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Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing graduates again exceeded state and national pass rates on national board examinations. Photo courtesy of Penn College News

This year, Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing graduates crushed state and national averages in their National Council Licensure Exams. The two exams are the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Practical Nursing Associate Degree majors from Penn College had a 100% pass rate for their first attempt at the NCLEX-PN, compared to a national average of 85.76%. For the Registered Nurse Preparation majors, 97.83% of Penn College graduates passed the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt, and graduates of the bachelor's degree program in nurses achieved a 97.92% pass rate, compared to the national average of 88.07%.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing released these statistics for those who took the exams between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019.

The NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN exams are used by all state boards of nursing across the United States to assess a graduate’s competency and are required for licensure. In Pennsylvania, a student must graduate from a recognized education program before qualifying to take the exam.

Penn College’s nursing majors are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The college’s nursing majors represent one of the largest academic program areas at Penn College, with nearly 330 students.

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