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Leigh Pate, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Title: Interim Director, USCL BSN Collaborative Program
Associate Professor
Department: Nursing
USC Lancaster
Phone: 803-313-7439
Fax: 803-313-7106
Office: Hubbard Hall 221
Office Hours: Varied and by appointment
Resources: Please visit the University of South Carolina College of Nursing's homepage to learn more about our program.
Leigh Pate, Clinical Assistant Professor


I am a native of Heath Springs, SC. I received my first bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University in Healthcare Management. I then earned my bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from USC.   

My clinical background includes critical care, psychiatry, pediatrics, hospice, telehealth, school-based health centers, acute care, and primary care. Each area has allowed me to grow as a practitioner while serving many unique patient populations. I currently practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in primary care for indigent patients as well as care for students enrolled in school-based health centers.   

I’ve taught numerous courses for the College of Nursing, including pre-nursing, informatics, health assessment, fundamentals, medical-surgical, evidence-based practice, senior capstone, multiple clinical experiences, graduate nursing theory, and acute health problems for FNP students. I enjoy being involved with the Lancaster cohort of the BSN program while teaching Columbia campus students.  

I am a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National League of Nursing, American Nurses Association, South Carolina Nurses Association, Rural Nurse Organization, and Sigma Theta Tau- Alpha Xi chapter. 

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