Western University of Health Sciences MSN-Entry students recently made history when all 50 entry-level nursing students passed the NCLEX exam to become RNs.
The 100% pass rate for these nursing students was a first in the eight-year history of the College of Graduate Nursings MSN entry program in Pomona, Calif.
“The average national pass rate for the NCLEX exam in schools of nursing is 85%,” Mary Lopez, RN, PhD, OCN, CGN assistant dean and director of the MSN entry program, said in a news release. “Our MSN entry program NCLEX pass rate has ranged between 90% and 97% for the last several cohorts. Last year our students achieved 98%.”
The MSN entry program accepts students who have a bachelors degree in non-nursing majors and have completed the required science prerequisites for the program. Students complete four semesters of the pre-licensure training then take the NCLEX exam in December to become RNs.
To celebrate students completion of the pre-licensure RN curriculum, faculty provided a Feb. 9 pinning ceremony.
“The ceremony signifies that they are registered nurses and are ready to seek their first job as a registered nurse,” Lopez said in the release.
Students work as RNs and continue as distance learners for two years, eventually qualifying for their masters degree.
Students knew 49 of 50 students had passed the NCLEX before the pinning ceremony because of Facebook postings, but were excited when the College of Graduate Nursing Founding Dean Karen Hanford, RN, EdD, MSN, FNP, announced the 50th student passed.
“This is the first time in my 30 years of university education that Ive seen students from a program obtain a 100% pass rate,” Hanford said in the release.
For information, visit www.WesternU.edu.