Nursing students far exceed national averages on 2019 nursing exam

Nursing graduates of the College of Nursing & Health Sciences continue to score above the national average on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

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UMass Dartmouth Nursing students achieved a 95% pass rate for the 2019 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition, graduates of the Second Degree Accelerated BS in Nursing track (ABS) who took the test for the first time achieved a 100% pass rate.

The recently released results show that traditional, first-time test takers at the university exceed national averages. The national pass rate for overall first-time test-takers in 2019 was 83.51% and 91% for first-time test takers earning a bachelor’s degree.

“We are proud of our College of Nursing & Health Sciences graduates for achieving consistently high pass rates on the NCLEX examination,” said Dean Kimberly Christopher. “This is clearly a reflection of their hard work as well as that of Assistant Dean Karen Barnett and her leadership along with our faculty who have prepared our students so well. Our graduates continue to make significant contributions to the profession of nursing both in our region and beyond.”

NCLEX is a nationwide examination for licensing of nurses in the United States and Canada. Nursing graduates must pass NCLEX to receive their nursing license and permission to practice nursing in the state where they met the requirements. NCLEX is designed to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level.


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