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ETBU recognized as the sixth-ranked Registered Nurse program in Texas

April 24, 2019

East Texas Baptist University has been recognized by the Annual Registered Nurse (RN) Program State Rankings as the sixth-ranked RN Program in Texas out of 119 programs evaluated and 50 ranked. Since 2015, ETBU nurses have achieved 100 percent pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and received job offers within three months of degree completion.

“We are excited to be ranked once again within the Top 10 Schools of Nursing (#6) in the state of Texas,” ETBU Dean of the School of Nursing Rebekah Grigsby said. “This honor reflects on the dedication and commitment of our students and faculty to pursue excellence in nursing. We continue our mission to educate nurses, who will leave the University prepared to deliver holistic, Christ-centered nursing care.  Congratulations to our Texas sister schools of nursing, who join our efforts to positively impact health care through quality nursing practice.”

The RN Program State Rankings were measured by analyzing the current and historical NCLEX-RN pass rates, referring to the percentage of graduates who pass the exam. Programs reviewed include schools that offer an Associate in Nursing, BSN, or Direct-Entry MSN Degree.

“What a wonderful achievement for our students, faculty, and staff,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders said. “I recognize that much of this evaluation is based on the fact that over the past four years, 100 percent of our students passed the NCLEX. Although ETBU is the only school in Texas to do that the past four years in a row, there is much more going on in our classes and clinical settings. Students are being engaged daily in the practice of the integration of faith in learning and care in the healing name of Christ.”

Since the program’s inception in 1992, more than 440 nurses have graduated from ETBU. Over 165 students have declared Nursing as their major for the Spring 2019 semester, 12 percent of the total student population. With this continued growth and expansion of the new RN to BSN program, the ETBU School of Nursing is relocating to the historic Marshall Grand in downtown Marshall this spring. The renovation will allow the University to educate additional nurses to help meet the growing need for health care professionals throughout the region.

“We will soon open our new, state-of-the-art, 21st century health care skills and professional training center in the iconic Marshall Grand in the city’s historic downtown district,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn. “These enhanced facilities and equipment will further advance the remarkable Christian scholarly work of our faculty, which has resulted in equipping competent and compassionate nurses and in building one of the most outstanding nursing programs in the state.”

For more information and a full list of the 2019 Best RN Programs in Texas, visit