ASU nursing program on conditional approval
The Georgia State Board of Nursing confirmed on Friday that Albany State University's Bachelors of Science Nursing program is now on conditional approval.
This comes after the program failed to average at least an 80 percent passing rate over the past four years for first-time NCLEX-RN test takers.
This exam is required for nurses to be licensed.
ASU’s average pass rate between 2013-2016 is at 76.89 percent.
Candace Boce, Press Secretary for the Secretary of State’s Office, said conditional approval means the school is now required to come up with a corrective plan of action and will have more supervision from the board.
In a statement released on Friday, ASU said it has reviews the program's curriculum and implemented the following things in order to improve success:
- Self-paced five week review course from the National Council of the State Board of Nursing
- Increased computerized testing based on the NCLEX-RN blue print
- live NCLEX preparatory course
The Georgia State Board of Nursing will review the conditional status of the BSN program after reviewing the 2017 NCLEX test scores and a board representative does an on-site campus visit.
The full statement from ASU is below:
All of the master's, bachelor's and associate's nursing degree programs at Albany State University are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). In addition, the undergraduate nursing programs are approved by the Georgia State Board of Nursing. Currently, there are six nursing degrees offered at Albany State.
The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is currently on conditional approval from the Georgia State Board of Nursing. The program was placed on conditional approval when the four-year average pass rate for the NCLEX-RN, the required licensing exam following the receipt of a nursing degree, fell below 80 percent. The 2013-2016 average pass rate for the traditional nursing BSN is 76.89 percent.
ASU completed a thorough review of the nursing program curriculum and policies and implemented an action plan to improve first attempt pass rates on the NCLEX-RN examination. The following initiatives were implemented: 1) a self-paced five week review course from the National Council of the State Board of Nursing, 2) increased computerized testing based on the NCLEX-RN blue print, and 3) a live NCLEX preparatory course.
The Georgia State Board of Nursing will review the conditional status of the BSN program after reviewing the 2017 exam results and a campus visit by a board representative.