Shannon Matthews, Director of Nursing

Welcome to the Methodist University School of Health Sciences Department of Nursing web page. I, along with the Nursing faculty and staff, are excited that you are considering or have chosen Methodist to begin your career in the field of Nursing!

The Traditional BSN pre-licensure program prepares graduates as nurse generalists to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Passing this exam leads to licensure as a Registered Nurse and begins the graduate’s journey in the rewarding field of professional nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Methodist University was established in August 2010 and graduated the first class of students May 2014.

Our program will prepare you for a wide variety of roles in the nursing profession as well as for graduate studies when you choose to advance your career. Nurses are integral partners in the health care team and you will play a major role in transforming the delivery of health care. Our program of nursing strives to attract students who genuinely view nursing as a passion and exhibit the desire to fulfill the holistic needs of the patient and community they serve.

Please feel free to explore our web page and discover more about what Methodist University Nursing can help you achieve. The faculty and I are here to assist you to succeed with your goals and we look forward to having you as a student!


Shannon Matthews, DNP, RN, CHSE
Director, Nursing Program

Nursing Program Information

Nursing Student Handbook (2018-19)   Traditional Nursing Pre-Licensure Program Brochure
Nursing Student Handbook (2018-19)   BSN Pre-Licensure Program Brochure

Public Notice of CCNE Re-Accreditation Visit
Invitation for Third Party Comments

Hear from a Recent Graduate

Program Faculty & Staff

Bradley Accipiter, Simulation Lab Technician

Bradley Accipiter

Simulation Lab Technician
(910) 480-8425
Mitzi Averette, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Mitzi Averette, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

Assistant Professor of Nursing
(910) 630-7591
Cheryl Bearringer, Associate Professor of Nursing

Cheryl Bearringer, DNP, RN, ANP-C, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing
(910) 480-8449
Jennifer Caviness, Office Manager/Admissions, Nursing Program

Jennifer Caviness

Office Manager / Admissions, Nursing Program
(910) 630-7578
Jennifer Danks, Instructor of Nursing

Jennifer Danks, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing
(910) 480-8448
Cheryl Dodson, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Cheryl Dodson, DNP, MBA, RN, CCM

Assistant Professor of Nursing
(910) 480-8464
Nancy Grimes, Administrative Assistant, Nursing

Nancy Grimes

Administrative Assistant, Nursing
(910) 480-8428
Jarold "Tom" Johnston, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Tom Johnston, MSN, RN, APRN, CNM, IBCLC

Assistant Professor of Nursing
(910) 480-8423
Dr. Shannon Matthews, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Department Chair

Shannon Matthews, DNP, RN

Chair, Nursing
(910) 480-8479
Jake Terry, Jr., Assistant Professor of Nursing

Jake Terry, Jr., MSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing; Clinical Coordinator
(910) 480-8403

"12 Women Twelve Voices" Art Exhibition Opening Reception

12 Women Twelve Voices

This art exhibition features the work of regional artists:

  • Valerie Beck, glass
  • Katie Bernstein...

Foreign Film Series presents “Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside)”

The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.