Nursing Program Given Full Approval

Bethel University’s nursing program has been given full approval to operate, a major step for young nursing programs, according to Mary Bess Griffith, Bethel’s program director.
     “Many new programs are given conditional approval to allow them time to meet all state requirements for full approval,” Griffith said. “That was where we have been for the past couple of years.”
According to Griffith, the full approval is a major milestone which reflects that the Bethel program has met all state requirements for nursing programs. This accomplishment is one about which Bethel should be proud.
     “Full approval says so much about our faculty and staff and our students,” she said. “They have all worked very hard to make this moment possible.”
Bethel University representatives learned of the news of the full approval during a visit to the State of Tennessee Board of Nursing Meeting at the end of September.
     “The state board was very complimentary of our staff and students and of what we have accomplished,” Griffith said.
Another recent accomplishment for the Bethel University nursing program was news that its May 2009 class had accomplished a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). The NCLEX is the exam that all nursing graduates across the nation must pass to be licensed as a registered nurse.
     “The national pass rate is 89 percent,” Griffith said. “So, Bethel’s 100 percent pass rate says a lot about the caliber of our program. We’re very proud about this accomplishment.”
     Bethel’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program prepares graduates for entry-level professional nurse positions in primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. It also prepares graduates for advancement to a graduate degree program in nursing. Bethel’s nursing program provides nursing coursework within a Christian environment.
Those interested in learning more about Bethel’s nursing program can call 731-352-6757 or they can call Bethel’s Office of Admission at 731-352-4030.