Nursing program takes another giant step forward
Charleston Southern University’s Board of Trustees has voted to approve a recommendation to change the name of the School of Nursing to the College of Nursing and Allied Health. The name change reflects the unprecedented expansion of the program.
Dr. Tara Hulsey, Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health, said the change includes transitioning CSU’s Kinesiology and Athletic Training programs join the newly formed College.
“This is quite an exciting time for us," said Hulsey. "The College of Nursing and Allied Health solidifies the University’s commitment to preparing students for a variety of professional roles relating to health. Housing nursing and all allied health programs in one College provides a one-stop-shop for students interested in health related careers. It also will provide interdisciplinary learning opportunities and shared resources that will enhance student learning experiences.”
Since enrolling its first class in the fall of 1995, the nursing program has experienced tremendous growth. Charleston Southern offers degree programs in Health Promotion, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an online RN-BSN degree program and an online Master of Science in Nursing that focuses on preparing nurse educators.
The nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Through funding partnerships with Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Trident HCA, the university has added faculty and cutting edge technology, including the addition of the i-Stan simulator by Meti in 2008.
In addition, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation presented a grant of $88,000 to fund Pediatric simulators. Last week Roper St. Francis Healthcare formally announced their commitment for $100,000 to fund a skills lab in Charleston Southern University’s expanded College of Nursing and Allied Health.
"Our long-standing partnership with Roper St. Francis Healthcare has been critical to not only the growth but also to the excellence of our BSN program,” said Hulsey, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health at CSU. “The clinical and financial support provided by Roper St. Francis Healthcare is significant and has contributed to the success of our students. I am extremely grateful for the relationship and this most generous gift of support."
The university broke ground on the expansion of Derry Patterson Wingo Hall last fall. The building expansion will be a two-story, 16, 100 square foot facility including classrooms, skills teaching labs, a Home Health Suite teaching lab, 11 nursing faculty offices, and an interactive space for nursing students. The expansion is expected to be completed by the Fall 2013, nearly two decades after the original dedication when Henry Wingo donated $1.5 million for the construction a new nursing building in memory of his wife, Derry Patterson Wingo. Visit CharlestonSouthern.edu/transform for more information on CSU's capital campaign.
The expansion is the next step in a three-year plan unanimously approved by the University’s Board of Trustees last year to triple enrollment. The move addresses increasing enrollment demand and the current nursing shortage. CSU’s nursing students have a 96% six-year pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), the highest of all accredited Bachelor of Science nursing programs in South Carolina. This national exam is required to receive a license to practice.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is 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.