Mar 31, 2022
College of the Ozarks Ranked as No. 1 Bachelor of Science Nursing Program in Missouri
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The College of the Ozarks Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has recently been ranked as the Best BSN Program in the State of Missouri, according to nursingprocess.org. The Armstrong McDonald School of Nursing achieved this honor based on outstanding NCLEX pass rates and data from the Department of Education, State Board of Nursing, and U.S. News and World Report. Graduates from the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 all achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN® licensing exam.
“We are honored to be recognized for this distinction,” said Janice Williams, nursing program director. “The success of AMSON is attributed to God’s favor, dedicated and expert faculty/staff, the compassionate and hardworking character of our students, and excellent support from clinical partners.”
According to nursingprocess.org, a list of all nursing schools offering BSN programs were graduated in every state and then ranked based on the average NCLEX-RN first time pass rates of recent five years, academic quality (enrollment rate, graduation rate & retention rate), and nursingprocess.org editorial staff ratings and nursing school reputation.
More about The Armstrong McDonald School of Nursing
Founded in 2006, The Armstrong McDonald School of Nursing provides students with effective training while pursuing their mission: “To present a Christ-centered, biblically-based, character-driven nursing education program, while preparing qualified individuals for a spiritual role as a professional nurse, providing service to Christ and humankind.”
The program has achieved outstanding results since its inception — earning consistently high scores on the NCLEX-RN exam, achieving a 100 percent satisfaction rate among employers, and 100 percent job placement for graduates, often prior to graduation. Recent employer surveys indicate the College of the Ozarks nursing graduate “has the knowledge and skills to perform work requirements in a highly effective manner.” Clinical partners have consistently reported that “students demonstrate effective critical thinking, confidence and initiative, and a teachable spirit.”
Alumni consistently rate the nursing faculty as the top reason for their success. In the final semester of the program, the faculty place students with RN staff in a one-on-one preceptorship for 220 hours to acclimate them to a typical patient caseload, preparing for post-graduation RN responsibilities. Following preceptorship, students spend the last six weeks of the semester fine-tuning their NCLEX test preparation with individualized coaching from faculty and completing a formal NCLEX review course.
Comments from RN preceptors in recent program evaluation surveys, include the following:
"I have been a nurse for 12 years, and I've had many students, but none as prepared to take on the role of an RN as this C of O student. If this is an example of the students from your program, you by far have the best program in Missouri and Arkansas.”
"C of O students are always top-notch. They are very well prepared despite the challenges of the last two years.”
"My C of O student was the most knowledgeable student nurse I have ever precepted.”
For additional information about the College of the Ozarks nursing program, visit https://www.cofo.edu/Nursing