Graduates of Thomas Edison State University’s Accelerated 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for 2017.
The university is the only public institution in New Jersey whose graduates achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the exam in 2017.
“We are extremely proud of our graduates and the hard work and dedication they put into the program,” said Dr. Filomela Marshall, dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. “This outcome is a result of the outstanding preparation and performance of our students and the undergraduate nursing team who are fully committed to their success.”
The 2017 outcome marks the third time that graduates of the program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam in a given year. Graduates of the program who took the exam in 2012 and 2014 also earned a 100 percent pass rate. The 2017 cohort is the sixth graduating class of the program.
“The Accelerated BSN program at Thomas Edison State University was the perfect way to achieve my goal of becoming a nurse. I had looked into other programs but the 12-month program was one that stood out because of the affiliation with Capital Health and the affordability compared to other programs,” said Katie Bello, RN, BSN ‘17.
Bello, a nurse at Capital Health and mother of four, said the program was challenging but allowed her to gain confidence as she progressed.
“Not only did I feel prepared to enter the workforce as a new nurse, I felt extremely prepared for the NCLEX, which I passed in 75 questions,” she said.
Launched in 2011, the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program is an intense, 12-month program designed for those who already possess a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming a registered nurse. It features online and campus-based courses and simulation lab experiences provided by Thomas Edison State University. Clinical experiences are held at Capital Health facilities in Hopewell Township and Trenton, N.J. and Holy Redeemer Homecare and Hospice as well as other community-based agencies in the area.
Pass rate information is reported to the university by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and reflects the results of all first-time NCLEX-RN test takers from the university who took the exam in 2017.