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B-CU School of Nursing Receives Continuing Accreditation from ACEN

NCLEX Pass Rates Have Increased from 59% to 81% Over Past Two Years
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Bethune-Cookman University’s School of Nursing is in good standing with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and was granted continuing accreditation through academic year 2021.  The school has shown great progress with an improved curriculum and a rise in NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) passing rates.  The university’s NCLEX passing rate increased from 59% in 2014 to 66% in 2015; and currently boasts an 81% passing rate for 2016.  The program, which received its initial accreditation in 1996, has approximately 100 full-time students and graduates an average of 30 students per year. 

The School of Nursing has experienced some changes to its leadership as well as its curriculum.  Dr. Sandra Tucker joined the university as the Dean of the School of Nursing in July 2014.  She is determined to return the School of Nursing to the stellar program that it is known for.  “The nursing curriculum has undergone tremendous revision to meet university and School of Nursing learning outcomes. The curriculum will continue to be regularly assessed for rigor and evidence-based, with change commensurate with best practices in nursing education,” said Dean Tucker.  “We are very happy to witness this growth within our program and students.  We want our future nurses to be the best in their field.” 

Currently, students complete general education and pre-requisite course requirements for admission into the nursing program.  After completing these courses, students are required to take a standardized pre-admission exam:  Test of Essential Academic Skills or TEAS.  Students meeting TEAS test and GPA benchmarks are admitted in the professional component of the nursing curriculum.   The School of Nursing will welcome 50 new students this fall.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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