MARSHALL, Texas (10/11/11)- Graduates of the Department of Nursing at East Texas Baptist University have once again obtained a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) examination. Out of the 29 baccalaureate nursing programs in Texas, ETBU was the only BSN program to have a 100% pass rate for the 2010 examination year. ETBU nursing graduates have demonstrated their excellence by obtaining a 100% pass rate on the national entry exam for four consecutive graduating classes.
“A 100% pass rate for four consecutive cohorts of students is a remarkable accomplishment for the students and faculty of ETBU Nursing. The commitment of the faculty and the determination of the students are reflected in this achievement,” said Dr. Ellen Fineout-Overholt, ETBU Dean of the Groner School of Professional Studies and Chair of Nursing.
“Our students view their studies and their careers in nursing as a calling. They are dedicated to excellence in their approach to care and the outcomes they achieve,” added Dr. Fineout-Overholt.
Registered Nurses (RN) are licensed professionals who must meet several requirements prior to receiving their license. Nursing graduates cannot work as RNs without passing the NCLEX-RN.
Prospective students who wish to become RNs can either choose an associate degree program or baccalaureate program like the one at ETBU. Out of the 92 RN programs in the state of Texas in 2010, ETBU nursing was one of five programs with a 100% pass rate on NCLEX-RN.
ETBU Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sherilyn Emberton said, “The success of professional programs depends on the ability of program graduates to successfully obtain licensure. East Texas Baptist University is blessed to have a program to offer our students that delivers such quality academic training demonstrated by continued perfect scoring on the national exam.”
“It is very evident from the sustained level of excellence of our graduates that the ETBU Nursing Program is among the very best in the State of Texas. This is a testament to the hard work of our students, faculty, staff, and partners in clinical settings,” added Dr. Dub Oliver, President of ETBU.
In 2012, as ETBU celebrates its Centennial, the Nursing Department will celebrate its 20th anniversary. ETBU Nursing is a nationally accredited program that is dedicated to ensuring a mentored experience for students who are called to be professional nurses. The faculty and staff of ETBU Nursing are intentional about providing spiritual, personal, and professional development of every student they mentor.
Dr. Fineout-Overholt concluded by saying, “We are very proud of our students and know they will continue to represent ETBU Nursing well as they intentionally transform lives throughout their careers as professional nurses.”