HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Caylor School of Nursing (CSON) at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) nurse anesthesia concentration has received continued accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The nurse anesthesia concentration’s accreditation has been continued for 10 years, the maximum period allowed by the COA. The concentration’s next accreditation review will take place in spring 2024.
“This accreditation provides more evidence of the educational rigor and legitimacy of our program,” said Rickey King, program director of the nurse anesthesia concentration. “We have worked hard to make this into a fine program. The nurse anesthesia concentration faculty and the Caylor School of Nursing administration and staff deserve accolades for this accomplishment.”
This is the latest in a series of accolades for the nurse anesthesia concentration. The members of the 2013 graduating class, which received their Master of Science in nursing degrees in the nurse anesthesia concentration in December 2013, achieved a first-time pass rate of 100 percent on the national certifying exam. Within two months of graduating, the class had a 100 percent employment rate.
Additionally, the mean scores of the LMU graduates were above the 2013 national mean for total score and in each of the four exam subcategories. This is the first time in the program history that either 100 percent first-time pass rate or achieving mean scores above the national average has been attained by the nurse anesthesia concentration. The 2013 national first-time pass rate was 88.4 percent. The LMU December 2012 graduates also were above the national pass rate on the certification examination.
“I am very proud of the faculty and staff of the nurse anesthesia concentration and the entire Caylor School of Nursing,” said Dr. Mary Anne Modrcin, dean of the CSON. “This is a significant achievement for the master’s program and our entire school.”
The nurse anesthesia concentration is one of three Master of Science in Nursing degree concentrations offered by the CSON, along with family nurse practitioner and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Associate of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs are also available. Enrollment in the CSON has quadrupled over the last five years as new programs and concentrations have been added.
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the CSON at LMU.
For more information on the nurse anesthesia concentration or any program of study offered by the CSON, please call 800.325.0900 ext. 6324 or email rebekkah.pullen02@LMUnet.edu or sherry.pearman@LMUnet.edu