University nursing program achieves fifth consecutive 100 percent pass rate

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Waynesburg University nursing program

The Waynesburg University Baccalaureate Nursing Program was recently notified of its 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Waynesburg University was the only baccalaureate program in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve the 100 percent pass rate this year. This year's feat marks the program's fifth consecutive year achieving the 100 percent pass rate.

“The 100 percent pass rate is an indicator of the quality of the students and the program's cutting edge curriculum,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University. “The faculty works well together to offer a consistently rigorous, standard-driven program.”

This year, 149,700 candidates tested in the United States and achieved an average national pass rate of 90.23 percent. Pennsylvania had the sixth largest number of candidates, with 7,619 testing from 84 programs with an average pass rate of 90.79 percent. Thirty-eight Waynesburg University students collectively achieved the 100 percent pass rate.

The exam pass rate takes into account graduates who tested Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012. Students take the NCLEX subsequent to graduation from a baccalaureate, diploma or associate degree program. A student must pass the exam in order to become licensed to practice as a registered nurse.

Tina Antil Keener, assistant professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, attributes the program's success to excellent leadership, dedicated faculty and diligent students.

“We are proud to say we have educated a large number of professional nurses who are providing safe, high-quality patient care,” Keener said. “We expect our students to think and behave as professional nurses. Students understand that professional values are the foundation to quality nursing care.”

Mosser said that the program plans to maintain the high pass rates by continuing to offer a rigorous curriculum that challenges students to use evidence-based knowledge as the basis for practice.

“The dedication of our students is reflected in the pass rate and their success in being hired following graduation,” she said. “The students work hard over the course of the four years they are enrolled in the program, and we are very proud of them.”

The program offers clinical experiences starting the first semester of the sophomore year, a state-of-the-art simulation lab, experienced faculty members and standardized testing. The baccalaureate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The department offers accredited MSN and DNP degree programs as well.

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