Campbell University announced Wednesday that it will expand its health sciences campus with a new nursing school.
The Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing has 110 students enrolled in pre-nursing seminars. The Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee voted Wednesday to develop a nursing school from its bachelor of science in nursing degree program, which started last fall.
The university in Buies Creek has moved aggressively to establish six new health care degree programs in the past five years, including a school of osteopathic medicine in 2013. Its pharmacy school was founded 30 years ago.
On Wednesday, Campbell broke ground on a new $22 million building that will house the nursing program along with physical therapy, occupational therapy and medical research programs. The health campus has sprung up in the past few years on U.S. 421 in Lillington, less than a mile from the main campus in Harnett County.
Campbell officials say they will spend $20 million on the new nursing school and other health science programs in the next few years. They say they are aiming for an interdisciplinary environment on campus where doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, public health specialists and physician assistants will train alongside each other.
The nursing school is named for Catherine Wood, a former nurse and wife of Campbell trustee Luby Wood. The couple lives in Raleigh. The new building is named the Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Health Sciences. Smith, a former nurse, is married to Henry Smith, a Campbell trustee. The couple lives in Farmville.
The Woods and Smiths gave lead gifts for the project, according to the university.