Dordt College News

Perfect pass rate for Dordt nurses

August 4, 2010

StudentsAll of the nurses in the collaborative program offered by Dordt and St. Luke’s College passed the national licensure exam on the first attempt. enrolled in the 2009-2010 nursing program offered at Dordt College and St. Luke’s College performed exceptionally well on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a test students must pass to become licensed as a registered nurse.

One hundred percent of the Dordt/St. Luke’s consortium nursing students taking the NCLEX-RN test passed it on the first try this year. The same can be said for five of the past six classes of nursing students enrolled at Dordt.

“We are excited and thrilled on behalf of our students for their excellent performance on this licensure exam,” remarked Dordt’s Director of Nursing, Dr. Pam Hulstein.

The average NCLEX pass rate in Iowa for 2009 is 85 percent, while the national average is 88 percent. Dr. Hulstein says near perfect pass rates over the past several years speak both to the quality of the collaborative nursing program and of the students who have chosen to enroll in it.
NCLEX examinations are administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN), to insure all nurses entering the United States workforce have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide quality nursing care.

Additionally, Dordt's Canadian nursing students who return to Canada have a 100% pass rate for that country's nursing boards as well.

Dordt College and St. Luke’s College have partnered 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 more than 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, psychiatric, geriatric, oncology, surgery, emergency/outpatient, and intensive care.

Graduates of the collaborative nursing program provide overwhelmingly positive comments regarding their experience. 

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