The 2018 charter class of nursing graduates earned a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN state licensure exam.
“This is an amazing achievement,” said CPHS Dean Michael L. Adams (PharmD ’96, PhD). “It’s practically unheard of for a charter class to earn a 100 percent pass rate. This is a testament to our exceptional nursing program and the faculty, staff and students who have dedicated their time and talent to making it great.”
Dr. Nancy Duffy, director of the nursing program, credited the achievement to exceptional faculty that challenged students to develop team skills, improve communication and to think critically both in the classroom and at the bedside of a patient.
“Our faculty integrated a new curriculum, clinical sites and instructors and committed to a new model of delivery,” said Duffy. “This is a challenge for any program, but remarkable in a newly established one.”
Remarkable is truly the word for this program. In addition to the exemplary pass rate, every member of the charter class had jobs lined up to begin their careers immediately after graduation. The program also received full accreditation status by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) earlier this year.
“These graduates recognized that our model facilitated their understanding of what it means to be a nurse,” said Duffy. “They found their voices in advocating for safe, quality care. We are excited and proud of this class for ‘knocking it out of the park’ the very first year.”