Congratulations are in order for the Rattlers of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce: the graduate students in the School of Nursing have ALL passed their certification exams. Read the full announcement:

Last week, the School of Nursing at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) was notified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification Board that all of FAMU’s May 2019 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduates passed the certification exam.

FAMU Nursing, Class of 2019

This unprecedented pass rate further establishes FAMU’s School of Nursing as a top-tier provider of nursing practitioners. According to the School of Nursing’s Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Uloma Onubogu, Ph.D., MSN, this illustrates “we have met and exceeded a crucial nursing program accreditation standard.”

Additionally, the 100 percent pass rate further demonstrates FAMU’s graduates are well prepared to deliver services in the primary care setting with expected competency, quality, safety and attitude.

Althoug there are multiple advantages for producing advanced nurse practitioners, Onubogu said FAMU is filling an immediate need by training and providing high-functioning practitioners during a time when the healthcare industry is experiencing a shortage of providers.

“Our graduates are able to fully credential with numerous agencies and enter the workforce at a very critical time,” she said. As detailed on its website, AANP Certification Board’s nurse practitioner certification provides a “valid and reliable program for nurse practitioners to recognize their education, knowledge and professional expertise.” It also provides a process for “validation of an advanced practice registered nurse’s qualifications and knowledge for practice as a nurse practitioner.

The FAMU School of Nursing was “established in 1904 as a hospital based program, it became the first baccalaureate program in Florida in 1936. The Florida Board of Nursing approved the program and its graduates were permitted to write the licensure examination in 1941” and “The forty-two credit hour full-time curriculum can be completed in two years or five semesters, while the part-time curriculum plan can be completed in seven semesters,” shares the university website.

Congratulations to this talented group of future nurses!