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The New Jersey Board of Nursing has granted the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions at Thomas Edison State University (TESU) reaccreditation for its Accelerated BSN program for the next eight years.
“The reaccreditation substantiates the quality, integrity and rigor of our Accelerated BSN Program,” Dr. Cynthia Baum, provost and senior vice president at TESU, said in a press release. “It also denotes a vital benchmark for the program and we are proud of the school’s staff for this achievement. We look forward to our continuing role in the advancement of nursing education in the state and supporting the collective health and well-being in our community.”
The Accelerated BSN Program’s recent National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) first-time pass rates are a validation of the school’s ongoing effectiveness in preparing pre-licensure nurses for the exam. According to data in the New Jersey Board of Nursing’s recently published 2022 NCLEX-RN Program Report on fourth-quarter first-time pass rates, the average first-time pass rate for TESU’s Accelerated BSN Program students is 90 percent (pg. 54). According to Dr. Lia van Rijswijk, chief nursing administrator of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions, the average first-time pass rate across all graduating cohorts since the program’s inception in 2010 is 94 percent.
“Our staff works diligently with our pre-licensure nursing students to prepare them to provide optimal care for patients in a variety of healthcare settings, pass the NCLEX-RN exam and be ready to start a productive and rewarding career in the field of nursing,” said Dr. Lia van Rijswijk, chief nursing administrator of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions. “While earning their Bachelor of Science in Nursing, they also earn 9 graduate-level nursing credits. As a consequence, many of our BSN graduates use those credits to jumpstart their Master of Science in Nursing studies and advance their careers.”
To learn more about the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions, visit tesu.edu/nursing.
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