PSU Nursing students reach new milestone for the program


PSU Nursing students have marked a new milestone for the program.

PSU is happy to announce that all of the students enrolled in the “Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice” have passed the Family Nurse Practitioners National Board Certification. Something that not many nursing institutions get to say.

To be able to operate as a family nurse practitioner, all nursing students must first pass the Family Nurse Practitioners National Board Certification. The lengthy exam may seem ominous to most, but all 8 students in “The Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice” program were able to pass the exam.

“And this is the first cohort of full-time students to move through our program, take the exam and we are just exceedingly proud that all, all of them passed on the first try,” says Cheryl Giefer, Dir. of the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing.

And this program has only existed at PSU since 2016. Plenty of planning and preparation went into the curriculum to set these students up for success. And the program’s director says being able to offer plenty of resources to her study body has been a big help.

“We are available whenever the students need us. And that makes the difference,” says Giefer.

After graduation, these students will be qualified to work as primary care providers, directors of medical services and other high ranking medical professions. One student says though the program was tough, the dedicated faculty at PSU was able to prepare her and her classmates to pass the exam with flying colors.

“I would like to contribute our, my success personally, to not only the study and the preparation that they provided us, but just to the program itself. We have a great program and that really enabled us to fly through the certification,” says Stormy Carter.

Initial planning for this program started back in 2009, and this is the first cohort to graduate from this program at the institution. In addition to 100 percent of students passing the exam, their scores were also higher than the national average.

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