Berea College Nursing Program Named No. 1 Best Value in Kentucky

Three nursing students performing work on a dummy

Nursing students, from left, Palkyi Palkyi ’20, Bidhya Dhital ’20 and Bridget Bill ’20, administer a nebulizer treatment to the new SimMan Essential High-Fidelity simulator in the nursing wing of the new Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building. (Photo: Oluwatobi Adejumo ’20)

Berea College has been ranked by Nursing Explorer as the best-value RN program, taking the No. 1 spot out of 39 programs ranked in Kentucky. The annual ranking is made after reviewing data from more than 3,000 U.S. nursing schools. The ranking is based on information from governmental organizations, institutional information from the Department of Education and accreditation information from Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

Using National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate for nursing students and net-price of nursing schools to formulate the ranking parameters, in 2019 Nursing Explorer ranked 1,721 schools across 45 states. A 70 percent weight was assigned to the NCLEX pass rate and a 30 percent weight was given to net-price. The result of the calculation is a score between one and 100 that reflects the quality of education offered at each school and its affordability. If a school has a high NCLEX pass rate and low tuition (or provides sizeable financial aid), then its ranking will be higher.

The data is made available to prospective students through a searchable database to provide students with useful insights into the nursing programs available in every state.

Berea College’s Nursing Department is the oldest college-affiliated program west of the Alleghenies. In keeping with the College’s aims and commitments, the mission of the nursing program is to prepare students with great promise and limited economic resources for the practice of professional nursing in a variety of health care settings and to provide a foundation for graduate study in nursing. Berea’s baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is also approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

View the complete list of nursing schools along with their rankings.


Upcoming Event

Berea College Department of Nursing is hosting an educational and interactive experience as distinguished professor and author, Laura Dzurec, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, presents healthy responses to workplace bullying on Thursday, August 22.

Dr. Dzurec currently serves as Senior Scholar in the Boston College Connell School of Nursing. Previously, she served as Dean at Widener University, Kent State University, and the University of Connecticut and held various posts at Oregon Health Science University, University of Maine, The Ohio State University, Kent State University, and Case Western Reserve University. She is a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s (USA) Academy of Nursing Education and the American Academy of Nursing.

See full event details, including how to reserve your spot by August 9, here.

Horse Logging Conference Features Demonstrations

Man operating logging equipment using two horses

Wendell Berry among Featured Speakers

Berea College will host a horse-logging conference at its Forestry Outreach Center October 29 through November 3. To culminate the week-long event, the public is invited to a free day of demonstrations and presentations on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Speakers include noted Kentucky author and sustainable forestry advocate Wendell Berry. The event is open to people of all ages and takes place at the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center on Highway 21, just east of Berea. Continue reading Horse Logging Conference Features Demonstrations

Woodworking Hand Tool Event at Berea College Crafts

Attendees at a previous Hand Tool eventLie-Nielsen Toolworks®, a U.S. manufacturer of heirloom-quality woodworking tools, is bringing its popular Hand Tool Event® to Berea, Kentucky on Sept. 28 and 29 at Berea College Crafts, located in the Mueller Building, 100 Student Crafts Court. This event, which is part of the company’s ongoing international program, provides woodworkers of all ages and skill levels exposure to the benefits of traditional hand tools and techniques. The event will take place Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is an opportunity for the public to receive first-hand instruction directly from the toolmakers. Continue reading Woodworking Hand Tool Event at Berea College Crafts

Berea College Graduates Challenged by Dr. Earl Lewis Before Receiving Degrees

Close Up of Earl Lewis 2018 Commencement Speaker at Berea College

Founder of the Center for Social Solutions at the University of Michigan, Dr. Earl Lewis addressed graduates on Sunday, telling them to change the world responsibly.
(Photo: Chris Radcliffe)

Dr. Earl Lewis, founder of the Center for Social Solutions at the University of Michigan and former president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, received an honorary degree then addressed the 258 members of the 146th graduating class of Berea College on Sunday, May 6. Continue reading Berea College Graduates Challenged by Dr. Earl Lewis Before Receiving Degrees

Brian Owens to Sing The Soul of Ferguson

Brian OwensSoul singer Brian Owens will perform “The Soul of Ferguson” at the Berea College convocation on Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. This event is a part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series.

