USF College of Nursing Earns 97% NCLEX Pass Rate

February 18, 2016

Joliet, Ill.- The University of St. Francis (USF) is very proud to announce that the 2015 nursing class achieved a pass rate of 97% on the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Exam).

“The college of nursing is ecstatic with this report,” says Carol Wilson, dean of the university’s Leach College of Nursing (LCON). “This pass rate is the highest so far in several years of a rising trend of high pass rate percentages for LCON students,” says Wilson.

The NCLEX is a nationwide examination for registered nurses. After graduating from nursing school, potential R.N.s take the NCLEX to receive their nursing license from the state in which they plan to practice nursing.

“Dedicated faculty, small classes and motivated students are absolutely responsible for a 97%,” says Wilson.

The University of St. Francis has educated four generations of caring and skilled nurses. Upon graduation, these students are fully prepared to be competent clinicians and advocates for their patients. In addition to the traditional BSN program, USF offers an online R.N. to BSN degree completion program and articulation agreements with many area community colleges including Joliet Junior College, Kankakee, Moraine and Waubonsee. Additionally, LCON offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner/FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Nursing Education, Nursing Administration and Teaching in Nursing Certificate. Post-master’s certificates in FNP and PMHNP are also available.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,700 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are 47,000 USF alumni throughout the country. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.