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Dordt nursing students close to perfection in national testing

May 14, 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 shows 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.

NCLEX examinations are administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN), to ensure that 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 to both 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 a hospital-based nursing education at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center along with their comprehensive Christian education at Dordt College.

Graduates of the collaborative nursing program give overwhelmingly positive comments about  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. In addition, 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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