The groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion to the Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing building today marks not only a physical expansion but also an increase in enrollment.
The 16,100-square-foot building expansion provides space for skills teaching labs, a Home Health Suite teaching lab, an interactive space for nursing students and additional classrooms and faculty offices.
“The expansion of the Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing will allow the program to admit more of our qualified applicants and provide them with state-of-the-art learning resources,” said Dr. Tara Hulsey, dean of the nursing program.
The Wingo School of Nursing has a 96 percent six-year average pass rate on the national exam required to receive a license to practice (National Council Licensure Examination). Hulsey said, “This is the highest six-year pass rate of all accredited BSN programs in the state of South Carolina.”
“The nursing alumni and faculty set the stage that the expectations are high for us,” said Elizabeth Ash, a senior nursing major from Summerville. “Our professors constantly push us to do well.”
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Institute of Medicine report is calling for 80 percent of the nation’s nurses to have a minimum of a bachelor of science in nursing by 2020. Hulsey said, “Fifty percent of nurses in the nation hold a BSN, and only 30 percent of nurses in South Carolina have a BSN.”