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100% Pass Rate Achieved by King University Knoxville Nursing Program

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., October 13, 2015 – King University’s traditional Nursing program based out of the School’s Hardin Valley campus in Knoxville, Tenn., has reported a 100% pass rate on their NCLEX examinations. The Nursing students were the first graduating class from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program since it began in Knoxville in August of 2013

“We are so proud of our Nursing students,” says Stacey Rorie, DNP, assistant professor at King University’s School of Nursing. “The national average pass rate for the NCLEX is approximately 87%. To have a 100% pass rate is well above the national average.”

The NCLEX, or the National Council (of State Boards of Nursing) Licensure Examination, is the test all registered nurses must take in order to be licensed to practice nursing once they have received their degree in Nursing. Once nurses have taken and passed the NCLEX, they are then eligible to be licensed in any state, as well as in Canada.

“The training our nurses receive during their time with King is exceptional. With smaller cohort sizes, professors are able to provide individualized attention,” says Rorie. “King has also been able to place students into excellent clinical rotations with partners such as well-respected Covenant Health.

During their final semester in the nursing program, students were accepted to high-level capstone preceptorships including critical care rotations.

In addition to having a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX exam, 100% of the students in the cohort gained employment from their first choice employer including East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Forty-nine-year-old Darrel Hull is a father of four who served for 25 years in the Army, retiring recently at the rank of Captain. Upon retirement he chose to change career paths and came to King University to study to become a nurse. “I had spent an entire lifetime of giving and being a part of other people’s lives in different ways. After much prayer, God pointed me in the direction of [nursing]. It fit everything I’d ever done – being able to serve and help other people.”

Hull, along with one other student from his cohort, received an offer to work at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) before he even graduated from King with his BSN. “I feel so blessed. Through God’s leading and meticulous preparation by the professors at King University, this was made possible.”

“The progress made in the two years the traditional BSN program has been at King’s Knoxville campus is tremendous,” comments Rorie. “We anticipate the program to see substantial growth. We have already received requests from partners like Covenant Health to place more and more King students.

For more information on King University’s School of Nursing visit or contact the Knoxville campus at 865.690.5803, 800.362.0014, or


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