Western nursing graduates post 88 percent pass rate

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s nursing graduates have posted one of the top pass rates on a professional licensure examination among University of North Carolina system schools, according to reports issued by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Test scores for 2004 indicate that 88 percent of Western graduates who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the first time passed the exam. The 88 percent pass rate is the third highest among the nine UNC system schools that award the bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Scores from UNC programs ranged from a high of 97 percent to a low of 65 percent. The average pass rate for graduates from all community colleges and public and private colleges in the state was 86 percent. The average pass rate for the rest of the country also was 86 percent.

“Western’s nursing program has a long history of preparing highly qualified graduates to enter the nursing workforce,” said Vincent Hall, head of the university’s nursing department. “We in the department are very pleased with our graduates’ continued success.”