Dordt College News

Pass rate exceptional for student nurses

February 7, 2010


They don’t claim perfection, but a look at recent pass rates for students enrolled in the collaborative Dordt and St. Luke’s College nursing programs show an exceptionally high performance rate for students taking the NCLEX (National Council Licensure EXamination), a test students must pass to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.

In four of the past five years, 100 percent of the Dordt/St. Luke’s partnership nursing students taking the NCLEX-RN test passed it on their first try. Only one student during that time period didn’t complete the test successfully on the first attempt.

NCLEX examinations are administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN), to insure all nurses entering the U.S. workforce have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide quality nursing care.

The average NCLEX pass rate in Iowa for 2009 is 85 percent, while the national average is 88 percent. Dordt’s Director of Nursing, Dr. Pam Hulstein, says near perfect pass rates over the past several years speak both to the quality of the collaborative nursing program and the students who have chosen to enroll in them.

Dordt College and St. Luke’s College have partnered together in offering nursing education for nearly a decade. A consortium agreement allows dual-enrollment, so nursing students get high-quality, hospital based nursing education at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center along with the best of a comprehensive Christian education at Dordt College.

Dordt College began its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree program in 2005 and is accredited by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The enrollment has steadily increased since then, with 100 students currently enrolled.

St. Luke’s nursing education program has been in existence for over 100 years. The Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) degree is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Clinical instruction offered at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center includes experience in medical-surgical, obstetric, neonatal, intensive care, geriatric, oncology, surgery, emergency/outpatient, and psychiatric care.

Graduates of the collaborative nursing program provide overwhelmingly positive comments regarding their experience. From 2006 through 2009, 100 percent of respondents to a six-month graduate curriculum survey regarded their educational instruction as average or above average. Additionally, 100 percent of employers of RNs from the program in the past four years said overall performance of graduates has been average or above average.

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