Wingate University to offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree

Wingate, N.C. -- Wingate University is responding to the growing demand for nursing professionals by taking steps to reinstate a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree by 2012. The new program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projects nursing shortages in 44 states, including North Carolina, by 2020. The shortage is partly due to the declining number of nursing school graduates and the aging of the RN workforce. The agency also indicates an increasing share of nursing graduates with bachelor's degrees. In North Carolina alone, a nursing shortage is expected to reach nearly 20,000 by 2015 and 32,000 by 2020, according to the North Carolina Center for Nursing.

Once approved, the BSN program at Wingate University will be offered on the main campus in Wingate, N.C. The program will complement the University's other successful health sciences programs including the Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Physician Assistant Studies, soon to be located at the new Levine College of Health Sciences on campus.

The BSN program would initially enroll 20 students per class and would be geared toward high school students who desire a four-year degree.

"We feel a nursing program will serve our area well, based on the number of inquiries we receive from prospective students," said Wingate University President Jerry E. McGee. "This program is in keeping with our mission to provide students with a complete educational experience that will lead them to an extraordinary career and life."

The BSN degree prepares nurses for a professional role away from the bedside with coursework in areas such as nursing sciences, research and leadership in addition to providing a foundation in the liberal arts. Students enrolled in the program will also gain experience at clinical sites during their junior and senior years.

"We are looking forward to a nursing program that will prepare students not only for traditional nursing roles, but for advancement areas such as administrative, research, consulting and teaching," added McGee.

The University is currently searching for a director for the nursing program who will develop the BSN curriculum as well as the accreditation materials.

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive University with more than 2,300 students on campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The University offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies, sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.

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