CSU breaks ground on nursing school expansion

CHARLESTON, S.C.(WCIV) - CharlestonSouthern made the first steps toward increasing enrollment in and expanding itsnursing school at a groundbreaking on Friday.

The 16,000-square-foot expansion to the Derry Patterson Wingo School ofNursing will make room for a variety of teaching labs, an interactive space forstudents as well as more classrooms and faculty offices.

"The expansion of the Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing will allow theprogram to admit more of our qualified applicants and provide them withstate-of-the-art learning resources," said Dr. Tara Hulsey, dean of the nursingprogram.

According to a statement released by CharlestonSouthern, the school of nursing has a 96 percent six-year pass rate on thenational exam, the highest rate of all accredited BNS programs in the state, Hulseysaid.

"The nursing alumni and faculty set the stage that the expectations are highfor us," said Elizabeth Ash, a senior nursing major from Summerville. "Ourprofessors constantly push us to do well."

Natasha Lewis, a senior nursing major from Summerville, is excited about thechance for additional nursing students to study at CSU.

"It's exciting to watch the program grow," she said. "We will be able tolook back with admiration after we graduate."

The expansion is expected to be completed by the fall of next year. Once it'scompleted, the bachelor of science in nursing program will admit 80 studentsper year. Currently, the program admits 40 students per year.