Northwestern nursing program received a 100 percent passing rate of the NCLEX

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Northwestern nursing program received a 100 percent passing rate of the NCLEX

To ensure public protection, each state requires nursing school graduates to meet set require­ments that include passing an examination that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effec­tively as a newly licensed, entry-level registered nurse. The Nursing Program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently received the news its students had a 100 percent passing rate of the National Council Licensures Examination (NCLEX).

The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) is used by the state of Oklahoma and surrounding states to assist in making licensure decisions. Passing the NCLEX-RN® demonstrates the graduate’s competence so they can begin their nursing career. 

In April 2013, the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN® was raised to meet the increasing demands of entry-level RNs. With the passing standard raised, a higher level of ability will be required to pass the exam and historically, there has been a slight drop in the NCLEX-RN® pass rate immediately after new passing standards are implemented.

The national 2013 average year-to-date passing percentage for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepared graduates is 88.49 (  In 2013, the 27 Northwestern nursing graduates (May 2013) experienced a 100 percent pass rate on the exam.

“This pass rate reflects the commitment of the Northwestern Division of Nursing faculty to keep the curriculum relevant and up-to-date,” said Dr. Shelly Wells, associate professor and chair of the Division of Nursing. “It also reflects the faculty’s commitment to working with each student to assure their success. It is a challenge to maintain a high quality nursing program in any environment, but to be able to produce highly successful graduates in a rural area like northwestern Oklahoma is indeed a huge accomplishment.”

The Northwestern nursing faculty is proud of every graduate’s determination and hard work during their time in the nursing program. The NCLEX-RN® exam is a stressful experience, yet the Northwestern graduates mastered this comprehensive examination in the same way they succeeded with their course work.

“I am very proud of our students demonstrating a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX exam for the 2012-13 school year,” said Dr. Bo Hannaford, dean of the School of Professional Studies. “I believe this shows the dedication and work ethic of all our faculty and staff to properly prepare them for this endeavor. Since this exam allows our nursing students to receive their nursing license, this is a very trying, but important process to get through. I know there are many hours of preparation for this exam, and I appreciate the dedication of all involved to ensure the success of Northwestern Oklahoma State University putting quality nurses into our communities here in Oklahoma.”

For more information please contact Wells at or (580) 327-8489.