UAPB nursing program closes in on accreditation – News – Pine Bluff Commercial

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Department of Nursing has been granted full approval by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing for its pre-licensure program, the final step before accreditation. The approval extends through 2020. These developments come four years after UAPB lost its two nursing programs when the state revoked the licenses in June 2013 because of several chronic problems, including curriculum, materials and student pass rates on mandatory tests.

The UAPB Nursing Department received approval in 2015 from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing to begin offering a bachelor of science in nursing degree, along with an RN-to-BSN program, which allowed those who are already nurses a chance to receive a bachelors degree in the field. UAPB Chancellor Laurence Alexander hailed the administration, faculty and staff for positioning the university for success in its nursing program.

“We had to begin this program literally from scratch,” Alexander, who has a doctorate degree, said. “We were fortunate to hire Diann Williams as chair of the nursing department … She played a key leadership role in helping us to get the program back.”

“We put together a winning proposal for our nursing department for the state board to review, and over the past few years we were able to admit a really fine class of students who came through the program,” he said. “They have also helped us. This year we graduated our first class of pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing students, which is one of the requirements before accreditation. We are very proud of these accomplishments. They are good for the university, and for the community of Pine Bluff.”

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jacquelyn McCray also hailed the news.

“The new nursing program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is off to a great start under the able leadership of Mrs. Diann…

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