Excelsior College Partners with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center to Provide Nursing Education & CPNE Site

Albany, N.Y. — Wake Forest Baptist Health, a pre-eminent academic health system based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is now a partner with Excelsior College. Wake Forest Baptist Health has 1,535 licensed beds and employs more than 19,000 professionals in an integrated enterprise of educational and research facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics, emergent care centers, and physician practices in North Carolina and southwest Virginia. The new partnership will focus on affordable educational opportunities for Wake Forest employees looking to advance their careers.

“We are excited about this new partnership with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center because Excelsior’s broad academic programs, including health sciences, nursing, business, and technology, are a good fit for Wake Forest’s workforce development needs,” stated Dawn Gerrain, Excelsior College’s chief marketing and business development officer. “Our programs at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels prepare staff to take advantage of opportunities for upward career mobility and to make an impact in their workplace.”

In addition to the educational partnership, Excelsior College School of Nursing recently added Wake Forest Baptist Health as a Clinical Performance in Nursing Exam (CPNE) testing site for students who need to take the required 8-credit criterion-referenced performance exam. Students must pass this capstone exam to graduate from the associate degree in nursing program at Excelsior College. Having a CPNE testing site at Wake Forest will be convenient for Excelsior’s associate degree in nursing students throughout the region.

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Media Contact: Alicia Jacobs, ajacobs@excelsior.edu, 518-464-8531


Excelsior College (excelsior.edu) is a regionally accredited, not-for-profit online college focused on helping adults complete their degrees and advance their careers. The College contributes to the development of a diverse, educated, and career-ready society by valuing lifelong learning with an emphasis on serving individuals historically underrepresented in higher education. Founded in 1971, Excelsior meets students where they are — academically and geographically — removing obstacles to the educational goals of adults pursuing continuing education and degree completion. Our pillars include innovation, flexibility, academic excellence, and integrity. Learn more at excelsior.edu.