Nursing graduates achieve top NCLEX pass rate

Union College nursing graduates posted a 97.3 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, for the last year from October 2009 to October 2010.  Union finished well ahead of the Nebraska pass rate (88.32 percent) and the national pass rate (87.56 percent) and had the highest rate of the fourteen schools of nursing in the state.

The NCLEX-RN is the standardized proficiency test required for licensure by states boards of nursing in all 50 states. After a recent overhaul, May 2010 graduates faced a more difficult NCLEX test, which also required a higher score to pass.

“Union College professors are committed to helping students learn to think critically,” said Charlotte Schober, associate professor of nursing. “This difficult process challenges the best of students, but at Union, our nursing program fosters accurate clinical reasoning and problem solving skills that are needed to care for patients and to pass the NCLEX.”