King University to resume admissions to nursing program

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King University announced Tuesday that the Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBON) has reinstated full approval status to its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, paving the way for admissions to resume for the fall 2018 semester.

TBON had placed the program on conditional approval status in February 2017 after King temporarily halted admissions in October 2016. After King met TBON's educational standards, which include an 85 percent first-time pass rate for BSN graduates taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), admissions were reinstated.

“We are gratified by the Tennessee Board of Nursing’s action today to restore full approval status for King’s BSN degree program,” King president Alexander Whitaker said. "This recognizes and validates the extraordinary work done by our nursing faculty and staff and King’s academic leadership to improve all aspects of the program with the aim of its being the best in the region. Such a turnaround in such a short amount of time is truly amazing, and the beneficiaries of this will be our students and those they will care for as they enter the nursing profession.”

TBON conducted an on-campus survey of the School of Nursing in fall 2017 and found no deficiencies.

“We are delighted to see that the practices observed throughout the School of Nursing resulted in a zero-deficiency report,” Matt Roberts, Ed.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of the University said . "We remain committed to providing a high-quality education that will help students achieve success in service to others and in their careers, and look forward to welcoming new students to the BSN this fall.”

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