HPU nursing program set to welcome first class this fall

State-of-the-art laboratories and simulation rooms for HPUs

nursing program are ready for the first cohort.

HIGH POINT, North Carolina, January 25, 2022 – High Point University’s Department of Nursing has received approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) to begin operating HPU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The first class of nursing students will be welcomed to HPU this fall at a time when the nation needs more nurses than ever.

NCBON sets the standards for licensure nursing education programs. To gain approval, nursing programs must go through a thorough approval process. New programs must have a fully developed curriculum and application with evidence of learning resources, available clinical experiences, financial resources, and dedicated learning space and nursing-specific facilities .

Receiving this approval marks another important milestone for HPU’s new nursing program which welcomes its first cohort in August. In February 2021, HPU hired Dr. Racquel Ingram to chair the new department and build the program. HPU’s Department of Nursing also gained approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in October 2021. SACSCOC is the regional accrediting body for degree-granting institutions of higher education in the southern states.

Ingram, RN, continues to lead and lay the foundation for the nursing program. She is an Amy V. Cockcroft Fellow in Nursing Leadership and brings 25 years of nursing experience, 23 years as a nurse educator with expertise in developing nursing programs and programs, and 19 years of leadership male nurse.

“This endorsement enables HPU to enroll students who value the university’s commitment to the latest technology, cutting-edge resources, academic support, a learning environment that supports interdisciplinary collaboration, and those who simultaneously wish to become extraordinary leaders in nursing,” says Ingram.

Students will learn in the new complex next to the Student Health Center on University Parkway. The 50,000 square foot space includes a 16-bed skills lab with 14 diverse simulators modeling an acute care environment, as well as three high-fidelity simulation suites – adult nursing, mother-newborn nursing, and nursing. pediatric nurses.

The finished 50,000 square foot Nursing Department complex is located at HPU’s Parkway Commons at 1300 N. University Parkway and is undergoing final preparations for the first students this fall. The complex includes a 16-bed skills lab with 14 diverse simulators modeling an acute care environment, as well as three high-fidelity simulation suites – adult nursing, mother-newborn nursing and pediatric nursing.

“These resources, including our interdisciplinary health science collaborations, will facilitate the development of well-prepared 21st century nursing graduates who can meet the unpredictable challenges of today’s health care,” says Ingram.

The Department of Nursing is part of the Congdon School of Health Sciences and joins several successful health care training programs at HPU including Masters in Physician Assistant Studies, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science in Sports Training , a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Doctor of Medical Science, Master of Biomedical Science, and Master of Health Care Administration. In May 2021, HPU also announced that it would establish the School of Dentistry and Oral Health, the only private dental school in the state.

“Our innovative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program complements our successful healthcare education programs and will prepare exceptional and compassionate nurses for the future,” said Dr Kevin Ford, Dean of the Congdon School of Health. Sciences. “Students will not only learn the technical skills required to become a nurse, but they will also learn essential life skills that employers in the healthcare industries are looking for. Our graduates will be dedicated to lifelong learning and an interdisciplinary approach to positively impact the health of individuals within our local communities and beyond.

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