HARTSVILLE, SC – The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded Coker University a $25,000 grant to support the launch of Coker’s new nursing program, providing funds to support scholarships for the first batch of students in nursing from Coker this fall.
In October, the South Carolina Board of Nursing approved Coker University’s plans to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as the first part of its innovative approach to nursing education.
Through the new Coker program, students will experience a blended learning environment, offering them the opportunity to complete preparatory work from home on their schedules to prepare for practical and applicable learning in the workplace. employment during class meeting hours. The Coker BSN program includes:
Online content available to help students master important content, meaning they can quickly skim through information that is not new or repeat difficult content as many times as needed
A nursing sequence starting in the third semester of studies
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Options available for working students that limit the time required on campus
“South Carolina is currently on track to rank fourth in the nation in terms of nursing shortages. Duke Energy is proud to partner with Coker University to do what it can to solve the critical problem in Pee Dee and throughout South Carolina. Coker’s new nursing program will help fill the shortage, finishing students who excel in providing the care South Carolinas need and deserve,” said Mindy Taylor, Duke Energy district manager for government and community relations.
With more regional students seeking undergraduate programs such as nursing and with many local employers looking to strengthen the pool of healthcare workers available in the region, Coker is committed to ensuring that her new BSN be an affordable investment for aspiring nurses.
Currently, 95% of all Coker undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, with Coker student scholarships averaging nearly $17,500 per student. Last year, Coker awarded more than $10 million in scholarships to its students.
“Coker is grateful for the support the Duke Energy Foundation provides to our nursing program and for the generosity it has shown to Coker over many years,” said Coker University President Natalie J. Harder. “Coker University is building a state-of-the-art nursing program designed to meet South Carolina’s healthcare needs, today and tomorrow, and we are committed to meeting this important need in the Pee Dee. We look forward to welcoming the next generation of outstanding local nursing students to Hartsville in the fall.
Coker’s nursing program is one of the first programs nationwide to be specifically designed to meet the revised standards for baccalaureate nursing education published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. For more information on Coker’s nursing program, please visit: https://www.coker.edu/programs-degrees/nursing/.
“Gifts like these enable Coker University to provide exceptional educational opportunities,” said Jessica Cloud, Coker’s vice president for institutional advancement. “Anyone interested in supporting our nursing program, scholarships, or any other program at Coker can contact the Office of Institutional Advancement for assistance with making their donation.”