Owens performs soulful, jazzy pieces while conjuring up the spirits of such Motown legends as Marvin Gaye and the Temptations. Growing up as a preacher’s kid in Ferguson, Missouri, Owens was no stranger to the beauty of music. His songs encapsulate his shared love of soul music and humanity. Owens uses his music to engage in conversation with his listeners, build community and share a powerful message about his hometown of Ferguson. Continue reading Brian Owens to Sing The Soul of Ferguson

Raj Patel to Speak on the World That Food Made

Raj PatelRaj Patel will speak about “The World That Food Made” at the Berea College convocation on Thursday, March 1 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. During the convocation, Patel will discuss the 15th century origins of how we feed the world and suggest a hopeful vision for re-imagining the way food is grown. The convocation is co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology departments. Continue reading Raj Patel to Speak on the World That Food Made

Berea College Hosting Annual Festival of Spirituals Workshop and Concert February 24

Berea College’s annual Festival of Spirituals will be Saturday, Feb. 24 in Gray Auditorium at Presser Hall. The all-day event includes a combination of free workshops, recitals and concerts featuring presentations and performances led by members of the Berea College Music Department faculty and guest artists including Diane White-Clayton, Patrice Turner, Shareese Arnold, Nyghél Byrd, Lindsay Clavere, Gabriel Evans and James Dreiling and Combo.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. in Presser Hall Music Building on Berea’s campus, with sessions on spirituals and African American composers. Continue reading Berea College Hosting Annual Festival of Spirituals Workshop and Concert February 24

Alumni Awards Presented at Homecoming

Each year during Homecoming selected Bereans are recognized for their professional accomplishments, contributions to the community, and commitments to the mission of Berea College. This year, Bill Daugherty ’76 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Kathy Bullock and Keith Bullock, members of the Teaching Faculty and General Faculty, respectively, were presented Honorary Alumnus Awards. Continue reading Alumni Awards Presented at Homecoming

Dr. Beth Simmons to Speak on the Future of Human Rights

Beth SimmonsBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to hear Dr. Beth Simmons speak about the Future of Human Rights on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. This event is free and open to the public. Continue reading Dr. Beth Simmons to Speak on the Future of Human Rights

Band Celebrates 145 Years at Berea College

Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble anniversary concert flyer

145th Anniversary Concert for Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble flyer

The Berea College Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble invite the public to a celebratory concert on Thursday, October 26th at 7:30 pm in Gray Auditorium. This performance marks the band program’s 145-year history of musical excellence at Berea College and honors the thousands of musicians who have made the band program a huge success. The concert is free with a cake reception to follow. Continue reading Band Celebrates 145 Years at Berea College

142nd Mountain Day Filled with Great Weather and Great Fun

On October 18th, hundreds of students, faculty and staffed followed a tradition that began in 1875 in order to celebrate Berea’s annual Mountain Day celebration.

Mountain Day began with a sunrise hike starting at 6:30 am, with the Berea Concert Choir greeting the sunrise with music on the East Pinnacle. Events and activities, coordinated by the Student Life office, provided entertainment throughout the day. Continue reading 142nd Mountain Day Filled with Great Weather and Great Fun

44th Celebration of Traditional Music at Berea College, October 26-29, 2017

Alice Gerrard

Alice Gerrard
Photo credit: Irene Young

This year’s Celebration of Traditional Music (CTM) greets Halloween by focusing on British and Appalachian ballads, haunting tales of love and loss. The CTM honors the tradition of passing music, stories, and oral history from person to person in the Appalachian Region. Alice Gerrard is the featured performer. Continue reading 44th Celebration of Traditional Music at Berea College, October 26-29, 2017

Rocky S. Tuan ’72 to Share Research in Stem Cells, Skeletal Tissue Engineering and Regeneration

Dr. Rocky Tuan

Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation featuring Berea alumnus Dr. Rocky S. Tuan, a prominent biomedical scientist who will discuss using adult stem cells, 3D printing, and nanomaterial technologies. The convocation will take place Thursday, October 19, at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Continue reading Rocky S. Tuan ’72 to Share Research in Stem Cells, Skeletal Tissue Engineering and Regeneration

142nd Mountain Day set for October 18

Students at Pinnacle on Mountain Day
Following a tradition that began in 1875, classes and labor for Berea College students will be canceled for Berea’s annual Mountain Day celebration on October 18th. This College holiday is set aside as a celebration for “enjoying the fall colors and other natural wonders” in the Berea College Forest. Continue reading 142nd Mountain Day set for October 18

