Thirteen nurses graduated this semester in the first master of science in nursing – nurse educator program, six of whom hold undergrad degrees from CSU.

The pinning ceremony took place Dec. 10, with Shannon Vorlick, PNP, RN, as the guest speaker. Vorlick is a CSU BSN alum and is a faculty member at Trident Technical College. During the ceremony Lisa Webb of Summerville was awarded the Charleston Southern MSN Excellence in Nursing Education Award.

“I am extremely proud of our first graduating MSN class. They all completed the program as full-time students while also working as registered nurses full-time,” said Dr. Tara Hulsey, dean of the School of Nursing.

Over the past several years the School of Nursing has been unable to accept all qualified applicants to the BSN program due to faculty shortage. According to an American Association of Colleges of Nursing survey, nearly two-thirds (65%) of schools stated they turned away qualified applicants for their undergraduate nursing programs due to the faculty shortage.

In response, Charleston Southern developed an online MSN degree. The curriculum is modeled after the National League for Nursing criteria for certification as a nurse educator.

The program uses a national cohort model. Courses are taught in a five-week, online format allowing students to focus on one course at a time. It is possible to complete the program in 16 months, and the online program offers 24/7 technical support.

Another unique feature of the program is the integration of faith throughout the curriculum and the inclusion of two courses that teach students how to integrate faith into nursing curricula and to serve as Christian leaders in health care.

The program also prepares future nurse educators to teach the national quality and safety competencies that are being implemented in prelicensure nursing programs across the country.


(left from bottom to top) Dr. Tara Hulsey, dean of the Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing; Teresa McLean, Sherri Carter, Lisa Webb, Lynda Buss, Karen Arnold, Dayna Strong ’07, (Right side, bottom to top) Catherine Walden ’06, Heather Bishop ’07, Audra Scott, Cheryl Pratt, Tawana Smith ’02, Anisha Hezekiah ’08 and Janet Foster ’74