Charleston Southern University will dedicate the expansion to its nursing program building at 9 a.m. Friday at the North Charleston campus.

Officials called the renovation of Derry Patterson Wingo Hall and the more than 16,000-square-foot expansion as essential to accommodating growth in the College of Nursing and Allied Health.

The program’s growth is driven by several factors: tripling enrollment to 120 by 2014, additional faculty, new simulation technology for training, increased enrollment in the health promotion degree program, added online degrees, inclusion of a master of science in nursing for nurse educators, an RN-to-BSN option and the move of the athletic training and kinesiology programs into the College of Nursing and Allied Health.

“At CSU, nursing students are led by qualified, Christian faculty in a small-class setting,” said Tara Hulsey, College of Nursing and Allied Health dean.

The private Christian college’s nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the largest and oldest accrediting agency for nursing, and is a member of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.