Centers of Excellence
WSSU offers world-class degree programs within four "academic centers of excellence" that offer students the opportunity to contribute and succeed in growing industries, while promoting regional economic development by addressing increasing demand for new workforce skills.
- WSSU's School of Health Sciences offers state-of-the art curriculum, using the latest technology and teaching methods, as well as extensive clinical experience, to develop the world-class skills required for success in today's changing health care industry.
- Its two master's and three baccalaureate degree programs create career paths for students in a wide spectrum of health sciences disciplines, including nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and clinical laboratory sciences. The school's flexible and innovative programs also address critical workforce shortages in nursing created by a growing industry.
- Through the "immersion method" of teaching, WSSU health sciences students are heavily involved in clinical activities, interacting directly with patients and learning to provide services. From virtually the first day of enrollment, students spend approximately 50% of the academic time in a clinical setting.
- WSSU is adapting its health sciences degree programs to prepare working adults, particularly those already in the field, to earn Registered Nurse (RN) certificates and baccalaureate degrees in compressed time frames. These graduates can rapidly fill vacant jobs requiring the higher skill levels demanded by a growing industry. Examples of flexible programs include:
- The Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) Bachelor's degree, taught entirely through the Internet.
- The RN to BSN program features classroom and distance learning that allows students to earn degrees in 1-2 years without interrupting their careers.
- The Accelerated BSN Option program is a 13-month option designed for second degree students. Degree program allows students to complete a 4-year degree for nursing in 13 months. However, the student must already have a bachelor's degree in any program.
- WFU-Baptist Hospital BSN scholarship program.
- The B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, designed for certified laboratory technicians currently working in the clinical research field for at least three years; students complete the two-year degree through Internet-based course work.
Science & Technology
- WSSU is playing an integral role in the advancement of information technology as an industry and career path in the Piedmont Region. With its world-class faculty, comprehensive curriculum, research initiatives and new facilities featuring the latest technologies, the school is helping students build the technical and management skills necessary to begin or advance their IT careers.
- The university's IT curriculum spans two schools: The College of Arts and Sciences teaches the core computer science discipline, preparing students for careers in technical fields such as network design and software programming. The School of Business and Economics concentrates on the application of management information systems (MIS) to business processes, readying students for careers in IT management.
- The computer science curriculum provides students with exposure to the latest technologies and project scenarios, including application development, UNIX-based programming, digital hardware design, data communications/networking, graphic design, visualization, and parallel computing.
- WSSU supports its comprehensive IT curriculum with state-of-the-art facilities. The university recently opened a $13 million Computer Science Center designed and equipped with the latest computer, Internet and communications technologies.
- The Computer Science Center complements a new program, the Winston-Salem State University Technology Requirement Initiative (WSSU-TRI) which requires all incoming freshmen to be equipped with mobile technologies such as tablet PCs, laptop computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs).
- Through its Intelligent Information Systems Group, WSSU conducts leading-edge research on a wide range of emerging technologies, including: adaptive systems, distributed systems, human cognition, human-computer interaction, information retrieval and filtering, intelligent agents, knowledge systems, ontology engineering, and semantic Web technology.
- WSSU offers specialized curriculum and degree programs to address growing demand for personal financial planning and management services.
- WSSU's School of Business & Economics offers bachelor's degree programs in economics, accounting, management information systems, and business administration with a wide range of concentrations, including marketing and management, as well as finance. It also offers a graduate MBA program.
- The school also plans to add several, more-specialized curriculum in key financial service areas including insurance, employee benefits, retirement and estate planning, tax planning and investment management.
- WSSU maintains active educational partnerships with a number of leading corporations that includes Wachovia, Inc., and Phillip Morris Inc. Such experiences will generate a wide range of hands-on educational opportunities for students.
Teaching & Learning
- WSSU plays a leading role in growing the Piedmont Region's state-of-the-art teaching system as a critical part of the infrastructure needed to support both social and economic advancement. Its School of Education and Human Performance (SEHP) graduates over 400 teachers each year, all of whom are highly qualified professionals that demonstrate the technical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to sustain high-quality education for an expanding population.
- The school's world-class curriculum includes undergraduate degree programs that ready students for teaching certification in early childhood, elementary, secondary, physical, and special education. A graduate degree program in elementary education is also available.
- The WSSU SEHP supplements its innovative curriculum with pioneering programs that offer students "real world" learning experiences, while advancing new educational theories and practices. These programs include:
- Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy -WSSU is lending its expertise and research insights to build new curriculum that creates a performance-based, student-centered environment more like those seen at the collegiate level. The academy serves as a "real world" learning laboratory for WSSU students, and a focal point for faculty research.
College of Arts & Sciences' 'Foundation of Excellence'
- Liberal arts and sciences education is the essential core of WSSU's career-focused programs offered through its "academic centers of excellence." In fact, much of the foundational academic requirements and teaching resources for the "centers of excellence" reside within WSSU's College of Arts & Sciences (CA+S). For example:
- CA+S develops and teaches the computer science curriculum that is a big part of the Information Technology Center of Excellence.
- CA+S provides the core science education for the Health Sciences degree programs.
- WSSU's liberal arts and sciences capabilities play an important role in supporting the Piedmont Region's economic transformation and community development. The school is developing new degree programs in emerging scientific disciplines that feed rapidly growing industries such as biotechnology. A new biotechnology degree program will be taught in a new $70 million, 160,000 sq.ft. Biotechnology Research Facility now under construction in Winston-Salem's Piedmont Triad Research Park.