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Fayetteville State starts improved nursing program

Posted May 25, 2011

— Fayetteville State University has received state approval to begin a new four-year bachelor's program in nursing.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday the nursing program will begin in the fall, replacing a previous nursing program shut down two years ago.

FSU Chancellor James Anderson suspended the original bachelor's program because of falling student test scores and other problems in the department.

The North Carolina Board of Nursing approved the new program last week.

"This action by the Board of Nursing signifies that they saw the effort and hard work that went into making our nursing program one of which we all can be proud," Anderson said in a statement. "We firmly believe that we have the right tools and the right people in place to ensure continued viability of this needed and valuable resource.”

Anderson says the nursing school will re-open with an increased emphasis on skills development and academic needs of students.

School officials say more than 90 percent of their nursing students who took national licensing exams since 2009 made passing grades.

In addition to the generic nursing degree, FSU will continue its registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which began in 1992. The program offers nurses with an associate’s degree a path to a baccalaureate education.


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  • outback1967 May 26, 2011

    I would not let anyone who graduates from that university touch me!!!!

  • superman May 25, 2011

    Passing rate for ECU, Duke and UNC is probably well over 90%. They probably get mostly people directly from high school and not adults who have been out of school for a long period of time. Also the young college students probably had planned for the nursing program whereas older adults made their decision years after graduating from high school. The community college has an "open door" policy and they will acccept anyone. 85% passing rate for Barton's is not a glowing compliment. That means 15% has done all the course work and passed it and still cant pass the state test. Barton's also probably takes anyone who has the cash.

  • superman May 25, 2011

    The problem there as well as all over the state is the fact that adults want to get into nursing after they have been out of school for a couple years. For any degree program students must have a proper high school transcript taking certain courses just like if you were going to enroll in a college which includes algebra and chemistry. Most adults could not pass a 5th grade math test-which includes fractions, decimal and percents! When a person is out of school for any length of time their reading skill also suffers. Reading a novel and reading a textbook looking for important facts and information is so different that just reading for the fun of it. Their writing skill also suffers. If you read the posting he is saying the same thing. "the nursing school will re-open with an increased emphasis on skills development and academic needs of students". A proper high school transcript and an entrance exam should be mandatory. You cant make a silk purse out of a sows ear!

  • cwood3 May 25, 2011

    The NC Board of Nursing would not allow this school to resume the Nursing Program with out vast improvements. Things had to improve-the pass rate for State Boards was under 50%. Example-Barton's is about 85%! Do not know for ECU, Duke, or UNC!

  • FromClayton May 25, 2011

    scary! There was a reason they shut that program down. I really hope they have made the improvments they say they have and are not just looking for a new revenu source in this tough time for universities. One of those nurses might be taking care of me one day and I want them to know what they are doing!


  • futinam May 25, 2011

    I am glad for them.