HIGH POINT — A woman with 22 years of experience as a nurse educator, including experience at the graduate degree level, will help lead High Point University’s work to establish a nursing program.

Racquel Ingram has joined HPU’s Congdon School of Health Sciences as founding chair and assistant professor for the Department of Nursing, the university announced Tuesday.

“I am excited about joining such an extraordinary institution and honored to have the opportunity to develop a … (bachelor of science in nursing) pre-licensure program that will enlighten, challenge and prepare future nursing graduates as stellar leaders and managers of care,” Ingram said in a press release.

Ingram will work with Daniel Erb, senior vice president of academic affairs, and Kevin Ford, interim dean for HPU’s Congdon School of Health Sciences, to lay the groundwork for a nursing curriculum.

Ingram is an Amy V. Cockcroft Nurse Fellow in Nursing Leadership and brings 24 years of nursing experience, 22 years as a nurse educator with expertise in nursing curriculum and program development, and 18 years of nursing leadership. Ingram is a member of the North Carolina Board of Nursing, serving as an RN nurse educator at the bachelor’s and graduate degree levels, where she participates in the regulation of nursing practice, policy implementation and the oversight of board-related activities.

The proposed nursing program will join several health care education programs in the Congdon School of Health Sciences, including physical therapy, athletic training and physician assistant studies, and pharmacy.

Additional health care programs are being explored as HPU continues its growth.