JBU Moving Toward Offering Nursing Degree

John Brown University of Siloam Springs said this week that it is taking steps to create a nursing program that will offer a bachelor of science degree.

JBU said it has already received unanimous prerequisite approval from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing in Little Rock.

That approval, which JBU received Wednesday, is the first step in a three-step approval process for new nursing programs. Wednesday's board approval allows JBU to advertise the nursing program and begin recruiting pre-nursing students for the Fall 2014 semester.

"Prospective students ask about nursing more than any other major not currently offered at JBU. Moreover, there is a critical need for BSN-trained nurses in Arkansas and throughout our region," Chip Pollard, JBU's president, said in a news release.

"We believe a nursing program will enable more students to follow their calling and meet the needs of our community, so this prerequisite approval brings us one step closer to expanding our university mission to train nurses to honor God and serve others," he said.

JBU said it could begin admitting students to its nursing program as early as the fall 2016. The pre-nursing curriculum usually takes two years to complete and is required before a JBU student could be admitted into a JBU nursing program as a junior. 

JBU is a private Christian university with more than 2,500 students from 40 states and 39 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs.