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Upstate's School of Nursing above national average of first-time pass rate

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Published on Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Of the 181 USC Upstate nursing students who have taken the NCLEX since January, 167 students passed the exam. 
 

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Of the 181 USC Upstate nursing students who have taken the NCLEX since January, 167 students passed the exam. 

 

Graduates from the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Mary Black School of Nursing have a year-to-date 92.27 percent first-time pass rate on the NCLEX, the national professional licensure exam for nurses. The national pass rate for the exam is 89.54 percent.

Of the 181 USC Upstate nursing students who have taken the NCLEX since January, 167 students passed the exam. The test measures if a nursing graduate is capable of performing duties required of an entry-level nurse.

The largest nursing program in the state has a history of excellence in producing professional baccalaureate nurses in the Upstate, offering a bachelor’s degree program that includes pre-licensure and the RN-BSN tracks, as well as a master’s degree in nursing as a certified clinical nurse leader.

“We have very stringent, competitive admission standards, and, dedicated faculty who work tirelessly to support and encourage our students to strive for success,” School of Nursing’s dean, Dr. Katharine Gibb, said. “Our state-of-the-art simulation center provides students with hands-on opportunities with multiple high-fidelity manikins for real-life simulated experiences. They can learn and master procedures and techniques in a safe environment, before their experiences in a clinical settings beieng in any of our area hospitals and clinics.”

A newly-formed dual degree program with North Greenville University allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology from North Greenville University and a bachelor’s of science in nursing from USC Upstate over a five-year period.

The Mary Black School of Nursing has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction as a “Nursing College of Distinction.”

 

 

 

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