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King University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Receives Full Approval Status From Tennessee Board of Nursing

School of NursingAdmissions to resume for fall 2018 semester

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 13, 2018 – King University announced today that the Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBON) has reinstated full approval status to its traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and admissions may resume for the fall 2018 semester.

The state regulatory board had placed the BSN program on conditional approval status in February 2017, a move that followed King’s own voluntary decision to temporarily halt admissions in October 2016. Admissions were reinstated following King’s successful achievement of meeting TBON’s educational program standards, which include an 85 percent first-time pass rate for BSN graduates taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

“We are gratified by the Tennessee Board of Nursing’s action today to restore full approval status for King’s BSN degree program,” said King President Alexander Whitaker.  "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.”

University leadership also shared the news that TBON conducted an on-campus survey of the School of Nursing in the fall of 2017 and found zero deficiencies.

“We are delighted to see that the practices observed throughout the School of Nursing resulted in a zero-deficiency report,” said Matt Roberts, Ed.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of the University. “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.”

The traditional BSN program was the only degree within King’s School of Nursing placed on conditional approval status. The other programs, which include the RN-to-BSN, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees continued to admit students. All degrees remain accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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