Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) recently announced that its Leach College of Nursing students’ pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) – Registered Nurse rose to 86% in 2021, placing USF above both the Illinois and national averages (both were 82% for 2021). The data is based on candidates completing the licensure examination for the first time upon graduation from an Illinois approved nursing education program. A full data report is available through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at

Pass rates on the NCLEX are a key indicator of the quality of a nursing program and is one of the metrics used by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) when it accredits a nursing program. In 2021, the USF Leach College of Nursing also successfully completed a CCNE reaccreditation process for its baccalaureate degree program in nursing, its post-graduate APRN certificate program, its master’s degree program in nursing, and its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, each of which are now certified through 2030. 

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 52,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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