Academic Excellence at Barton Reflected in Nursing Pass Rates

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WILSON, N.C. — April 24, 2018 — Academic excellence in the Barton classroom is reflected in this semester’s published pass rates for the School of Nursing. The Barton College School of Nursing’s 2017 graduating class passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) with ninety-five (95) percent of its graduates successfully completing the NCLEX on their first administration of the exam, and remaining graduates passing the exam by February. Barton nursing graduates, with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees and NCLEX-RN licensure in-hand are highly sought after in regionally and nationally recognized medical facilities and graduate schools. One hundred percent of this past graduating class was employed upon licensure.

“The School of Nursing is thrilled with the 95% pass rate on their first attempt and the 100% total pass rate of this nursing class,” shared Dr. Sharon Sarvey, dean of the School of Nursing. “Our students work hard to achieve their goals, and our nursing faculty members are fully committed to the academic success of our students. Once students enroll in the School of Nursing, we are focused on guiding them through to a successful completion of the program, as well as passing the NCLEX-RN and becoming employed. ”

In addition to a highly structured curriculum in class, Barton nursing students complete a robust and varied clinical rotation during their junior and senior years. They also complete a demanding capstone clinical and synthesis class during the final semester. To further support the learning experience, the School of Nursing provides a number of resources to enhance the nursing students’ education at Barton, both in and out of the classroom and clinical settings. These resources, which include online sessions with faculty to prep for tests and access to a 24-hour online tutoring service through Smartthinking, help ensure the successful completion of the rigorous nursing program. Finally, nursing students participate in two on-site reviews provided by Barton’s School of Nursing to enhance their strong knowledge base and to acclimate them to the NCLEX testing preparation.

In addition to the B.S.N. undergraduate degree, Barton’s School of Nursing also provides an R.N. to B.S.N. degree that permits R.N.s to complete their B.S.N. degree fully online or through a hybrid mix of seated and online classes if preferred. For students’ convenience, Barton now offers a fully online option with admitting dates in May, August, and January. Additionally, there are two face-to-face teaching options. Students can attend class every other Tuesday at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, or every other Saturday at Barton College. Both face-to-face options begin May 29, 2018. The RN-BSN program is designed to be completed in one year. With any of Barton’s options, students receive individualized attention from faculty and develop relationships with the peers in their nursing class. 

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Barton is also offered as a hybrid with seated and online courses that prepare the B.S.N. practicing nurses for teaching or leadership in nursing and healthcare professions, as well as preparing them for continued academic progression in D.N.P. or Ph.D. programs across the country. Classes are predominately online with opportunities for face-to-face meetings twice a semester. This two-year program admits students every August. The GRE is not required.

As a nationally accredited program, Barton’s School of Nursing was pleased to host two review bodies this spring. The Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education visit to Barton was completed in February, and the Barton College School of Nursing was notified that all standards had been met, and there were no compliance concerns. Most recently, Barton’s School of Nursing hosted the North Carolina Board of Nursing’s visit on March 29, which was equally successful.

For additional information about the Barton College School of Nursing programs, visit www.barton.edu/nursing.

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