Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Students in first cohort of BASE nursing program achieve 100 percent pass rate on professional licensure exam

OU-C nursing programs continue to make the grade.

Students of the first cohort of a forward-thinking nursing program at OU-C are making the grade with flying colors when it comes to career preparedness.

The 15 graduates of the first class of the BASE (Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing: Accelerated Direct Entry Second Degree Education) program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) exam.

Each graduate is now licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) and eligible to pursue a career in the field of nursing. The graduates have obtained employment in a variety of health-care settings, and five of the 15 graduates have been hired by Adena Regional Medical Center, the host site for much of the program.

“The 100 percent pass rate is a true testament to the strength of our program and the quality of our professors' instruction as they prepared the students for such a rigorous examination,” said Camille Leadingham, associate professor of nursing. “The quality of instruction, clinical experience, realistic practice opportunities and the way the students’ exams were written were a major contribution to the students’ success. We have quality instructors with years of experience and a passion for educating future nurses.”

Beyond classroom instruction, the students received practical training.

“Our partnership with Adena Regional Medical Center provided a virtual hospital and lab area where students could learn and practice skills. The clinical sites provided ample opportunity for students to care for a variety of patients,” Leadingham said.

The innovative program, which was launched in the fall of 2012, allows students who hold at least a bachelor's degree in various majors to pursue accelerated study toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) in as few as five semesters, spanning approximately two years.

The curriculum is based on the traditional BSN program, with course enhancements for accelerated study. The curriculum also allows for master’s degree coursework that can be transferred to any Master of Science in Nursing program.

Most classes were offered in the PACCAR Medical Education Center on the campus of the Adena Medical Center as well as some on the OU-C campus.

The current cohort is underway, and the students will graduate in December 2015.

The program is a result of a $750,000 grant that Ohio University secured from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a federal government agency, to support the launch of the BASE program.

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