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Wingate University announces BSN program

8/22/2012
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Robert Sibley, incoming nursing student, was interviewed by reporters
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Contact: Kim Williams
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k.williams@wingate.edu 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. –Wingate University held a news conference on Wednesday, Aug. 22 to announce a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which was recently approved by the N.C. Board of Nursing. Wingate University President Dr. Jerry McGee made the announcement. “We are responding to what our healthcare community needs and they have been fully involved in our decision-making,” he said. “This program complements our other programs.” The School of Pharmacy is entering its 10th year and the Physician Assistant Studies program is entering its fifth year.

“The inaugural class begins this fall with 14 students,” said Dr. Dorothy Herron, director of the nursing program. “We hope for great things.”

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President Bob Morgan, as well as Roland Bibeau, Presbyterian Hospital - Matthews president and Michael Lutes, Carolinas Medical Center – Union president welcomed the University’s new program. “I applaud Wingate University for developing this nursing program,” Lutes said. “It’s comforting to know that Wingate will be educating the nurses of the future… and we won’t need to look beyond Union County for some of the best and brightest stars.”

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook online (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Heathcare/Registered-nurses.htm), “employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26% from 2012 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.”

The University’s four year nursing program will be an upper division nursing program, meaning students will take prerequisite courses during their freshmen and sophomore years and can then apply for entrance in to the nursing program during spring semester of their sophomore years. Admittance to the upper division is very competitive and will be granted based upon GPA, prerequisite courses performances and an interview. Graduates will obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree but must pass the nursing board exam (NCLEX-RN) after graduation to work as a registered nurse.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past six years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.