 the School of Nursing began to phase out the three-year program and established a four-year baccalaureate program leading to the B.S. in Nursing. In 1976 the College of Nursing began to offer a Master of Science in Nursing program. The College of Nursing launched a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing in 2001.
The College of Nursing Digital Collections currently include class photos from 1897-2002, the papers of Marguerite Andell, and current dissertations written by CON students. The digital collections are a work in progress; please check back for more historical collections from the College of Nursing, as well as contemporary scholarship from the college. The MEDICA team currently has CON dissertations, journal articles, and poster presentations in production. Additionally, artifacts from CON are being photographed for inclusion in MEDICA.
If you are a College of Nursing faculty member or student, and you have materials you would like to include in MEDICA, please visit our Participate page for more info.