USF nursing graduates nearly perfect on first-time exam pass rate

May 7, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind.— University of Saint Francis Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) had a near-perfect pass rate in the first quarter of this year.

Results released by NCLEX, the examination of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the licensing of nurses in the United States, showed the university’s ASN graduates passed at a rate of 96.2 percent, while its BSN graduates passed at a rate of 94.1 percent. Both classes missed the 100 percent mark by one student.

NCLEX examinations are designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level. It compares an individual’s knowledge to a predetermined standard rather than to the performance of others who take the same test. The NCLEX covers a wide range of material. Individuals are tested on the ability to think critically about decisions involving nursing care.

“These excellent pass rates for our programs are reflective of the exceptional nursing students who graduate from our programs and the exceptional faculty who equip them for success,” said Dr. Mindy Yoder, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, dean of the USF School of Health Sciences. “USF nursing faculty are expert educators who truly care about the success of each student. By our graduates passing this exam, they have made the initial step to successfully enter the profession as a registered nurse.”

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

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