The Como Mamas to Perform at Berea College

The Como MamasBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation program featuring the music of The Como Mama’s on Thursday, October 12th, at 8pm. This event, to be held in Phelps Stokes Chapel, is a part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series and is free and open to the public. Continue reading The Como Mamas to Perform at Berea College

Berea College Invites Public to Hear CrossFit Coach Steph Hammerman

Phelps Stokes Chapel – 3pm, Thursday, October 5, 2017

Steph HammermanBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to hear Steph Hammerman, the first-ever female CrossFit coach with Cerebral Palsy, speak at this week’s convocation. Born three months premature, Hammerman has been defying the odds of what it looks like to live with cerebral palsy ever since. Continue reading Berea College Invites Public to Hear CrossFit Coach Steph Hammerman

Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems to Speak at Convocation

Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger with a Womanist Thirst: Growing up Black, Female, Christian, and Black Panther

Rev. Dr. Renita J. WeemsBerea College welcomes Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, a biblical scholar, academic administrator, writer, ordained minister, and public intellectual who will be the convocation speaker on September 28th at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. She is known nation-wide as a theologian whose learned perceptions into the Bible and the role of spirituality in everyday life has made her a well-respected speaker and author. Continue reading Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems to Speak at Convocation

Berea College Welcomes Ntozake Shange

Ntozake ShangeBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to its weekly convocation this Thursday, September 21, 2017, featuring award-winning poet, playwright, performer, novelist and educator Ntozake Shange. In her presentation, Wild Beauty, Shange will explore the many contradictions people of color confront in their daily lives emotionally, psychologically and politically. Through music and language, Shange approaches her material with delicacy and brutal honesty, leaving the audience with a textured mosaic of what it means and how it feels to be a 21st century colored person who speaks English. This convocation is co-sponsored with Theatre. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Ntozake Shange

WoodSongs Records McLains, WEKU Broadcasts Performance

McLain Family Band
A performance of the McLain Family Band, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, will be recorded by the Lexington-based international broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour at Berea College on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Continue reading WoodSongs Records McLains, WEKU Broadcasts Performance

Berea College Welcomes Public to 2017 Opening Convocation

Berea Stories

Seabury Center, 3:00 p.m., August 31, 2017

President Lyle Roelofs

Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College

The public is invited to join the entire Berea College community in marking the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year at the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the Seabury Center. The program is free. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to 2017 Opening Convocation

Berea’s Carillon Concert Series Begins Saturday, July 8

Roy KroesenBerea College’s Summer Series of Carillon Concerts opens with a performance by guest artist Roy Kroesen, carillonneur of the Centralia Carillon (Illinois). The free concert will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm (EST) from the John Courter Carillon at Berea College. Guests unable to attend the concert can watch it live via the livestream link here:
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Congressman John Lewis Inspires Graduates at Berea College Commencement

Congressman John R. Lewis addresses the graduates, Commencement 2017

U.S. Congressman and noted Civil Rights leader John Lewis urged the 265 members of Berea’s 2017 graduating class to “find a way to get in the way” of social injustices.

Lewis, who represents Georgia’s 5th District, encouraged the graduates to honor Berea College’s heritage of equality for all people. “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you must stand up, speak up, and speak out,” Lewis stated. “You have a duty and a moral obligation given to you by the visionary founders of this college, who saw the need to build an inclusive interracial, coeducational community in 1855, before the end of slavery and the beginning of the Civil War.  We are still struggling against those same enemies of justice today.” Continue reading Congressman John Lewis Inspires Graduates at Berea College Commencement

Bluegrass Ensemble Spring Concert this Weekend, Mariachi Berea Following Week

The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble will perform their spring concert April 22, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. The concert will also serve as a benefit to promote and support their upcoming European summer tour to Denmark and Ireland. Donations are welcomed and CDs will be available for purchase at the benefit for $15. The Spring Concert for Mariachi Berea will be the following week on April 29th at 8:00 p.m. in Gray Auditorium of Presser Hall. Continue reading Bluegrass Ensemble Spring Concert this Weekend, Mariachi Berea Following Week

Berea College Hosts 2nd Annual Dandelion Festival

The Office of Sustainability at Berea College hosted its 2nd annual Dandelion Festival on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The festival, located on Fairchild Lawn on Berea’s campus, featured numerous activities including: over 20 theme-related festival booths, live music, local food, face painting, lawn games and a dinner served by Berea College Dining Services. The event was open to everyone—Berea College and the community at large. Continue reading Berea College Hosts 2nd Annual Dandelion Festival