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Nursing grads achieve impressive pass rate on national boards


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

Penn College offers degrees for those pursuing registered nurse and practical nurse licensure eligibility.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing recently released the pass rates for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses) and the NCLEX-PN, for practical nurses. Results are for those who took the exams between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019.

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

In the college’s practical nursing associate degree major, 100% of Penn College graduates who took the NCLEX-PN passed on their first attempt. The national first-attempt pass rate is 85.76%.

In the college’s associate degree registered nurse preparation major, 97.83% of Penn College graduates who took the NCLEX-RN passed on their first attempt. Graduates of the college’s bachelor’s degree nursing major who took the NCLEX-RN for the first time earned a 97.92% pass rate. The national first-attempt average for the NCLEX-RN is 88.07%.

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 sitting for 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.

The Penn College nursing program offers five nursing degree options, including traditional two- and four-year degrees, as well as pathways for licensed practical nurses to become RNs and for RNs with associate degrees to pursue bachelor’s degrees. It welcomes high school and transfer applicants for entry each semester.

To learn more, call 570-327-4519.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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