College of Nursing's Class of 2018 Celebrates First-Time Pass Rate of 99% on National Council Licensure Exam

News Story: June 11, 2019

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Nearly all of Sacred Heart University’s class of 2018 nursing students passed the National Council Licensure Exam – Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN), the first time they took it resulting in a 99 percent first-time pass rate for the College of Nursing, the highest pass rate in the state.

The NCLEX-RN is a standardized exam that candidates must pass in order to enter the profession of nursing. Passing the exam results in licensure.

“SHU’s pass rate is the result of hard work on the part of our students and faculty. It highlights the rigor of our program, as well as our commitment to engaged learning,” said Mary Alice Donius, dean of the College of Nursing.

“Our student-faculty relationship fosters great learning,” added Michelle Cole, assistant professor in the College of Nursing. “Our students transition incredibly well to employment after graduation. Their professional demeanor is often applauded by local agencies and hospitals and they are also praised for being well-prepared for clinical practice.”