Southeast Nursing Students Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on Licensure Exam


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 30, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Nursing has announced that both its December 2008 and May 2009 baccalaureate graduating classes have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination- Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

The NCLEX-RN is the national licensure examination which allows graduates to be eligible for licensure in any state in the United States.

The NCLEX-RN is administered through a contract with the Missouri State Board of Nursing and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing located in Chicago, Ill.  The testing is a computerized adaptive format, meaning that each graduate has a different examination based on the national test plan, how the graduate answers each question, and the difficulty level of each question.  The computer automatically shuts off once the candidate’s success level has been determined.  Results are communicated to the candidate via the individual state boards of nursing.

“Having a consistent high pass rate is certainly an indication of the quality of graduates from Southeast as well as the superb teaching environment provided by the faculty,” said Dr. Marcia Hobbs, chair of the Department of Nursing. The Department of Nursing also has announced a continuance of a 100 percent pass rate among its family nurse practitioner graduates on the national certification examination. Along with the success of Southeast’s Family Nurse Practitioner graduates, all clinical nurse specialist graduates have passed the national certification exam as well, Hobbs said. The Department of Nursing is fully accredited by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and by the national organization Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is the only accrediting body that accredits only baccalaureate of higher degree nursing programs.