Release Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Charleston, WV — One hundred percent of the 2010 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates at the University of Charleston passed the NCLEX-RN licensure examination on the first attempt. The stellar performance by first-time test takers can be credited to improvements made internally at UC after below-average pass rates in previous years threatened the school's state accreditation.
Low exam scores prompted the nursing department to revamp the curriculum in 2006. Like the rest of UC's academic departments, the nursing program emphasizes student-centered learning, with frequent tests across the curriculum. According to Dr. Robin Lewis, director of the BSN program, the most important change that came with this system is that standardized testing is paired with remediation. If a student performs poorly in any area, he or she gets immediate help. In addition to testing and remediation, the program utilizes simulation software and active learning to fully prepare nursing students for work in the real world. This 2010 class was the first group that is fully a product of that change begun four years ago.
In addition to the four-year bachelor's program, UC offers a two-year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Its pass rates are also on the rise. Of the 20 ADN graduates who have taken the NCLEX this year, 85 percent passed the test on the first try.
"We are extremely proud of the achievements of our nursing faculty in turning the program around. It doesn't get any better than 100 percent pass rates," said UC President Ed Welch.
The University of Charleston is an independent, co-educational, residential college located in the heart of West Virginia, with approximately 1,500 students from 35 countries and 34 states. It is ranked #11 among regional colleges in the South, and is the top-ranked regional college in West Virginia, according to U.S. News & World Report.