The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has managed to protect its academic core despite repeated state budget cuts, its president reported Friday.
Graduates of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s nursing program have achieved a 100 percent first-time passage rate on the NCLEX-RN, the national licensure exam for nursing students.
A total of 127 nursing students from two UL Lafayette graduating classes passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, or NCLEX-RN as first-time test takers, according to Dr. Lisa Broussard, department head and associate professor for the university’s College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.
Citing 2012 first-time pass rates on the rigorous national licensure exam released by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, Broussard explained UL Lafayette’s passage rate exceeds the state average of 93 percent and the national average of 88 percent. The 100 percent first-time passage rate was earned by nursing graduates from the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters.
“These pass rates provide further verification of the rigor of our program,” Broussard said.
Over the course of the past 25 years, the average first-time pass rate for UL Lafayette graduates has been 96.5 percent, far exceeding both the state and national averages, according to Broussard.
Passage of the NCLEX-RN exams is required by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for licensure of candidates, according to information at www.ncsbn.org.
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