For the fifth year in a row Presentation College is well above the national average for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which is an exam required to get licensed to legally practice as a nurse in the United States.
After successful completion of the appropriate nursing school, a prospective nurse must pass one of two versions of the NCLEX in order to obtain a license to practice. The NCLEX-RN is required to become a Registered Nurse (RN) and the NCLEX-PN is required to practice as a Practical Nurse (LPN or LVN).
According to the South Dakota NCLEX Summary, Presentation College finished 2013 with a 100 percent pass rate for its associate degree program and a nearly 90 percent pass rate for those obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
“It is great that we have had such a remarkable pass rate over the past few years,” said Illa Reeve, PC Nursing Department Chair. “But what is even more significant is the fact that even more qualified nurses will be able to enter the workforce.”
NCLEX examinations are designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level.
“I feel that our success on the NCLEX is a direct result of the diligence of the nursing faculty and the hard work our nursing students have put in throughout their time here.”
In addition to the pass rates at the Aberdeen Campus, PC also had an NCLEX pass rate of nearly 90 percent at its outreach campus in Fairmont, Minn.