By Jackie Torok / 12/10/2019 NC A&T Academic Affairs, College of Health & Human Sciences

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Dec. 10, 2019) – Reflecting a “rebound in confidence” by students and faculty, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s School of Nursing has achieved a 97 percent National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) pass rate for 2019.

Of the 34 North Carolina A&T State University School of Nursing students who took the exam between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 33 passed on their first attempt, which resulted in the school’s 97.06 percent pass rate, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

The national rate for U.S.-educated students on their first attempt in the same period stands at 89.11 percent. The NCLEX has been the exam used for licensing nurses in the United States since 1982.

All 34 of N.C. A&T’s students ultimately passed the exam, said Dr. Terry Ward, director and associate professor of the School of Nursing and associate dean for the College of Health and Human Sciences.

The latest pass rate data demonstrates a comeback for N.C. A&T’s School of Nursing.

“This year’s 97 percent NCLEX-RN pass rate demonstrates a rebound in confidence we were called to achieve,” Ward said. “It is evidence that our program improvements have really worked.”

North Carolina Administrative Code requires that a nursing program “shall maintain a three-year average at or above 95 percent of the national pass rate for licensure level pass rate on first writing of the licensure examination for calendar years ending Dec. 31” under rules readopted Jan. 1, 2019.

N.C. A&T Nursing’s three-year average for 2015-17 was 86 percent. The average rose to 90 percent for 2016-18 and will be 91 percent for 2017-19.

N.C. A&T’s School of Nursing will have its traditional pinning ceremony to welcome fall graduates into the nursing profession at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. The event will feature Dr. Wallena Gould, founder and CEO of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program and the first certified registered nurse anesthetist of color to be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

The school, which celebrated its 65th anniversary this year, was first accredited by the National League of Nursing in 1971 and has maintained continuous accreditation ever since.

It offers B.S. and M.S. programs accredited by ACEN through 2022. Students can pursue their B.S.N. through three entry options: traditional, accelerated second degree and registered nurse completion.

In September, Nursing School Hub ranked N.C. A&T’s School of Nursing No. 5 on its list of the 25 best for 2020 among historically black colleges and universities. It used data drawn from sources like the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, College Scorecard, Niche, and U.S. News & World Report, which recognized N.C. A&T as the nation’s No. 1 public HBCU.

Blue Cross NC Announces $1 Million Investment in N.C. A&T School of Nursing

Blue Cross NC Announces $1 Million Investment in N.C. A&T School of Nursing

April 25, 2018 – DURHAM, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue  Cross NC) announced today that it is investing $1 million in North Carolina A&T State University’s School of Nursing. This is the second investment in a Triad HBCU nursing program by Blue Cross in the last two weeks. The investment is part of Blue Cross NC’s commitment to contribute $50 million toward community health initiatives in 2018. The investment is partially funded through $40 million in tax savings generated through the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

A&T will use the investment for scholarships to address access to care and nursing shortages, to update equipment and technology, and for student development.

“Over the past month, Blue Cross NC has made it a point to invest in our state’s outstanding HBCU nursing programs,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, President and CEO of Blue Cross NC. “We’ve done this because of the central role that nurses play in creating a higher-quality, more affordable health care system. We are excited to be able to help North Carolina A&T admit and train new nurses, especially from underserved and rural populations. As a practicing physician, I understand that in order bring costs down and increase quality, we have to think more broadly about what it means to invest in health.”

According to a recent study by Georgetown University, North Carolina is projected to have the second-largest shortage of nurses in the nation – a deficit of 12,900 nurses. The shortage is especially challenging in rural North Carolina. The state’s metropolitan areas have 32 more nurses for every 10,000 people than rural counties. Seventy of North Carolina’s 80 rural counties are classified as “medical deserts” due to their lack of primary care. Additionally, nurses play a central role in increasing the value of health care, both in terms of improved outcomes and lower costs.

“We appreciate Blue Cross NC’s continued support of North Carolina A&T. These investments are demonstrative of the importance of public-private partnerships in addressing complex challenges in our communities,” Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr., said.

A&T’s School of Nursing is a part of the College of Health and Human Sciences and offers the bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) through three entry options which include:

  • Traditional BSN entry option for new freshmen and transfer students
  • Accelerated BSN second degree option for those with a non-nursing bachelor degree
  • BSN completion option for registered nurses with an associate degree

The School of Nursing prepares students to become professional nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality patient-centered care in a dynamic healthcare environment, assume leadership roles in nursing, and pursue graduate education. A&T nursing faculty use state-of-the art technology to educate nurses based on current theory, research and evidenced based practice. The School of Nursing currently has 195 students enrolled in the pre-nursing and nursing major.

The school will use the investment from Blue Cross NC to provide student scholarships, to support student development and program initiatives, and to upgrade equipment and technology within the School of Nursing.

The $1 million will be invested into the following areas:


  • There is a significant need for scholarships and financial aid, especially to students from poor, rural areas. These funds will be used to provide scholarship support to students who are nursing majors at A&T. The school anticipates providing 300 nursing students with $2,000 scholarships over the next 2-3 years, and plans on graduating as many as 245 nursing students with their BSN into the state’s workforce.

Equipment and Technology

  • A&T will also use the funding to support the purchase of new equipment and technology and update existing equipment and technology as needed.

Student Development

  • Students who earn a nursing degree must pass the NCLEX exam before they are allowed to practice. A&T will use funding from this investment to help prepare students for the NCLEX, and cover fees associated with the test.
  • Funding will also be used to support faculty development initiatives such as providing opportunities for School of Nursing faculty to engage in professional development initiatives and trainings.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

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Union Square Campus Receives Lincoln Financial Foundation Grant

Union Square Campus Receives Lincoln Financial Foundation Grant

Greensboro, NC, January 8, 2018 – Union Square Campus, Inc. has received a $25,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation in support of its Phase II project.  In collaboration with local universities and industry, Union Square Campus Phase II will further educational and partnering opportunities cybersecurity and innovative design.  The concept is to house both focus areas in one facility, which would offer planned activities and educational programs; startup space and support; real world, hands-on experience for college students through internships, faculty and student research and business services; and an event hub.

Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, believes in empowering people to live greater lives, which advances culture and empowers greater positive change. Its grant is part of Lincoln Financial’s annual $10 million investment in its local communities’ youth education, economic and workforce development, human well-being and arts programs.

About Union Square Campus, Inc.

Union Square Campus, Inc. is an initiative of Opportunity Greensboro, a group of business, foundation and higher education institution leaders in Greensboro, North Carolina. Its mission is to foster community-specific models of collaboration to transform the wealth of local educational and business assets into new community and economic success. The focus is to create an educational campus in underutilized parts of downtown Greensboro. Long-term economic impact would extend beyond Greensboro.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation

The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development.




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Union Square Campus Receives Lincoln Financial Foundation Grant

Union Square Campus receives STAR Award

GREENSBORO, NC – May 19, 2017- The Construction Professionals Network (CPN) of North Carolina has announced winners for “outstanding construction projects completed throughout North Carolina that were selected from a number of entries.”

Three awards are given annually – one for projects with construction costs under $10 million, one for construction costs between $10 million and $25 million, and another award for projects with construction costs greater than $25 million.

The 2017 Star Award project Between $10 Million and $25 Million was awarded to Union Square Campus in Greensboro, NC.

CPN members participating in this winning project include:

  • Brooks Pierce; Arty Bolick, Bob Saunders, Jeff Oleynik
  • Chandler Concrete; Dan Goley
  • ECS Southeast, LLP; Sun Breza; Brian Maas
  • Gateway University Research Park; John Merrill