Stevenson University’s recent nursing graduates achieved a 91.36 percent passing rate on the 2010 National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), surpassing the 79.92 percent passing rate required in Maryland. The rates were released Sept. 1 by the Maryland Board of Nursing.
“I am extremely pleased with this passing rate, one of the higher rates among the eight bachelor of science programs in the state,” said Denise Seigart, Associate Dean for Nursing Education. “It is a testament to the quality of our nursing program and dedication and expertise of Stevenson faculty.”
Administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN), the NCLEX-RN examination is designed to test the candidate’s knowledge of safe and effective nursing practice and challenges the candidate’s critical thinking skills. To ensure public protection, candidates for nursing licensure throughout all 50 states are required to pass the NCLEX examination.
“We are always evaluating how we are preparing our students, and the NCLEX results provide us with a snapshot of the program and a measure of how well we are educating our student nurses for the profession,” said Ellen Clayton, instructor in Nursing. “We take several critical steps to help ensure our students’ success, including rigorous progression criteria requiring a 3.0 GPA overall and in all science curricula, theory and clinical courses that challenge and build our students’ critical thinking and application skills, and a review course immediately following graduation that prepares them for the NCLEX exam.”
Stevenson University offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree via a variety of program options, including: traditional, transfer, and RN to BS. Nursing students at Stevenson University also have access to the Nursing Resource Center, which provides the opportunity to practice learned skills in a simulated hospital environment. The Resource Center, which has been expanded and updated via grants from the Who Will Care Fund for Nurse Education, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and the Middendorf Foundation, is equipped with simulation mannequins, 10 beds and stretcher bay areas. Graduates of the bachelor’s program at Stevenson are prepared to practice professional nursing in a wide variety of settings.
Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 3,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.