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Capstone Scholars

Dr. Patrick Hickey

Faculty Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program


In addition to being Faculty Principal for the Capstone Scholars Program, Dr. Hickey holds a joint appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Nursing. Patrick received a Nursing Degree from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, his BSN from Corpus Christi State University in Corpus Christi, Texas and his MS, MSN, and Dr. P.H. degrees from the University of South Carolina.

Patrick grew up in Almonte, Ontario, Canada (birthplace of the Inventor of Basketball -- Dr. James Naismith) and is both a proud Canadian as well as an American citizen. Patrick has been a nurse for 42 years and has worked in all facets of nursing to include medical-surgical, critical care, emergency room and operating room. Patrick has lived in the United States for 39 years; with the past 29 years being in Columbia, SC. Patrick has been a member of the USC Faculty for the past 12 years and Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program for the past 9 years.

Patrick has introduced Personal Challenge into the Capstone Scholars Program as a direct result of his quest to successfully climb and summit the highest mountain on each continent. When he stood on top of Mt. Everest (May 24, 2007) he became the first nurse in the world to climb the 7 Summits of the World and joined, at that time, only 100 people in the world that had attained this lofty goal! Patrick is passionate about travel and adventure, and he and his wife Carol have backpacked throughout 75 countries during three year-long trips around the world. Patrick loves to mentor, open doors of opportunity and set students up to succeed!

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.