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Department of Nursing and Allied Health

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Norfolk State University's Nursing & Allied Health Department was one of the first eight Associate Degree Programs in the United States. It was the last to be accepted as a participant in the Cooperative Research Project in Junior and Community College Education for Nursing sponsored by the Division of Nursing in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The principal investigator was Dr. Mildred Montag. The Cooperative Research Project, launched in 1952, was implemented at a time when there was a shortage of nurses and a need to prepare nurses in a shorter period than the traditional programs. It was designed to be implemented by junior colleges. NSU, known then as the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College, was selected in 1955.

As a historically black college or university (HBCU) its inclusion increased diversity of the participants in the project. The acceptance of NSU's participation in the project was due in part to the determination, persistence, and influence of Dr. Brown, Dr. Lyman B. Brooks (former President of NSU), and Dr. Hazle Blakeney (former department chair). With support from the Norfolk Community Hospital (the hospital that served the black population of Norfolk, VA in 1955), and approval of the Virginia Board of Nurse Examiners, NSU was included in the project. Thus, in 1955, NSU became the first HBCU in the United States to have an Associate Degree Nursing Program. Although our Associate Degree Program is no longer offered, our Nursing program has since expanded to include several programs leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

Since its inception, the Department of Nursing has graduated more than 2,000 persons who have become registered nurses. Many students who have graduated from the Associate Degree Program, have returned to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Additionally, many of our nursing alumni have earned Master and Doctorate Degrees in nursing, related disciplines and other fields of study.

The Department of Nursing & Allied Health at Norfolk State University offers Bachelor of Science Degree programs in Nursing which is fully accredited.

Student Rates:

NCLEX pass rates:  

2016 Traditional BSN Cohort – 95.23%;

2016 Accelerated BSN Cohort – 95.8%

2015 Traditional BSN Cohort - 100%;

2016 Accelerated BSN Cohort - 79% (currently on inactive status)

Student completion rate:  60 - 97%

Graduates obtaining a job:  100%

Student achievement:  12% of graduates accepted to graduate school

*The above program status information is based upon data collected from December 1, 2015 – December 1 2016