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NC State Board of Nursing grants full approval to Pfeiffer's BSN program

nursing apps.psdThe North Carolina State Board of Nursing (NCBON) has voted to grant full approval to Pfeiffer University's bachelor of science in nursing program, finding the program to be in compliance with all NCBON standards and regulations.

Program approval, an essential part of licensure, is defined as official recognition of nursing programs that meet standards of approval established by boards of nursing. This acknowledgment is necessary for nursing students to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which they must pass to receive a nursing license. Earlier this month, Pfeiffer's first nursing students graduated with BSN degrees; eligibility to take the NCLEX verifies that they are competent to safely practice nursing.  

“The approval provides evidence of all the hard work of our nursing faculty and staff over the past several years,” said Dr. Dianne Y. Daniels, director, department of nursing  and associate professor. “Our efforts for our students are coming to full fruition.”

The program received initial approval from the Raleigh-based regulatory body in 2009 upon completion of the required application. Program accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing, is pending, with a decision expected in October 2013.

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