Passage of the NCLEX-RN, or the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, is required by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. McNeese’s first-time passage rate exceeds the state average for registered nursing programs of 89.16 percent and the national rate of 84.7 percent.
“The pass rate exceeded not only the state and national rate but also the rates of much larger programs in our state including LSU, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Only one school, the University of Louisiana Monroe, was higher with a rate of 98.59 percent. However, its program graduated approximately one-half fewer nursing graduates,” according to Dr. Peggy Wolfe, dean of the McNeese college of nursing and health professions.
“This pass rate shows the effectiveness of both our curriculum and teaching in the baccalaureate nursing program,” said Wolfe. “Our faculty members are dedicated to the success of our students and work continuously to ensure their nursing competencies are safe and effective.”
In addition to McNeese’s high pass rates, Wolfe said the baccalaureate nursing degree program was granted continuing accreditation in April by the American Association Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, following an extensive review process.
“Accreditation ensures a nursing program’s curriculum meets strict national standards and assures the public that the nursing program meets the quality and commitment toward these high standards,” said Wolfe. “This accreditation highlights our commitment to quality nursing education and this passage rate indicates that McNeese nursing majors are prepared to meet the needs of the health care industry when they graduate.”