Nursing grads rank first nationally on exam

May 18, 2011

The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) College of Nursing received top rankings for graduate performance on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

For the reporting period October 2010 through March 2011, TAMHSC-College of Nursing ranked first in the Texas jurisdiction, first compared to comparable programs, and first among nursing graduates nationwide based on percentage of graduates passing the NCLEX-RN.

For this reporting period, 100 percent of the college’s graduates passed the NCLEX-RN, up from the previous period’s 95 percent pass rate. This success rate is significant, especially when compared to the 87 percent pass rate in the Texas jurisdiction, 89 percent in similar programs and 87 percent nationally.

“The College of Nursing strives to prepare the most professional nurses possible, and the NCLEX-RN is only one of many indicators to measure the competency of the graduates,” said Sharon Wilkerson, Ph.D., RN, dean of the TAMHSC-College of Nursing. “Passing the licensure exam is an important measure of the quality of our graduates. I am very proud of our graduates and our faculty for this stellar achievement.”

— Blair Williamson