May 2018 graduates from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) program achieved the required pass rate for the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN). According to ASBN Rules and Regulations, Chapter Six, Standards for Nursing Programs, Section III, “the program shall maintain a minimum pass rate of 75% for the first-time examination candidates.”
The program graduated eight students in the May 2018 class. Six graduates (86%) have successfully passed the NCLEX-RN and are employed as Registered Nurses. Four of the graduates are employed locally at Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC).
Twenty-five students have been admitted to the fall 2018 cohort. The program has received 63 applications for the 24 available slots. The Nursing Department is also undergoing a $240,000 renovation of the simulation/skills laboratory and expansion of the nursing computer lab. The renovation project is being paid by funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Institutional Services Program, Title III Part B Strengthening Historically Black Colleges & Universities Program or Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA).