About the School of Nursing

In 1968 William Carey University merged with the Mather School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana. This well-known New Orleans institution had operated for many years at Southern Baptist Hospital. The School of Nursing (SON) was first approved by the Board of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning in March 1969 to offer classes for the RN-BSN program with classes being taught in Hattiesburg and New Orleans.

The National League for Nursing (NLN) granted initial accreditation in 1971. The entire major was offered to registered nurses in Gulfport and Hattiesburg beginning in 1976. In the fall of 1992, a self-study was presented to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for the purpose of scheduling a site visit and gaining official approval to operate in that state. Conditional approval was granted in February 1993. Full approval was granted, and continues, after a site visit. In 2003, approval was granted to offer the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. In the fall of that year, the first MSN class was admitted with a clinical focus in adult health and role focus in nursing education. Twenty students completed the program of study and graduated in August 2004. The MSN program received full accreditation by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning in 2004.

In 2007, the SON received initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for all nursing programs. Continued full accreditation was granted in the fall of 2012 for a term of 10 years.

The School of Nursing continues to operate in three states, with the Mississippi campuses being fully accredited by the Institutions of Higher Learning and the Louisiana campus being fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Currently, the pre-licensure BSN and RN-BSN programs are offered on the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses. In Louisiana, students are admitted to the RN-BSN program currently located on the Slidell off campus site of William Carey University.

In August 2012, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools granted approval for the Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration program. The first students were admitted for the fall 2012 term. PhD. degrees will be granted to the first cohort of students in August 2014.

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On behalf of the William Carey University administration, nursing faculty, staff, and students on all three campuses, we are glad that you have chosen to look closely at the Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing at William Carey University.

As an integral part of William Carey University, the School of Nursing shares the overall purpose and objectives of the university

At the undergraduate level, we seek to prepare individuals for self-directed practice and continuing growth in professional nursing; for formal graduate study; and for service to people as an expression of the Christian life and commitment.

In the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Education program, we seek to build on and advance the knowledge acquired at the undergraduate level to produce an expert in the areas of adult health and nursing education. The SON offers a Post-Master’s in Nursing Education for registered nurses who hold a Master’s degree in nursing without the nursing education specialty or plan to pursue a doctorate in nursing. Each MSN student is also able to choose an area of primary focus including Case Management, Gerontological Nursing, Healthcare Simulation Education, Nursing Administration, and Population-Focused Nursing. The MSN/MBA is designed to prepare nurses with a BSN for leadership roles in healthcare.

The Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration is a terminal degree designed to prepare nurse scholars as nurse educators and/or administrators of nursing programs or healthcare facilities.

As a School of Nursing, our commitment is to promote the health of all individuals by preparing competent and caring individuals for nursing service.

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