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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



Doctor of Nursing Practice – University of South Carolina, 2018
Master of Science in Nursing – University of South Carolina, 2014
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – University of South Carolina, 2011
Bachelor of Science – Winthrop University, 2008


Dr. Pate has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses including pre-nursing courses, Nursing Informatics, Health Assessment, Nursing Fundamentals, Medical-Surgical, Evidence-Based Practice, Capstone, Nursing Theory, and Acute Health Problems for the Family Nurse Practitioner. 


College Health
Rural Health Disparities
Community Health in the Underserved Populations


Catledge, C., Pate, L., Scott, A., Vereen, G., Ribar, A., & Dawson, R. (2023, June). Evaluation of a single challenge dose of Hepatitis B for meeting immunity requirements in health science students. Association of Community Health Nurse Educators & Association of Public Health Nurses Conference. San Diego, CA. 

Pate, L., Dawson, R., Deupree, J., Mitchell, S., & Catledge, C. (2022, November). A systematic approach to developing NP-led student health services clinic on a regional university campus. Nursing Forum. 

Dawson, R., Catledge, C., Scott, A., Pate, L., & Vereen, G. (2022, November). Hepatitis B immunity among undergraduate nursing students: A brief report.  Public Health Nursing. 

Catledge, C., Scott, A., & Pate, L. (2022). Hepatitis B Requirements for BSN Students. USCL Research and Productive Scholarship Grant. $10, 708.00.

Bowers, T., Gibbs, S., Scott, A., Pate, L., & Creed, J. (2022, October). The great escape: Using unfolding case studies and NGN-style questions to breakout from a virtual escape room. Presented at the 2022 South Carolina Nurses Association Virtual State Convention. 

Dawson, R., Scott, A., Pate, L., & Catledge, C. (2022, July). Hepatitis b immunity among undergraduate nursing students: Documentation and alignment with best practices. Presented at Sigma Theta Tau 33rd International Nursing Research Congress. Edinburgh, Scotland. Podium Presentation.

Pate, L. (2022, July). MUSC eConsult Virtual Webinar: eConsult Provider Panel Participant. Charleston, SC.

Scott, G., Pate, L., Creed, J., Gibbs, S., & Bowers, T. (2022, July). Ready. Set. Game. Using unfolding case studies and NGN style questions to breakout from a virtual escape room. South Carolina Nursing Education Simulation Alliance Conference. Greenville, SC.

Creed, J., Dawson, R., Pate, L., Gibbs, S., Scott, A., Bowers, T. (2022, February). Innovative strategies to enhance DNP and PhD faculty collaboration. Sigma Theta Tau International Creating Healthy Work Environments 2023. 

Bowers, T., Gibbs, S., Scott, A., Pate, L., & Creed, J. (2022, January). The great escape: Breakout from a virtual escape room. Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 

Scott, A., Cone, A., Creed, J., Custer, S., Davis, V. Gibbs, S., Harris, E. H., Jackson, J. R., Pate, L., & Vick, L. (2021). Rapid transition to online learning for baccalaureate students: Teamwork during a pandemic. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(7): 397-399. doi:10.3928/01484834-20210616-07. 

Creed, J., Scott, A., Pate, L., Cone, A., Davis, V., Gibbs, S., Vick, L., Harris, E., Custer, S., Miles, H., & Jackson, J. (2021). Leadership in academia during a pandemic. Virtual oral presentation at Sigma Theta Tau International Creating Healthy Work Environments. Austin, Texas.  Presented in February 2021.  

Miller, T., Scott, A., Pate, L., & Davis, A. (2021). Simulated medication competency for pre-licensure nursing students. Hosted by Discover UofSC 2021. Columbia, South Carolina. April 2021.

Creed, J., Pate, L., & Scott, A. (2021). Innovation in Education: Virtual Simulation to the Rescue! National League for Nursing Education Summit: Leading and Teaching Beyond Resilience.  Washington, D.C. Poster presentation.  September 21, 2021.

Pate, L. & Thomas, L. (2021). Partnerships to Increase Access to Care. Upper Midlands Rural Health Network. 2021 School Health Workshop. Lancaster, SC. October 2021.

Pate, L., Creed, J., & Scott, A.  (2021).  Teen pregnancy in South Carolina: Changing the future now.  Podium presentation at Sigma Theta Tau International 46th Biennial Convention. Indianapolis, Indiana. November 8, 2021.

Pate, L. (PI) (2021). The Hubb DHEC Satellite Clinic. PREP- State Personal Responsibility Education Program Grant.  $50,959.12.

Pate, L., Dawson, R., Mitchell, S., & Catledge, C. (2018). Feasibility and Acceptability of Nurse Practitioner-Led Student Health Services on a Regional Campus. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. 

Catledge, C., Scott, A., & Pate, L. (2015). Simulation-Medication Dispensing Cabinet. The Herbert and Anna Lutz Foundation. $25,000.  

Professional Service 

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Association
Rural Nurse Organization
Sigma International Honor Society of Nursing- Alpha Xi Chapter

Professional Practice 

Dr. Pate has experience working as a Family Nurse Practitioner with underserved patient populations, school-based health centers, telehealth, and primary care. She also has clinical experience in critical care, psychiatry, pediatrics, and hospice. 

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.