Nursing Achieves 100 Percent Pass Rate


Nursing students in Bethel’s graduating class of 2013 have received a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX), which measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse, according to Mary Bess Griffith, Director of Nursing at Bethel.

     The overall pass rate for first-time, U.S. educated nursing students who took the examination in 2013 is 90 percent, according to information provided on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

     “The 100 percent pass rate our students have achieved is a result of the dedication of all faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences and Nursing who are involved in the education of these students,” said Griffith. “It is also a direct reflection of the hard work of our students.”

     Bethel University offers undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and also an online completion RN to BSN for students with an associate degree in nursing or diploma. The nursing program prepares graduates for entry-level registered nurse positions in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings and for entry into advanced degree programs in nursing.

     Faculty and staff at Bethel University commit to providing students with the opportunities, education, experiences, environment, mentoring and leadership necessary for students to achieve their fullest potential as licensed registered nurses.

     The four-year nursing program course of study includes two years to complete academic pre-requisites and two years to complete nursing courses. Each nursing course encompasses a variety of clinical experiences which require the student nurse to give competent care in area hospitals, nursing homes, and other community health care agencies. In fact, Bethel’s course of study is structured so that its students receive 1,125 hours of clinical training. This is more clinical hour training than any other nursing program in the region.

     “We are truly blessed to have such an amazing program to offer to our students,” said Cindy Mallard, Interim Academic Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. “Knowing the commitment of our faculty and staff and the work ethic of our nursing students, the news of the 100 percent pass rate does not really surprise me.”