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LMU-Tampa BSN Program Announces 100 Percent Pass Rate on Board Exams

Heather Smith in the simulation lab at LMU-Tampa.

Heather Smith, RN as a student the simulation lab at LMU-Tampa.


Tampa, Florida, Feb. 21, 2019 – December graduates from the Lincoln Memorial University-Caylor School of Nursing (LMU-CSON) inaugural class of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in Tampa earned a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the most recent National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).


“At the Caylor School of Nursing we take pride in educating highly skilled, compassionate nurses that hospitals want to employ,” said Dr. Mary Anne Modrcin, vice president of extended sites and CSON dean. “Excellent pass rates are just another example of the high standards we expect from our students and demonstrate what it means to be an LMU nurse. The students, faculty and staff have all worked hard to attain these results, and we commend their efforts,” said Modrcin.


The NCLEX-RN is the licensing exam for registered nurses and tests knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies essential to being a practicing nurse.


“Our team of students and faculty have worked diligently over the course of the program to ensure the students mastered the material necessary to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN and begin their professional careers as registered nurses,” said Dr. Lea Dodge, executive director of the LMU-Tampa nursing program. “With a high demand for nurses in the Tampa area, LMU is pleased that our qualified graduates will be able to help meet the needs of our community while fulfilling the mission of the University.”


To help fill the need for qualified nurses in Florida, LMU partnered with AdventHealth (formerly Florida Hospital) in 2017 to offer an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in Tampa. Located at the AdventHealth Tampa Health Park, the LMU-CSON offers a variety of degree options for students in the Tampa area to meet their career goals, including the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN).


Heather Smith, RN

“LMU has a high standard of learning that prepares you for your nursing career as well as for taking the NCLEX,” said Heather Smith, RN, a member of the LMU-Tampa Inaugural BSN Class of 2018.


LMU was founded in 1897 in Harrogate, Tennessee, and the Caylor School of Nursing offered its first nursing degree – the ASN – in 1974. Nursing is the largest undergraduate major at LMU, and the University also offers online programs including an RN-BSN online, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in nursing administration, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). LMU nursing graduates have gone on to nursing careers in a variety of settings, from major medical centers to small community hospitals.


For more information on the LMU’s nursing programs in Tampa call 813.331.4614 or visit  


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at

Lincoln Memorial University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at  1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097  or call  404-679-4500  for questions about the accreditation of Lincoln Memorial University.  Lincoln Memorial University’s extended learning site in Tampa Florida, is located at: 3102 East 138th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33613. This site is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 5738. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888)224-6684.



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