Nursing students pass licensure exam at rate higher than national average


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Of the 124 UofL students who took the registered nurse licensure exam in 2010, 120 (97 percent) passed. This easily exceeds the national average of 88.7 percent of people passing the exam.

    UofL’s numbers for 2011 are even better so far, with all 18 students who have taken the NCLEX-RN test passing.

    “With these very high NCLEX-RN pass rates from first-time test takers, we have been able to add some of the very best nurses to the nursing workforce,” said Marcia Hern, EdD, CNS, RN, dean and professor of the School of Nursing.

    NCLEX-RN pass rates for UofL students have risen over the past few years, according to Ermalynn Kiehl, PhD, ARNP, CNS, associate dean for undergraduate academic programs and associate professor at the School of Nursing.

    Hern and Kiehl credit the dedication of UofL nursing faculty who helped the students achieve these outcomes.

    “We are so proud of our graduates, and feel confident they have the knowledge and skills they need to make the critical decisions facing practicing nurses today,” Kiehl said.

    UofL’s School of Nursing produces the most licensed registered nurses in the state.

    Julie Heflin
    Julie oversees digital content for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She began her UofL career on the Health Sciences Center campus in 2007. Prior to this, Julie was a journalist with WFPL (Louisville Public Media), and occasionally filed reports for National Public Radio.