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Anderson University Nursing Graduates Pass Licensing Exam With Flying Colors

January 10, 2018

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Graduates from the Anderson University College of Health Professions’ School of Nursing passed their licensing exams at rates that far exceed the national average, placing AU among the top nursing schools in the state.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a non-profit organization that collaborates with boards of nursing on areas of interest that impact public health and safety. It accomplishes this through the development of nursing licensure exams (NCLEX); upon successful passage of the rigorous test, nurses are fully licensed to serve in a professional capacity.

For 2017, 98 percent of AU nursing graduates passed NCLEX, well above the national average of 89 percent. In fact, just two of the 30 nursing schools in South Carolina saw its graduates pass at a higher rate.

“We are so very pleased with our awesome students and incredible nursing faculty at Anderson University,” said Dr. Donald Peace, Dean of the Anderson University College of Health Professions. “This pass rate exemplifies a commitment to excellence on behalf of our students and faculty. We are very proud of this group of new caregivers as they assume their service as clinicians. I know, without a doubt, our community will be a safer and healthier environment because of our nursing graduates.”

“This is a significant milestone for Anderson University, the College of Health Professions and the School of Nursing,” said Dr. Carol Archuleta, Dean of the School of Nursing. “Strong NCLEX scores represent faculty and program effectiveness and provide a solid benchmark of program excellence to accreditation agencies and state boards of nursing.”

AU’s nursing school is home to the South Carolina’s only cadaver lab that’s designed exclusively for nursing students; has a state-of-the-art, full-body simulator lab; conducts nursing mission trips around the world; and has clinical affiliations with numerous organizations, locally and nationally.   

“It is such an honor to serve at an institution where excellence in teaching is paramount and graduates are prepared for a successful start as registered nurses in their chosen profession,” Dr. Archuleta said. 

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