USM Nursing Program Honored by Kansas Board of Nursing

5/9/2014 12:00:00 AM

USM Nurses Outpaced Nation on Licensing Exam

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program has been honored by the Kansas State Board of Nursing for the outstanding performance of its graduates on the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) in 2013.

USM nursing grads outpaced the national average last year, according to the state nursing board, with nearly 93 percent of the university’s first-time test-takers passing the exam. Saint Mary nurses taking the NCLEX for the first time outperformed the national average by nearly 10 percentage points, and improved on the performance of the previous year's class of USM nursing students.

This recent success came in a year that the exam's standards increased—and at a time when many other Kansas BSN programs saw decreases in their NCLEX pass rates.

"This outcome is a testament to the hard work and dedication of USM's nursing students and its faculty," said Dr. Bryan Le Beau, university provost and vice president for academic affairs. "It also underscores why the Saint Mary BSN program is so well regarded."

USM offers multiple paths for prospective students looking to earn a nursing degree or further their nursing education—the traditional, on-ground BSN; the accelerated BSN that allows those with a bachelor's degree to earn their BSN in 12 months; and the online RN-to-BSN and Master of Science in Nursing.

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