Southeast Nursing Students Achieve 98.1 Percent Pass Rate on Licensure Exam


Nursing StudentsCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 14, 2013 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Nursing has announced its December 2011 and May 2012 baccalaureate graduating classes have achieved a 98.11 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

Fifty-two of fifty-three students who took the exam passed it, said Dr. Gloria Green, chair of Southeast’s Department of Nursing.

The 98.11 percent rate includes 28 December 2011 graduates and 25 May 2012 graduates who took the exam. For the past five years, Southeast’s passage rates have been 90.7 percent and above.

“I am enormously pleased with our graduates’ consistent performance on the NCLEX,” Green said. “We admit well-qualified students, who are committed to their education and to the profession of nursing. Further, we have highly qualified and dedicated faculty members who go above and beyond classroom and clinical teaching to truly mentor the students. As a result, we believe our students are well prepared to practice nursing as they begin their careers.”

The NCLEX-RN is the national licensure examination which allows graduates to be eligible for licensure in any state or territory 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 computer-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 ends the exam once the candidate’s success level has been determined. Results are communicated to the candidate via the individual state boards of nursing, typically within 7-10 days.

The Southeast Department of Nursing is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and accredited by the national organization Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).