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October 18, 2022

La Salle nursing graduates exceed the Pennsylvania and national averages with a 91.5% first-time pass rate on national NCLEX exam

Nursing student sim lab

Students have averaged a 93% pass rate over the last six testing cycles.

Graduates of La Salle University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program achieved a 91.59% first-time pass rate on their national licensure exam for the most-recent testing cycle—a pass rate that exceeds the Pennsylvania and national averages.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing confirmed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) first-time pass rate for La Salle’s recently graduated nursing students during the most-recent exam cycle, for the period of Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2022. 

With their 91.59% first-time pass rate, La Salle nursing graduates outperformed the averages of their national (79.92%) and Pennsylvania (84.37%) counterparts during the same cycle period.

This is the fifth time in the last six testing cycles that La Salle’s nursing students have registered a 90% first-time pass rate or better. In that span, La Salle’s nursing students have achieved a 93% overall first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.

Preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination is threaded throughout La Salle’s undergraduate nursing program, said Kathleen Czekanski, Ph.D., R.N., who serves as the dean of La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. That preparation continues after graduation, as well, she added. 

“Many students continue working closely with our tutor and retention coordinator, who offers NCLEX support sessions that focus on cognitive behavioral techniques, content reviews, and test-taking strategies,” said Czekanski, also a professor of nursing at La Salle. “This personalized support clearly aligns with the student-centered mission of La Salle University and the undergraduate nursing program, and has been well received by our graduates.” 

La Salle’s nursing students complete a rigorous program that is “focused on preparing them for the complexity of today’s healthcare environment,” Czekanski said. “During their time at La Salle, students have access to classroom settings that focus on active-learning strategies, in addition to clinical experiences and simulations. These are designed to help them develop clinical judgment skills, an important focus for nurses in practice.” 

—Christopher A. Vito