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St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Licensing Exam

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – St. Joseph’s Hospital College of Nursing Dean Marianne Markowitz, MS, RN, reports that 100 percent of the college’s December 2013 graduates have passed the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) on their first attempt. The state mean pass rate year to date is 78.14 percent and the national mean is 83.04 percent.

“I am proud to announce that St. Joseph’s graduates continue to excel on the NCLEX, scoring far above the state and national means,” said Markowitz. “Our graduates achieved this milestone amid an increase in the passing standard. Continuous changes in health care and nursing practice call for a greater level of knowledge, skills and abilities than was previously required.

“St. Joseph’s College of Nursing  graduates demonstrate excellence as registered professional nurses who practice throughout our community as well as nationally,” she added.

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN): “To ensure public  protection, NCSBN Member Board jurisdictions require a candidate for licensure to pass an examination that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.” The licensure exam for registered nurses is the NCLEX-RN.

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing is accredited by its professional nursing accreditor, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, P.A. 19104, (267) 284-5000. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For more information, visit www.sjhcon.org or call 315-448-5040.

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center does not discriminate in the administration of educational policies or programs, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs. The College’s non-discrimination policy is inclusive of, but not limited to, race, age, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran/military status, religion, disability, or political ideology.