Nursing Graduates Outperform State Average on Licensure Exam

November 27, 2019

Members of the Wegmans School of Nursing Class of 2019 exceeded the New York State average in their ability to successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) on their first attempt.

A patch on the uniform students wear at the Wegmans School of Nursing..

Ninety five percent of the students who took the exam passed on their first attempt, far outpacing the New York State average pass rate of 85 percent. December 2018 graduates performed just as well, with 96 percent passing the exam.

The NCLEX, which is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, ensures entry-level nurses meet set requirements and demonstrate specific safety and care activity competencies before entering the practice. Fisher students have performed above the New York State average for the past five years, with a three-year average pass rate of 94 percent.

“The rigor of our program provides students with a solid foundation in the sciences and liberal arts, contributing to their continued success on this very difficult examination,” said Dr. Christine Boev, director of the undergraduate nursing program at the School. “More impressive than this stellar pass rate is that 100 percent of our students are employed upon graduation. They enter the workforce not just with the ability to be a good nurse, but the compassion and empathy required of good communicators and good leaders. Our holistic, patient-centered approach to care makes our graduates desirable to employers, not just in Rochester, but across Western New York and beyond.”

The largest enroller of nursing and mental health counseling students in the region, the School of Nursing consistently achieves rankings as a top program locally and nationally. Students enrolled in the baccalaureate degree program benefit from the expertise of the School’s faculty, strong partnerships in the local and regional community, international clinical experiences, and the opportunity to learn in the School’s Glover-Crask Simulation Center.