Wingate to offer nursing, expand pharmacy
    November 30 2010 by Wingate University

    WINGATE — Wingate University is taking steps to expand its pharmacy program and bring back a nursing degree.

    Wingate 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 BSN 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.

    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.”

    In expanding its pharmacy program, Wingate will initially offer the doctor of pharmacy program to start in fall 2011 in Hendersonville, pending accreditation approval. The program will be housed in an 11,000 square-foot facility in the heart of downtown Hendersonville.

    Plans are moving forward to serve the Western North Carolina area with a master of business administration and a master of physician assistant studies, pending approvals by their respective accrediting agencies. These programs will be housed in the Hendersonville facility.

    The expansion of its pharmacy program next year underscores the university’s commitment to pharmacy education in North Carolina to meet the increasing need for future pharmacists. “Since the other two pharmacy schools in North Carolina are located in the eastern part of the state, Wingate University has always viewed the Western and Piedmont regions as our service area,” McGee said.

    Some of its fourth-year pharmacy students are already being trained in clinical sites in the area.

    The new program would partner with Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher, Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Asheville for clinical sites, as well as several community pharmacies.  
    11/30/2010 3:55:00 AM by Wingate University | with 2 comments




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