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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

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

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Professional Nursing Practice
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-313-7439
Fax: 803-313-7106

College of Nursing 
University of South Carolina - Lancaster
476 Hubbard Drive
Lancaster SC 29720

United States



Dr. Pate received her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Winthrop University in 2008.  She then completed her BSN in 2011, her MSN in 2014, and her DNP in 2018 from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.


Dr. Pate’s area of teaching is the undergraduate curriculum focusing on the BSN curriculum. She teaches Nursing Evolution, Health Assessment, Foundations of Nursing, Med/Surg, and Capstone courses and clinicals. 


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Pate, L., Catledge, C., Scott, A.  “Debriefing for meaningful learning:  Expanded across student interactions.”  Winthrop 3rd Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning.  February 2016.  Rock Hill, SC.

Pate, L., Catledge, C, and Scott, A.  “Debriefing for meaningful learning:  Expanded across student and faculty interactions.”  Johnson and Wales University Faculty Development Day.  April 2016.  Charlotte, NC.

Scott, A., Catledge, C. and Pate, L. “Simulation 101.” University of South Carolina Lancaster.  October 2015.  Lancaster, SC.

Catledge, C., Scott, A. and Pate, L. “USC College of Nursing and USCL Cooperative BSN Program: BSN nursing overview with focus on simulation.”  Lancaster Rotary Lunch Club. April 2016.  Lancaster, SC. 

Professional Service 

Dr. Pate is a member of various professional associations including Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Xi, American Nurses Association, and SC Nurses Association.  

Professional Practice 

Dr. Pate has practiced in various health care organizations including Piedmont Medical Center, The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, Riverview Medical Center Urgent Care, New Hope Treatment Center, Agape Hospice, and various commercial health insurance companies. 

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