For several years, the school’s pass rates consistently have been higher than the national average. For baccalaureate degree graduates the pass rate for this year is about 89 percent.

“This speaks to the quality of education at the School of Nursing,” said nursing dean Marcia Hern. “We are at the forefront of preparing quality baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral nurses through innovative teaching methods — not just for today, but tomorrow.

“I am thankful to the dedicated undergraduate faculty for working so hard to deliver outstanding content and testing preparation,” she said.

This success follows the school’s recent reaccreditation of the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs for 10 years, the maximum length of time the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education CCNE will reaccredit nursing programs.

Passing the NCLEX is one of the final steps in the nurse licensure process. The number of students passing the exam is an indicator of how many new nurses are entering the workforce.