College of Nursing and Allied Health
Meeting Critical Needs with Academic and Professional Excellence
Among 50 remarkable undergraduate and graduate programs at Charleston Southern University, it is difficult to overstate the vitality, impact and critical importance of the College of Nursing. Consider:
- Formerly known as the Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing, the program was recently renamed the College of Nursing and Allied Health. This transition adds the kinesiology and athletic training programs to the newly formed college, which also houses the fast growing health promotion degree.
- The nursing program boasts the highest seven-year pass rate of all accredited BSN programs in South Carolina on the national NCLEX licensure exam (95%).
- It was one of only 15 nursing programs nationwide chosen to pilot the national BSN quality/safety integration initiative, and the program now is a national model.
- 100 percent of BSN graduates are employed within a year, and more than 90 percent of our graduates remain in the Lowcountry, serving communities in critical need.
Now consider all this in light of the fact that the nation faces a critical nursing shortage (with 55 percent of our nursing workforce expected to retire by 2020) while hospitals and health care facilities are adding demand faster than any other employment sector.
Our program is, in short, both world-class and essential, providing critical training and community services and an essential Campaign priority. Our plan calls for:
- Tripling enrollment
- Expansion of the current facility and faculty to accommodate the growth of students
- New simulation technology for training
- New computer workstations to prepare nurses for the national rollout of the Electronic Health Record (EHR).
We are continuing to expand access to online degree programs for both RN to BSN and Master of Science in Nursing degrees, enabling working nurses to continue their service while gaining vital education in leadership and management, research and evidence-based practice, disease prevention/management and community nursing.
The people who work with and are healed by our nursing graduates provide a compelling story. Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health, Dr. Tara Hulsey, shares that it is widely recognized within the health care community that "...there is just something different about a nurse from Charleston Southern University. Our nurses offer a level of caring with compassion, patience, a sense of ministry and the gift of humanity that is a direct result of faith integration in our nursing education program."