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2018 Nursing Graduates Out Pace State Average on Licensure Exam Pass Rates

February 5, 2019

In 2018, graduates of the Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College exceeded the New York State average in their ability to successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) on their first attempt.

Of the 172 Fisher graduates who sat for the exam, 164 (95.5 percent) passed on their first attempt; the remaining eight successfully completed the exam on their second.

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.

“Our consistently high NCLEX pass rates and full 10 year accreditation status with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education distinguish us among baccalaureate nursing programs,” said Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, dean of the School. “Our reputation for program excellence led to over $10 million in philanthropic gifts and federal grants over the last two years, including $5.8 million from Mr. Thomas Golisano and the Golisano Foundation to establish the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing.”

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.