May 2018 graduates from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) program achieved the required pass rate for the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN), according to a news release.

The program graduated eight students in May. Six graduates (86 percent) successfully passed the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination), a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses, and are employed as registered nurses. Four graduates are employed at Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Pine Bluff.

“The program shall maintain a minimum pass rate of 75 percent for the first-time examination candidates,” according to ASBN Rules and Regulations, Chapter Six, Standards for Nursing Programs, Section III.

Twenty-five students have been admitted for the fall of 2018. The program received 63 applications for the 24 available slots.

“The nursing department is also undergoing a $240,000 renovation of the simulation/skills laboratory and expansion of the nursing computer lab. The renovation project is being paid by funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Institutional Services Program, Title III Part B Strengthening Historically Black Colleges & Universities Program or Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA),” according to a news release.