January 11, 2018
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 certifies nursing professionals across the country. It accomplishes this through its NCLEX exam; 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.”
The latest NCLEX data comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the master degree program in nursing and the post-graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certificate program at the Anderson University School of Nursing are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) following a years-long and rigorous approval process. Along with these graduate programs, the AU School of Nursing offers the BSN degree with three program options (traditional, accelerated, & RN-BSN); the MSN degree with four program options (Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, & Executive Leadership); a post-graduate certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; and the DNP degree with four concentration options (Advanced Practice, Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). All degree / program options are approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing, and part of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) approval process.
“These are significant milestones 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.