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Fayetteville State starts improved nursing program

Posted May 25, 2011 7:52 a.m. EDT
Updated May 25, 2011 10:13 a.m. EDT

— 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.