With several new computer-aided instruction programs and CD-ROMs in the computer lab, students at Bluefield State College's Beckley Campus have the opportunity to participate in enhanced learning with enhanced visual aids.
"The addition of these programs means our students can view a more accurate 3-dimensional simulation of actual nursing assessment and procedures," noted Debra Vest, BSC Beckley Campus nursing instructor. The computer lab is utilized by BSC A.S. nursing and radiologic technology students, in addition to students taking technical writing and software applications classes, as well as participants in BSC's Veterans Upward Bound program.
"Students in our nursing program can share the same interactive instructional CD-ROM, but proceed at their individual pace," Vest explained. "It is truly self-paced learning."
The installation of the new computer programs for instruction in nursing augments the BSC A.S. nursing program, whose 1996 graduates achieved the highest Registered Nurses (RN) licensure passage rate of any nursing program in West Virginia. Data released by the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses showed BSC 1996 A.S. Nursing grads taking the examination for the first time (10/1/95-9/30/96) achieved a 95.45% passage rate, best among the 19 nursing programs in West Virginia.
BSC students taking the national registry examination in radiography when it was administered in July achieved a 100% passage rate. Twenty-two BSC rad. tech. students passed the certification examination in radiography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, providing licensure for the graduate to practice as a registered radiographer.