BSN Graduates Achieve 95.47% NCLEX-RN Exam First-time Pass Rate

The Duquesne University School of Nursing graduating class of 2020 achieved a 95.47% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

"I want to congratulate our faculty and students for their dedication and hard work in achieving these impressive NCLEX-RN results, especially during the coronavirus pandemic," said Duquesne Nursing Dean Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow. "Students and faculty had to abruptly transition to online learning and virtual clinical during the spring semester, which was no easy feat. I am very proud of them and these results."

The NCLEX-RN exam is a standardized test that every state regulatory utilizes to determine whether a candidate is ready to become licensed as an entry-level nurse. The exam is developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), which works to develop psychometrically sound and legally defensible nurse licensure and certification exams consistent with current practice. The average first-time pass rate across the state of Pennsylvania was 91.99%.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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