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Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Among 100 Best

Awards and accolades | Posted Thursday, January 28, 2021
100 Best Nursing Schools in the United States

The Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences has been ranked among the 100 Best Nursing Schools in the United States.

The ranking, by Nursing Schools Almanac, collected data on more than 3,000 institutions that included public and private programs. Just 20 percent made the list of the best nursing schools in geographic regions of the nation. The Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences, a private institution, placed in rankings for both the region, number 81 in the Plains region, and state, number 20 in Missouri.

Each institution was evaluated on three dimensions:

  • The institution's academic prestige and perceived value
  • The breadth and depth of nursing programs offered and
  • Student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination

Tonya Buttry, PhD, MSN, RN, Dean of Nursing at the College, says the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree Program with four distinctive tracks is offered through the College. Students with no prior nursing education can pursue the two-year fulltime pathway, while existing Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Paramedics can enroll in an accelerated bridge program.

Across these four pathways, the College typically graduates about 60 students annually. An RN-to-BSN program is also available for associate degree or diploma-prepared registered nurses who wish to complete their healthcare education.

Buttry says the College is appealing to students throughout the region "because they not only benefit from outstanding educational resources, but also by small class sizes and highly individualized instruction by scholarly and clinically-skilled faculty."

College President Steven Langdon, EdD, AT-Ret, says students' pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) also sets the College apart academically. The NCLEX is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Lisa Moses, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program Director, noted that "Our nursing program's 2020 NCLEX-RN licensure pass rate was 96.97 percent. The national 2020 pass rate for the exam was 86.58 percent and the state of Missouri pass rate was 89.99 percent." Pass rates were 98 percent in 2018 and 96 percent in 2019.