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McNeese State University
College of Nursing

Office Location:
550 East Sale Road
Lake Charles, LA
Hardtner Hall

Mailing Address:
Box 90415
Lake Charles, LA 70609-0415
Phone:(337) 475-5820

Health Professions:
Health Systems Management
800.622.3352 ext 5835
E-mail: Amy Bufford
Program Coordinator

For Program Information:
800.622.3352 ext 5048
E-mail: Sara Dupré Logan
Student Services Coordinator

Undergraduate Program:
800.622.3352 ext 5821
E-mail: Monica Mere

Graduate Program:
800.622.3352 ext 5753
E-mail: Dena Bumgarden

McNeese Nursing Pass Rate Exceeds State and National Rates

McNeese Nursing Pass Rate Exceeds State and National Rates

(September 25, 2017) McNeese State University’s 2016 nursing graduates have achieved a 97.2 percent first-time passage rate on the NCLEX-RN, the national licensure exam for nursing students.Student works on dummy body

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.

 Student practices giving injections“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.”