Alumna Praises UMO for Preparing Her for the Future

Alumna Praises UMO for Preparing Her for the Future


MOUNT OLIVE- Jennifer Floyd, a University of Mount Olive (UMO) alumna from Hope Mills, has recently started Duke University’s accelerated nursing program. Although the prestigious program is demanding, Floyd feels that UMO has properly prepared her to excel in the graduate curriculum.


During her time at UMO, Floyd was active in numerous clubs and organizations on campus. She was an outside defender for the Trojan women’s soccer team, a member of the Honors program, and an Ambassador. Floyd also served as president for the UMO Tri-Beta National Biology Honors Society, the Henderson Science Club, and the Collegiate North Carolina Academy of Science.


“At the University of Mount Olive, I enjoyed the positive learning environment, small class sizes, and the ability to be a part of many clubs,” said Floyd. “Many of the positions I held and the undergraduate experiences I had, might not have been available to me at a larger University.”


Floyd graduated from UMO in May of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. Following graduation, she researched various graduate programs and came across the new nursing program at Duke University.


With an impressive resume and successful undergraduate career under her belt, Floyd was easily accepted into the nursing program. “I feel like UMO set me up for success in both school and in the workforce with unique opportunities in research, leadership, and classes available in the biology and chemistry departments.”


Floyd is currently working on completing her first semester of the program and loves the cutting edge atmosphere. The program offers Floyd the advantage of clinical experiences in multiple sites in the prestigious Duke University Health System. The curriculum focuses on clinical leadership, evidence based nursing practice, and culturally relevant care at Duke University Health System, which is ranked among the nation’s top health care institutions.


Upon completion of the program, Floyd will be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse and entry into professional nursing practice. Her graduation date is set for December 2015, and the ambitious alumna plans on working in an intensive care unit before returning to school in order to become either a CRNA or a FNP.


The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit