Nursing Degree Program
Levine College of Health Science
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The undergraduate Nursing Program provides a broad-based arts and sciences curriculum that prepares students as generalists to enter the profession of nursing. After successfully completing the program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam in order to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse.
Separate admission is required into the upper division program. Prerequisite courses required before admission into the program are taken during the first two undergraduate years. Applications are submitted by qualified students during the sophomore spring semester for acceptance into the program the following fall. Only one cohort enters the upper division program each fall semester. Currently, the program is licensed for 59 + 10 = 69 students combining the 1st year and 2nd year cohorts.
THE FOUR YEAR ACADEMIC PLANS ARE STANDARD TEMPLATES FOR HOW A DEGREE CAN BE COMPLETED IN EIGHT (8) CONSECUTIVE FALL & SPRING SEMESTERS. THERE IS VARYING FLEXIBILITY IN THE EXACT COURSE SEQUENCE DEPENDING UPON INDIVIDUAL STUDENT CIRCUMSTANCES, MAJOR CURRICULUM AND COURSE AVAILABILITY. STUDENTS SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR FACULTY ADVISOR FOR COURSE SEQUENCING, DEGREE PLANNING AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS. STUDENTS ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DEGREE PLANNING.
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Our students gain valuable hands-on experience by working within the local communities in hospitals, mental health facilities, end of life care, home health care, public school systems, community health, nursing homes and wound care.
Students participate in poverty simulation, community clinics, public school clinics, health fairs, and a variety of community outreach opportunities and small individual lab experiences.
NURSING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The RN has the opportunity to work in a variety of direct hands-on patient care and indirect care of patients through interdisciplinary support in management and administration. According to ACEN (2020) Report to Constituents: 2019, ACEN-accredited BSN programs have a 92.11% job placement rate for 2018-2019.
Examples of healthcare opportunities for the baccalaureate prepared RN include:
- Cardiac care
- Correctional healthcare
- Critical care
- Emergency care
- Home health
- Intensive care
- Labor and delivery
- Public health/community health
- Radiology & interventional medicine
- School systems & universities
- Veterans affairs
Students who have a desire to specialize their nursing practice can achieve this goal through graduate education. Wingate University currently does not have nursing graduate programs; however, our students are advised by well-qualified nursing faculty who hold graduate degrees and have 50+ years of combined nursing experience. This knowledge and experience will guide students with beneficial information to acquire a higher level of nursing education.
Graduate Nursing healthcare opportunities include:
- Nurse Practitioners (NP)
- Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)
- Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM)
- Certified Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)
- Nurse Educators
- Nursing Informatics
- Nursing Leadership
Dr. Kristen G. Barbee
"What I enjoyed most about being a student in the Nursing Program at Wingate University was the small class sizes. I was provided with one-on-one professor instruction and many opportunities for hands on learning. As a labor and delivery nurse today I feel that Wingate contributed greatly to my nursing practice and career.”
Abigail Labiche, Class of 2019
"I am able to make a difference in my community today because the Wingate Nursing program set me up for success as a registered nurse. Through small class sizes, one-on-one instruction, carefully picked course content, and relevant clinical experiences I was able to gain the knowledge and skills needed to pass the NCLEX-RN and begin my career as a mother-baby nurse."
Alyssa Huntley, Class of 2019
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t first pursue my nursing education at Wingate University. What truly helped me to succeed are the relationships I have built with my professors and my classmates. Small class sizes made learning much easier for me because I didn’t feel like just a number; everyone in the program had the same goal, and we all worked together to achieve that goal. The accessibility and approachability of the professors was important to me as well -- having people in your corner who care about you and believe in you makes a world of difference. I am currently a nurse in the Neuro ICU, and in June of 2021, I will begin my journey towards my DNP-CRNA at the University of Buffalo. I will always be grateful to Wingate for the opportunities provided to me to have a successful future in my nursing practice.”
Alyssa Handley, Class of 2018