A Bright Future: Nursing students from the 2012 graduating class at Andrews University.

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Andrews University: All Nursing Graduates Pass Their Board Exams

The Andrews University Department of Nursing has achieved the outstanding feat of a 100 percent overall board pass rate for the class of 2013.

Nursing students are required to take the National Certified Licensure Examination (NCLEX) after graduation to receive their nursing license. Students in nursing programs and schools must reach a specific pass rate on the NCLEX each year in order for the programs to maintain state approval and accreditation for functioning as a nursing program. 


Every three years, the examination is updated to current nursing standards. The most recent change occurred in April 2013 when nursing programs and schools were warned by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NSBSN) that the next exam would be the most difficult NCLEX to date. Schools were expected to have an approximate 4­5 percent drop in their board pass rate.


While the initial data collected in the summer of 2013 revealed that national board pass rates dropped approximately 9 percent instead of the projected 4­5 percent, this was not the case with Andrews University.

Last spring, a total of 15 students graduated from the Andrews nursing program, 14 of whom have completed the NCLEX examination and passed on their first attempt. One student has yet to take the exam.



”We at the Andrews University Department of Nursing are so pleased and excited that God continues to answer our prayers,” says Karen Allen, nursing department chair. “Our students are doing well and we are confident and happy to be sending them out to serve the world.”


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