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Nursing Graduates Achieve Record 96.39% First-Time Pass Rate on National Exam

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Graduates of Seton Hall's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program have achieved a 96.39% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN. (Photo courtesy of Island Photography, Inc.)

Surpassing all previous years, graduates of Seton Hall's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program have achieved a 96.39% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). 

A pivotal milestone for nursing graduates, the NCLEX-RN is the licensure exam essential for determining their readiness to practice as entry-level nurses. Unlike traditional knowledge-based nursing school tests, the NCLEX-RN challenges students to apply and analyze their learned knowledge using critical thinking skills to make sound nursing judgments.

“This highest ever pass rate is a testament to the superior quality of education and training provided by our stellar nursing faculty,” said Interim Dean of Nursing Kristi Stinson, Ph.D., R.N., A.P.N.-B.C. “It also underscores the College’s commitment in preparing skilled nursing professionals, strongly positioning Seton Hall as a noteworthy institution in the field of nursing education."

Seton Hall’s nursing program, known for its rigorous curriculum, is designed to prepare students for the complexities of today's healthcare environment. "During their time at Seton Hall, students are engaged in active-learning strategies, clinical experiences and simulations, all aimed at developing critical clinical judgment skills," said Stinson. These experiences are pivotal in preparing students for the unique challenges of the NCLEX-RN exam.

College of Nursing students have consistently outperformed the national average on the exam, registering a 92% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN or better since 2019, with an average of 93.98% from 2019 to 2023. This success can be attributed to the College’s comprehensive preparation strategy for the licensure exam, which is integrated throughout the B.S.N. curriculum. Students participate in support sessions focusing on cognitive behavioral techniques, as well as content reviews and test-taking strategies. "This personalized support aligns with the student-centered mission of Seton Hall and our undergraduate nursing program," said Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing Programs Judith Lucas, Ed.D., R.N., G.C.N.S.

As of April 2023, the NCLEX is administered in a Next Generation (Next Gen) format which places a greater emphasis on clinical judgment with an updated question style. The College of Nursing incorporated Next Gen-style questions, case studies and learning activities in all courses to best prepare students for this exam.

“These results not only illustrate Seton Hall's leading position in New Jersey, but also its commitment to maintaining high educational standards,” added Lucas.

Learn more about Seton Hall’s B.S.N. program.