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BSC Associate Degree Nursing Program/Beckley Campus Approved to Expand, Accept 10 Additional Students

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    Thursday, October 18 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

(Bluefield)—The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses formally approved expansion of the Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing program to accept ten additional students at the program's Beckley campus. The expansion of the program was approved at the October 18, 2012 meeting of the Board.

"We are excited about the opportunity to expand our program in Raleigh County," noted Angela Lambert, Dean of the BSC School of Nursing and Allied Health. "The Board's action will permit us to address the shortage of qualified nursing education opportunities in the greater Raleigh County region. Lambert noted that BSC's 2012 Associate Degree Nursing graduates from the Raleigh county campus achieved a 96.8% passage rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.

Due to the current and projected shortage of RN's into 2020 BSC intends to be a driving force in filling this need," according to Lambert. "The ability to educate future nurses will assist in providing qualified professionals to meet the healthcare needs of southern WV. BSC is proud of their current clinical affiliations in Raleigh County and looks forward to expansion of these relationships," she stated.

BSC is currently in the process of taking applications for the associate degree nursing program on both the Beckley and Bluefield campuses. The application deadline for students seeking to enter the 2013 BSC Associate Degree Nursing program is December 15, 2012. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the college admission office.

The Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing Program, Beckley & Bluefield Campuses, is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and West Virginia Board of Professional Registered Nurses.