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Nursing Programs at Belmont College Given Full Approval Status

 
St. Clairsville, OH (March 24, 2021) — Belmont College officials are pleased to announce that the College’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program has been restored to “Full Approval Status.”
 
Previously, the ADN program had been acting under “provisional approval” due to licensure exam first time pass rates less than 95 percent of the national average of graduates who took the exam within six months of completion of the program. In addition to completing college coursework, nursing graduates are required to pass the NCLEX exam to work in American health care facilities. The Ohio Board of Nursing considers first-time passing rates when approving college programs, requiring a 95 percent of the national average NCLEX passing rate.
 
Mrs. Karolyn Fox, Belmont College Director of Nursing said that Belmont attributes the improved pass rate to smaller class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities, simulation lab software, scheduled weekly tutoring conducted by course faculty, and post-graduation mentoring from College faculty.
 
“We provided mentoring to our graduates at no cost for up six months or until they sat for the NCLEX exam for the first time,” said Fox. “This guidance consisted of monitoring graduates’ progress on NCLEX preparation electronic software that mimics the NCLEX exam. We kept in frequent contact to provide them the support and assistance that they needed to pass the exam.”
 
In 2019, Belmont College’s Associate ADN graduates achieved a 96% pass rate on their NCLEX-RN. The 2020 ADN graduates, who completed their nursing education during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, achieved a 93.1% pass rate of the national average on their NCLEX-RN Examination. The graduation classes from 2019 and 2020 scored above state and national passing averages. Nursing programs must achieve a 95 percent pass rate for two consecutive years to be moved from provisional approval status to full approval status.
 
Furthermore, Belmont’s Practical Nursing Program 2020 NCLEX testers achieved a 100% pass rates and is also on full approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing.
 
“We are incredibly pleased with our graduates and their NCLEX success rate,” said Fox. “These graduates are currently caring for those in our community, and I am so honored to have had the chance to watch them succeed.”
 
At Belmont College two nursing programs are maintained: the ADN program and the PN certificate program. These programs are designed to provide an educational opportunity in which students develop a scientific basis of nursing practice and master technical skills. Under direct supervision of qualified instructors, Belmont College nursing students experience patient interactions, in-class lectures, and hospital clinical experiences which all foster caring and empathetic approaches to nursing care.
 
In September of 2020, the ADN program underwent a virtual survey visit by the Ohio Board of Nursing whereas the program was found to be 100% compliant with all laws and rules for conducting a nursing program. The PN program’s next scheduled review will be in 2023.
 
Additionally, the nursing faculty that instructs and oversees the ADN and PN programs take their mentoring roles very seriously as they work on a daily basis to encourage students and provide them with a successful start. Many of these faculty members are highly experienced veterans with over 30 years of experience. The range of these professors’ abilities is broad and includes (but is not limited to): medical-surgical nursing, maternal/infant nursing, chronic disease management and training, mental health nursing, critical care nursing, administrative nursing, pediatric nursing, public health, and home health.
 
“We are proud of our long history as a nursing program serving and meeting the needs of our community,” said Dr. Jeremy Vittek, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. “Our faculty is committed to student success, as they work collaboratively in clinical settings with students and provide concept-based curriculum through instructional methods such as active learning and simulation opportunities.”
 
Furthermore, the College’s Health Sciences Center, the region’s premier healthcare education facility, is home to all Belmont College Nursing programs. The building features state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs for biology, anatomy, and chemistry. These high-tech spaces enhance the learning environment and provide opportunities for students to nurture collaboration and innovation.
 
Applications for admission to the ADN and PN programs at Belmont College are now open. The College is accepting applications for the 2021 Fall term  from now until May 1, 2021.
 
For more information about the nursing programs at Belmont College visit  www.belmontcollege.edu/nursing or contact Karolyn Fox, Director of Nursing Programs, at 740-699-3910 or kfox@belmontcollege.edu.
 
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