State Board Approves FHU Nursing Program

AUGUST 22, 2013

The Tennessee Board of Nursing gave full approval to Freed-Hardeman University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program Aug. 22 in Nashville.

“This approval demonstrates that we have met all criteria to have the BSN program,” Dr. Chris White, chairman of the FHU Department of Nursing, said. “Current and potential students can be confident that we are delivering a quality program that will prepare them for success on the national licensure exam, as well as success in the nursing profession.”

To meet the requirements for full approval, the university had a site visit from the Board of Nursing in March, graduated its first cohort of traditional BSN students in May, and had an acceptable first-time pass rate on the national Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). FHU students exceeded the minimum 85 percent pass rate by having a 100 percent pass rate. The university then sought full approval, hoping to achieve it by November. However, the state board invited the university to appear in August. “We were very happy to do that,” White said.

Dr. C.J. Vires, vice president of academics and enrollment management, and Dr. LeAnn Davis, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, represented the university at the meeting.

The nursing program at Freed-Hardeman is fast becoming one of the university’s most popular programs, Vires, said. Currently, 115 students are enrolled in nursing and pre-nursing programs. Last fall, the department moved into newly renovated quarters in Associates’ Science Building.