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Nursing Grads honored at pinning ceremony

Warren Peper // Marketing and Communication // 12.09.2016

Eleven Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students were pinned in an official graduation ceremony held at Charleston Southern University’s College of Nursing today.  Family and friends gathered to share in the accomplishment and enjoyed a reception afterwards.

One of the 2016 grads, Hannah Buhler, daughter of CSU Board of Trustee Bill Carpenter, said she knew Charleston Southern was the place for her after a professor took so much time to help her understand the expectations and benefits of the program.

Buhler, a nurse at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the neuro step-down unit, believes her post-graduate degree will allow her to become an excellent nurse educator, primarily because of her CSU instructors. 

“The values that CSU instills in its students are unique because it is a Christian university,” she said. “I see this play out first hand in conversations and daily interactions with my classmates, professors and students.”

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing program at Charleston Southern is an online faith-based graduate nursing program that prepares nurses to serve in the faculty/nurse educator roles within the health care setting. The program runs as an online cohort model with 10 5-week classes in a 12-month period, allowing completion of the program in 16 months.

The curriculum prepares graduates to develop and evaluate curriculum and to effectively implement innovative teaching strategies using multiple learning formats while emphasizing the spiritual, ethical and moral dimensions of the art of nursing. The MSN degree in Nursing Education prepares nurses to teach at a faculty level in nursing programs as well as to accept educator positions within hospital and clinic settings.

The MSN Class of 2016 includes:

  • Sarah Ayers
  • Hannah Buhler
  • Christine Constantine
  • Brian Harley
  • Joshua Larsen
  • Ameika Lofton
  • Tonya Pratt
  • Lori Tisdale
  • Paige Wallace
  • Shelly Walters
  • Vicky Wetzel

For more information on the program, visit

Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.