Thursday, February 07, 2008
The South Carolina State Board of Nursing recently gave full approval to the SC State nursing program through June 30, 2009, contiguous with its accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Board cited significant improvement and excellence in preparing students for the profession as evidenced by high pass rates on the NCLEX National Nursing Examination.
The Board thanked Dr. Sylvia Whiting, interim director of the SC State nursing program, and Dr. Larry Eustace, interim coordinator of the SC State Nursing Program, for their tireless efforts in managing the program.
“Dr. Whiting, Dr. Eustace, the faculty, and staff have done a marvelous job of preparing our students for the field of nursing,” said Dr. Robert T. Barrett, dean of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences. “I applaud the nursing program for this impressive accomplishment, evidenced by the State Board of Nursing’s stamp of approval,” he continued.
SC State’s nursing leaders are working to build an even stronger faculty. The faculty in nursing are working to increase skills and knowledge of students throughout the program, working to recruit and enroll high quality students, working to build support systems to help with retention, and working to improve the program of study by implementing a 2 + 2 program designed to ensure that students are prepared to engage in the rigorous study found in upper level nursing courses and are prepared to be successful in the nursing field upon graduation.
“The approval reflects a vote of confidence in SC State University to produce nursing graduates who are well prepared to compete globally,” said Dr. Leonard A. McIntyre, interim president. “Our faculty has and continues to work diligently to provide our students with the proficiency and capacity necessary to become leaders; and I commend our Nursing faculty and staff on this accomplishment,” he stated.