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CSU to dedicate expanded nursing facilities

University Relations

College of Nursing and Allied HealthCharleston Southern University will dedicate the expansion to its nursing building Friday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. The renovation of Derry Patterson Wingo Hall and the more than 16,000-square-foot expansion are essential to accommodate the growth of the rapidly expanding College of Nursing and Allied Health.

The program growth is driven by tripling enrollment in the nursing program to 120 by 2014, additional faculty, new simulation technology for training, increased enrollment in the health promotion degree program, the addition of online degrees, including a master of science in nursing for nurse educators, an RN-BSN option and the move of the athletic training and kinesiology programs to the College of Nursing and Allied Health.

The Charleston Southern bachelor of science in nursing program has a 95 percent seven-year average pass rate on the national exam required to receive a license to practice (NCLEX-RN). This is currently the highest seven-year pass rate of all accredited BSN programs in the state of South Carolina. The unparalleled success of the CSU nursing program is rooted in preparation.

“At CSU, nursing students are led by qualified, Christian faculty in a small class setting. “You can’t have pass rates like that unless you have stellar faculty,” said Dr. Tara Hulsey, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health. “We have small faculty-to-student ratios, so the students get a lot of hands-on experience.”

More than 90 percent of Charleston Southern’s nursing graduates stay in the Lowcountry. In addition to numerous affiliations within the health care community, the CSU nursing program provides a streamlined program with Trident Tech to educate ADN nurses at the BSN level and reserves several spots for military applicants. CSU students and faculty regularly provide services at health fairs in the community, and many faculty members volunteer at a free medical clinic.

David Dunlap, president and CEO at Roper St. Francis, said, “Here at Roper St. Francis, we are thrilled that the already impressive bachelor’s degree in nursing program is being expanded at Charleston Southern University. We know that whenever a CSU nursing graduate walks through our doors and joins our team, we’re not simply hiring a well-educated nurse, but gaining a young person of exemplary character prepared to carry out our mission of healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence. The bond between Roper St. Francis and Charleston Southern is so strong that, in fact, we employ more CSU graduates than any other healthcare institution in our community. We are proud to be associated with the Nursing Demonstration Lab in this beautiful new building that will serve as a symbol of medical excellence and learning for future generations.”

The Charleston Southern nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the largest and oldest accrediting agency for nursing, and is a member of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.


College of Nursing and Allied Health:http://www.charlestonsouthern.edu/nursing

Transform Campaign: http://www.charlestonsouthern.edu/transform


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