Allen College Nursing Graduates Excel In Passing Licensure Exam

February 28, 2014

WATERLOO, Iowa--Allen College Chancellor Dr. Jerry Durham has announced that its nursing graduates’ first time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exceeded state and national averages in 2013.  Allen College's 2013 pass rate was 92.66 percent, compared to the national pass rate of 83 percent and the Iowa pass rate of 82.3 percent for graduates of all RN programs.  Of Allen College’s 109 bachelor’s degree pre-licensure nursing graduates in 2013, 101 passed the examination on first attempt.

According to Dr. Kendra Williams-Perez, dean of Allen’s School of Nursing, in April 2013 the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) implemented a revised test plan and change in the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN. Due to the higher standards, the NCSBN projected a 3-5 percent decrease in the passing rate for those taking the NCLEX-RN for the first time.  As a result of this change, many nursing programs have seen a decrease in their NCLEX-RN pass rates. Dr. William-Perez noted that several factors contribute to the NCLEX-RN rate success but believes that Allen College’s high admission standards, commitment to student success and excellent teaching were the biggest factors.

Allen College offers programs in nursing and health sciences.  About 95 percent of Allen College’s 620 students are from Iowa. The majority remain in Iowa after graduation.   The college enrolls more than 500 students in its bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree nursing programs.  Its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing are fully accredited, and the doctoral nursing degree program is a candidate for accreditation.   Through its online RN to BSN degree program, Allen College is helping to solve Iowa’s shortage of bachelor’s degree-prepared nurses and enhance the quality of nursing practice within hospitals and other settings.

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