Graduates ace licensing exam

Nursing graduate Chelsea Smith '12
Nursing graduate Chelsea Smith '12
Feb. 6, 2012 - Quinnipiac nursing graduates continued to pass the national licensing exam for nurses in high numbers last year. Roughly 97 percent of the university's 2011 bachelor's degree nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination. Quinnipiac nursing graduates have consistently had one of the highest pass rates of any four-year college in Connecticut.

"This year's pass rate is our highest in 10 years," said Lisa O'Connor, associate professor of nursing and director of the undergraduate nursing program. "Our program utilizes a holistic framework and fosters professional socialization for future roles and responsibilities within the profession," O'Connor said. "This year's pass rate demonstrates the strong caliber of our students. It also is representative of the strength of our curriculum and of the nursing faculty and staff."

For calendar year 2011, Connecticut ranked third nationally in overall pass rates, behind Vermont and New Hampshire--both states with less than 650 nursing graduates per year. Connecticut ranked highest among states graduating more than 1,000 associate and bachelor's degree nursing students per year.

"Faculty members pay a great deal of attention to students' progress throughout the program. Our pass rates are a testament to the personalized educational experience at Quinnipiac's School of Nursing," said Jean Lange, founding dean of the School of Nursing.