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

Wingate to offer nursing, expand pharmacy

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

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


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.