College of Nursing tops local rankings
According to the South Carolina State Board of Nursing, Charleston Southern University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program ranks No. 1 in the Charleston metro area for its pass rate on the national licensure exam (NCLEX).
The College of Nursing at CSU graduated 37 BSN students in May 2014. Approximately 92 percent of Charleston Southern’s nursing graduates remain in the Lowcountry to serve the needs of the community.
The State Board report also ranks CSU’s College of Nursing second in the state of South Carolina with a 95 percent eight-year average pass rate on the national exam required to receive a license to practice. The BSN program at Charleston Southern was one of only 15 schools in the country chosen to pilot the integration of national quality and safety competencies into the BSN curriculum and now serves as a consultant for other schools.
2014 BSN Pass Rates for South Carolina Colleges and Universities:
- USC Beaufort - 100%
- Charleston Southern University – 95%
- USC - 94%
- Clemson - 94%
- MUSC - 93%
- Francis Marion – 92%
- Newberry - 92%
- Bob Jones University - 88%
- Lander University - 82%
- USC Aiken - 82%
- USC Upstate - 82%
- South University - 76%
- SC State (closed) - 20%
The CSU nursing program has tripled its enrollment in response to a nationwide nursing shortage and a national call for 80 percent of the nation’s nurses to have a minimum of a bachelor of science in nursing by 2020. Only 30 percent of nurses in South Carolina currently hold a BSN.
Last fall CSU celebrated another milestone in its program growth and success, adding a 16,100-square-foot expansion to the nursing building.
The College of Nursing at Charleston Southern University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), online RN-BSN and RN-MSN options and a Master of Science in Nursing. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is also a member of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Interim dean Dr. Andreea Toader points to the program’s relationships through community partnerships as a major contributing factor for the success. The CSU College of Nursing has partnerships with Roper St. Francis and Trident Hospital (HCA). “Through ample clinical opportunities across the Lowcountry, our nursing students become knowledgeable, innovative professional nurses equipped with superior training and positioned to practice on the forefront of health care,” she said. “Our excellent group of faculty participates in rigorous curriculum review to ensure that our students receive the necessary knowledge to master the NCLEX board exam and become exceptional registered nurses. We are deeply committed to recruiting the next generation of talented and diverse students to ensure our nursing program’s continued success.”
Pennie Peralta, vice president of nursing and senior nurse executive for Bon Secours St. Francis has said that “Roper St. Francis has long enjoyed a beneficial relationship with CSU.” Roper St. Francis is the largest employer of CSU nursing graduates.
In addition, Charleston Southern has entered into a formal agreement with Trident Technical College (TTC) to offer an accelerated option for associate degree nursing student at TTC to complete a BSN degree at CSU. This allows these students to earn the BSN in a total of three years as a student of both TTC and CSU.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited independent universities, enrolling 3,300 students. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the university’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.