Nursing Students Surpass the National First-Time Pass Rate for the NCLEX-RN

According to statistics released by the Kansas State Board of Nursing, the Saint Mary Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program scored 95.65 percent for NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate. The national first-time pass rate sits at just 91.57 percent—earning Saint Mary a distinct seat among top nursing programs in the state.

The NCLEX, or the National Council Licensure Examination, is a test determining if it is safe for individuals to begin practice as an entry-level nurse. The NCLEX-RN tests application and analysis of nursing knowledge an individual learned in school, while also challenging critical thinking skills and ability to make judgments.

“We are thrilled to hear this wonderful news, as it supports our program’s commitment to student success,” said Dr. Michelle Birdashaw, nursing division chair. “Our faculty are dedicated to creating a critical-thinking environment here—from using our high-tech simulation lab to weaving in the latest research into their teaching, students graduate Saint Mary with a holistic, evidence-based, and applicable nursing education.”

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