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Nursing students achieve 100 percent pass rate on national licensing test

For the first time in the history of the nursing program at Austin Peay State University, all of the nursing students who took the NCLEX licensure testing for the first time this past summer recorded a 100 percent pass rate.

A total of 35 students who graduated in May 2009 with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at APSU took the NCLEX for the first time and passed.
For the first time in the history of the nursing program at Austin Peay State University, all of the nursing students who took the NCLEX licensure testing for the first time this past summer recorded a 100 percent pass rate.

A total of 35 students who graduated in May 2009 with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at APSU took the NCLEX for the first time and passed.

Dr. Chita Farrar, director of the APSU School of Nursing, said, “This is the only time in the program's history since the first class was enrolled in 1980 that a 100 percent pass rate has been achieved. The national average NCLEX pass rate in the December 2008 annual report was 87.06 percent, and our 100 percent pass rate is a historic event for the B.S.N. program. This is a reflection of faculty and student partnership to promote excellence in the nursing program.”

Students, faculty and administrators celebrated the accomplishment Oct. 12 with a luncheon, hosted by the APSU Student Nurses Association and the Nu Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

“The nursing faculty, under Dr. Farrar's leadership, are vigilant in promoting student success, and their efforts have paid off,” said Dr. David Denton, dean of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences.

In addition to the B.S.N., the APSU School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing.

For more information about the nursing program, call the APSU School of Nursing, (931) 221-7708, to talk to Debbie Cochener, the school's nursing adviser and administrative specialist. -- Melony Shemberger