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Nursing program nationally ranked for affordability

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On September 21, 2017

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The ASU nursing program ranked in the top 10 Most Affordable Nursing Degrees in Texas. placed the program ninth out of 44 schools across Texas that appear in the National Center for Education Statistics database for nursing programs.

Alumna of the Nursing program Michaela Bishop said she chose ASU because, "it was affordable, close to home, and ASU’s nursing program has really high NCLEX pass rates."

The NCLEX, or National Council Licensure Examination, is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a student is prepared to practice entry-level nursing.

"College is expensive in general, but when you are majoring in anything that has to do with science, it can get outrageously expensive with the cost of books and post-college exams," said Cole Strain, former ram and current surgical intensive care unit registered nurse. "Because of the low tuition costs at ASU, it allows the students to have more peace of mind about their financial future, knowing that they won’t be hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt after graduation"

Faculty of the Nursing department have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach and in a wide variety of clinical settings.

"The student to professor ratio is great," Krysten Sarbach, senior, said. "It lets you create a relationship with your professors and learn better that way."

The department has over 25 instructors and professors available to students.

"They’re awesome," Bishop said. "They’re always available as a resource and the students are their priority. They want you to succeed."

The nursing program utilizes laboratories and offers a wide range of classes to prepare students for life post-college.

"I could not have asked for a better education to prepare me for the working life of a nurse," Strain said. "It was by no means easy in any way but I truly believe that because of the complexity of the program, I was better prepared to take on the world of nursing. The way the program is set up, it begins with the very basics of what a nurse is and their history and just builds on that base knowledge. From learning to give a shot to learning how to talk to a grieving family after losing a loved one, it is all taught."

Strain and Bishop both graduated in May and received job offers quickly.

"The nursing program definitely helped me get the job I wanted," Bishop said. "It gave me the foundation of what I need to know as a nurse."

The Baccalaureate, Master’s and Post-Master’s programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and all nursing programs have been fully approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

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