Columbia International University is developing the school’s first nursing program and has hired Jill McElheny as program director.
McElheny is the former director of the nursing program at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo. She received a doctorate degree in nursing practice from the University of Colorado’s College of Nursing. She also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina, as well as a history degree from Furman University.
CIU, a private Christian university founded in 1923, plans to begin residential and online nursing classes in the 2021-22 academic year.
McElheny most recently served as RN case manager for Heartland Hospice in Charleston.
“I am excited to join a Christian organization where I can promote nursing as a calling while sharing my faith with students,” McElheny said in a news release. “I would love to connect nursing students to the field of Christian nursing ministry.”