Reinhardt University’s nursing program is the newest academic major, and its first class of graduates have shown its success in preparing and qualifying students for nursing careers.

The Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences saw its first cohort of 22 students graduate in December, which was also the university’s first December commencement ceremony. All of the new nursing graduates secured jobs prior to graduation and the cohort received a 100 % pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, which is required of all nurses in the U.S. to become licensed as a registered nurse.

In September, the university signed an educational pathway with Chattahoochee Technical College, which allows for Chattahoochee Tech’s students who earn an associate of science in nursing to continue on at Reinhardt’s Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences to earn a bachelor of science in nursing. In November, the nursing program received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The university served more than 1,750 students in the 2018-2019 academic calendar year, from undergraduate and graduate to non-traditional online students. Last fall, Reinhardt’s undergraduate enrollment was 1,524.

In May, Reinhardt graduated 312 students, and the December commencement saw the graduation of 105 students.

Students majoring in biology and math are eligible for a scholarship to teach STEM through a nearly $1 million National Science Foundation Noyce Grant. The grant provides for college juniors and seniors majoring in biology or math to get additional educational opportunities in education. Noyce Scholars would be required to teach at least two years in a high-risk school district.

Looking into 2020 and beyond, university leaders are finalizing a five-year strategic plan called Thrive 2025.

Reinhardt will also continue to develop educational pathways with companies and governmental entities to have a clear path for educational opportunities for their employees. Current partners include Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee County School District, Chattahoochee Technical College and Canton Chick-fil-A.

Reinhardt continues to be recognized in college rankings. College Consensus ranked the university No. 7 in Georgia; a move up from No. 10 in the previous year. Reinhardt was also named No. 1 Best Online College in Georgia through College Consensus. Reinhardt was again named a College of Distinction for the 2019-20 academic year. It also earned badges for Georgia, Christian college and education and business.

Zippia-The Career Experts ranked Reinhardt No. 10 for best jobs in Georgia; Reinhardt was ranked in the company of University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Emory, Spelman, and Mercer.

The Price School of Education at Reinhardt earned a Level 4 rating on the new Georgia Professional Standards Commission educator preparation program measures.

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Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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