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ETBU nursing program ranked within top 10 in state

By Bridget Ortigo
Feb. 14, 2018 at 4 a.m.

East Texas Baptist University's entry is pictured.

An East Texas university has been named among the top in the state for its nursing program, according to online ranking site RegisteredNursing.org.

East Texas Baptist University in Marshall was ranked eighth in the state for its nursing program, out of 50 schools listed on the site's annual top nursing programs list.

The full rankings can be viewed at www.registerednursing.org/state/texas/#rankings.

"We have ranked the top 50 nursing schools in Texas by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse) 'pass rates,' meaning the percentage of graduates who pass the exam, out of the 114 registered nursing programs in the state," the site's Outreach Coordinator Sally Worthington said in a press release on Tuesday.

"Programs reviewed include schools that offer an associate in nursing (ADN/ASN), bachelor's in nursing (BSN), or direct-entry master's in nursing (MSN) degree."

ETBU nursing students have posted 100 percent pass rates on the NCLEX and all of the university's nursing graduates within the last three years have received job offers after graduation, according to the university.

"Five years ago we began to reconstruct our nursing program with one goal in mind: to honor Christ by producing excellent BSN gradates," ETBU Provost Tommy Sanders said on Tuesday. "Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to prepare our students for service and this is just one indicator of our ongoing progress. We are honored to be ranked among these great schools in Texas."

ETBU is currently renovating the donated Marshall Grand building in downtown Marshall to house its nursing program through a fundraising campaign.

"The recognition could not have come at a more opportune time," ETBU President Blair Blackburn said in a statement on Wednesday. "As we start a new chapter of our nursing program that was established in the 1990s by relocating to the Marshall Grand, ETBU is dedicated to a level of excellence that glorifies Christ. It is an honor to be the highest-ranked program in the East Texas region and in the top 10 programs in the state of Texas, and we appreciate every individual that has contributed to producing quality nurses that deserve recognition for not only their academic success, but their sincere care for people and their patients."

The university recently announced it has reached its $2.3 million fundraising goal for the nursing program relocation to the Marshall Grand.

Construction is set to start this summer with students in the building by the spring semester of 2019, university officials said.

For more information on the methodology behind the rankings, visit www.registerednursing.org/rn-ranking-methodology.

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