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WU ranked best independent college in NC for nursing majors

by Luanne Williams

Wingate University has been ranked the fifth best college in the state for students majoring in nursing, according to the career advice website Zippia. Wingate’s nursing program outranked those of all other independent colleges in the state.

To evaluate the universities, Zippia examined data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education. The company compared schools based on mean earnings of graduates, ratio of graduates working to not working, percentage of the school’s graduating class who are nursing majors, admissions rate, graduation rate, cost of attendance and median amount of debt incurred by students.

Wingate’s bachelor’s degree program in nursing graduated its first cohort in 2014. For the past three years, it has boasted a 100 percent first-attempt pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses.

Personal attention is a hallmark of the program, which has small classes of around 25 students and clinical instructor/student ratios of less than 1:8.

Wingate nursing students gain valuable hands-on experience by working with Atrium Health in Union County, Novant Matthews Medical Center, Novant Presbyterian Medical Center and Atrium-Northeast. 

Wingate University is the state’s fastest-growing independent university based on North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities 2016-2017 enrollment statistics.

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