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Welcome to the Swain Department of Nursing

Our program is dedicated to growing the next generation of nurse leaders through learning in a caring environment. We follow Swanson’s Theory of Caring for developing nursing practice that is grounded in individual and family centered care using scientific evidence to establish and meet healthy goals that are set mutually by the individual, family and clinical providers. We support a healing environment that recognizes the unique needs of each individual. Quality and safe care are integrated throughout our curriculum. Our program recognizes the critical leadership role that nurses play in the complex healthcare environment.

A strong general science background provides the infrastructure necessary for students to apply theoretical principles to the delivery of nursing care. Students learn in the classroom, simulation center, and clinical settings. We offer diverse clinical experiences, using experts in each field, to provide the student with competencies that reflect the skill of a novice nurse by graduation. Standardized testing is threaded throughout the curriculum to enhance their learning and further prepare the student for the nursing licensing exam following graduation.

A traditional four-year baccalaureate program is available to students in the Corps of Cadets as well as Veteran students. An evening completion program is offered for community students who have earned the required general education and prerequisite courses at another institution and wish to complete their nursing degree at The Citadel. Classes and clinical experiences for evening students are completed during evening hours and occasionally on Saturdays, and are designed for the student who needs flexibility in their learning environment. Both the Corps of Cadets and evening students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree upon completion of the program.

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency programs.
On September 5-7, 2018, The Swain Department of Nursing will host a visit from CCNE to evaluate our program against their standards. Stakeholders are invited to submit comments through August 15, 2018. Comments may be directed to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

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Amelia M. Joseph, PhD, RN
Department Head

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