WU nursing ranked among the top programs in NC

By Luanne Williams
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Wingate’s nursing program has just been named the fourth best in North Carolina by RegisteredNursing.org. The highest-ranking independent university on the list, Wingate scored higher than many larger, well-known schools, such as East Carolina (No. 8), Duke (No. 9) and UNC Chapel Hill (No. 15).

“Wingate University's BSN degree program strives to train competent, skilled and compassionate nursing generalists,” the nurse advocacy organization reported. “The competitive-entry program admits just 40 students at a time, creating an intimate environment for students to learn and practice the art of nursing.” 

Wingate nursing faculty pride themselves on really knowing their students.

“The small class size, along with classroom and clinical instruction, lends itself to having a close relationship with each student,” says Dr. Kristen Barbee, program director. “That’s just one of the things that makes our faculty, and our program, special. We really are a family,” 

The intimate learning environment is a definite benefit, according to senior nursing student Jerome Overton.

“The personal attention I receive from the faculty at Wingate helps me to recognize the things that I need to work on,” he says. “They help me isolate the things that I need more knowledge on and work with me to improve.”

At Wingate, Overton has discovered his passion for working in ICU and ER settings.

“The workload and teaching at Wingate have really given me a desire to work in that emergency environment and have given me the tools to reach that far,” he says. “The bachelor’s degree that Wingate University offers gives you a deeper knowledge of diseases, how they affect the person, and what nurses do about it.”

RegisteredNursing.org analyzed data from 82 North Carolina nursing programs and awarded only the top 30 a spot on its Best Nursing Schools list. Rankings were based on pass rates on the NCLEX, the national licensing exam for registered nurses, between 2016 and 2020, with more recent years given more consideration.

The success of Wingate’s program – during the past five years, only one student has failed to pass the NCLEX on the first try – gave the University a ranking score of 98.71.

The national average pass rate on the NCLEX for 2020 is 90.29 percent among graduates of baccalaureate programs and 86.57 percent among all U.S.-educated grads, including those in diploma or associate-degree programs. Eighteen of Wingate’s 19 May 2020 grads have taken the test, and all passed.

Learn more about nursing at Wingate.

Feb. 9, 2021