BSN Program Among Top 22 in U.S.


Bethel’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is among 22 of 704 BSN programs in the U.S. to have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) among those who took the examination from April through September 2013, according to a report released recently by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

     According to Mary Bess Griffith, Director of the Nursing program at Bethel, the report documented Bethel’s nursing program outcomes on NCLEX compared to all programs in the United States during April through September 2013.

     “Not only are we one of only 22 BSN programs to achieve the 100 percent pass rate, we are also one of only two programs in Tennessee to have accomplished this, and we are among 67 of the 1,844 nursing programs across the U.S. to have achieved 100 percent,” Griffith said. “To me, this is quite extraordinary because the 2013 NCLEX was based on a new test plan implemented in January 2013 with passing standards that were raised even higher than previously. Our 100 percent pass rate is really a laudable achievement for our nursing faculty, our students and all faculty who taught our students in core curriculum classes at Bethel.”

     Griffith said that in the NCSBN report Bethel is classified as a Number 1 Rank Nursing Program (along with 67 other programs that achieved the 100 percent) in the U.S.

     "We are so proud of our Nursing Faculty, staff and former and current students,” said Bethel Interim President Walter Butler. “Our program continues to make tremendous strides and, more importantly, we are sending very qualified nursing graduates out into the health care fields."

      Bethel University offers undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program prepares its graduates for entry level Registered Nurse positions in primary, secondary, and tertiary health care settings and for entry into graduate studies which lead to advanced degrees in nursing.

     Bethel University also offers associate degree RN’s an online RN-BSN program that accomplishes the same outcomes as the on-site BSN program.

     “The RN-BSN is designed for Registered Nurses (RNs) who have attained an associate degree or diploma in nursing,” Griffith said. “Students can pursue their BSN degree with online courses as well as clinical requirements in their local area facilities without giving up their present job or without spending time away from home. This also includes access to online instructional resources, online tutoring, and general education courses are also offered online.”

     For more information about Bethel University’s Nursing program contact Kim Hammonds at 731-514-1410 or at