After conducting a voluntary comprehensive internal assessment, the Dillard University School of Nursing received initial approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing(LSBN) today to implement its restructured pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing programs spring semester of 2018-2019 academic year.
Today’s announcement culminates a review process that included inactivating admissions into the pre-licensure baccalaureate and LPN-BSN nursing programs for the 2017-2018 academic year. The decision allowed the School of Nursing administrator, faculty, and administration to retool curriculum, evaluate staffing needs, enhance student support and revisit entrance standards to meet current best practices in nursing education.
“Without a doubt, this announcement is a pivotal step in continuing the legacy of the state’s first accredited nursing program right here at Dillard,” said Dr. Yolanda W. Page, vice president of Academic Affairs. “As a University, we made the decision to suspend admissions so we could continue to attract some of the country’s brightest students and emerge as one of the preeminent nursing programs in the country.”
Currently there are 36 students enrolled in the 3 nursing programs, which offer a baccalaureate degree. The goal is to attract top achieving students from across the country and keep yearly cohorts small, giving students a rigorous and tailored educational experience. To date, the School of Nursing has produced approximately 1,200 BSN graduates.
“It was a difficult decision to inactivate admissions, but it was the only decision that made sense,” said Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, Dillard University’s seventh president. “The entire Dillard community is proud of what we have accomplished, but we are even more encouraged about what our restructured nursing program offers to the next generation of nurses.”
Dillard’s first class of nurses graduated in 1945 and the program quickly became one of the University’s premiere majors. Graduates work in healthcare, education, private industry, and political fields.
“We worked collaboratively with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to strengthen our programs,” said Dr. Sharon W. Hutchinson, chair of the School of Nursing. “The result, God has blessed us with a LSBN approved restructured program so we may continue the legacy of producing nurse leaders.”
The School of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).