Newman University officials were notified recently that December 2012 graduates of the Newman nursing program had a pass rate of 100 percent on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.
Newman nursing graduates of May 2012 also achieved a 100 percent pass rate, making this the second time in a row that Newman nursing grads performed perfectly on the national test.
"This is really a group effort," said Newman Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Bernadette Fetterolf, Ph.D. "We have excellent clinical facilities, an excellent team of nursing faculty who truly care about their students, and excellent students who are self-motivated to do their best and excited to join the nursing profession."
To practice in Kansas, the Kansas State Board of Nursing requires that nurses be graduates of an approved school of nursing and pass the national licensure exam (NCLEX). Kansas institutions of higher education offer 34 professional nursing programs - 13 baccalaureate nursing programs and 21 associate degree nursing programs.
The number of Newman nursing graduates who pass the NCLEX on their first attempt is consistently above state and national averages. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, graduates of the Newman nursing program had a pass rate of 96.36 percent - the highest pass rate of all first-time registered nurse candidates educated in Kansas who took the exam. The Newman student pass rate was more than 10 percentage points higher than the Kansas pass rate of 85.88 - an average of all nursing programs in the state - and almost 9 points higher than the national average pass rate of 87.89 percent.
The NCLEX pass rate for Newman nursing graduates in 2010 was 96.36 percent. In 2009, it was 98.08 percent.
The nursing program at Newman University is highly respected in the region for its dedication to excellence and highly qualified graduates. In addition to teaching students the clinical skills required for nursing, the Newman program provides an ethical framework to help graduates meet the needs of diverse populations in today's complex healthcare environment.
Get more information on the Newman nursing program, or call 316-942-4291, ext. 2244.