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All Carson-Newman 2017 nursing grads pass national exam at first sitting

Carson-Newman University undergraduate nursing majors earn a BSN degree that includes more than 900 hours of supervised clinical experience in a variety of healthcare facilities and settings.

(Oct. 5, 2017) – One hundred percent of Carson-Newman’s 2017 nursing graduates passed National Council Licensing Examinations (NCLEX) on their first attempt. The test, a mandatory examination for licensure as a registered nurse, is designed in part to assure the public of a nurse’s ability to provide quality care.

Nursing Department Chair Dr. Angie Wood says the unanimous success of Carson-Newman’s most recent class represents a multifaceted seal of approval.

For all of our 2017 graduates to pass on the first attempt speaks to the quality of our students, the C-N faculty and the University at large,” assessed Wood. “ From the beginning anatomy and physiology class to the final course in leadership, these nurses have received a quality education and it shows in the fact that all of them passed on the first attempt at licensure.”

Carson-Newman nursing students learn from professors who chose teaching as a way to ensure great nurses for future generations. Beyond academic rigor and Christian compassion, nursing majors graduate with more than 900 hours of clinical experience spread across a variety of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes and community health clinics. They focus on a cross-section of specialties, including emergency care, geriatric practice, obstetrics, pediatric medicine and surgical support.

“Our small clinical groups learn first hand from well prepared faculty who offer a wide range of clinical experience,” said Wood. “Plus, their sincere interest in the success of each student results in prepared graduates who are ready to demonstrate servant leadership to their patients and families.”

Those who graduate likewise testify to the program’s superiority.

“The nursing program at Carson-Newman did an excellent job at preparing me for my NCLEX,” praised Shelby Cupp, a vascular transplant nurse at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. “My professors were willing to go above and beyond to answer my questions and make sure that I was ready, not just to test, but to also take care of people from all walks of life.

“I’m so grateful for my education. I’m the nurse I am because Carson-Newman taught me more than just about illnesses and how to treat them. They taught me that the person in the hospital bed has a story and a family, and that my job is to make sure they receive the best care possible.”

For more information about C-N’s Nursing Department, call at 865-471-3425, or email:

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