In 2009, Chancellor James A. Anderson made the decision to close the pre-licensure program in response to low NCLEX pass rates. From 2009-2013, while admitting no new students into the program, FSU selected a new department chair, employed new faculty, and completely overhauled program requirements and curriculum.
In 2011, the North Carolina Board of Nursing approved the revised curriculum and authorized FSU to admit new students beginning in January 2013. Of the 25 students originally admitted, 15 completed bachelor’s degrees in December 2014. To practice nursing, however, these graduates must earn a passing score on the NCLEX. All 15 passed the exam upon their first effort.
“These stellar results prove the quality of the curriculum, faculty, and departmental leadership we put in place after making the difficult decision to close our pre-licensure program,” Chancellor Anderson said. Anderson praised department chair Dr. Afua Arhin, the nursing department faculty, and Dean David Barlow for their hard work that made this perfect pass rate possible.
Pass rates of graduates on the NCLEX are generally regarded as the most important measure of nursing program quality. According to the NC Board of Nursing website, the 2014 national pass rate for bachelor’s degree students is 84% and 89% for North Carolina graduates. FSU and Western Carolina University are the only two North Carolina universities with a perfect NCLEX pass rate in 2014.
All scores reported are for first-time test takers.
The pre-licensure program is one of two tracks FSU offers students to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The pre-licensure program curriculum is a 4-year program that prepares students for licensure as they earn a bachelor’s degree, while the other track, the RN-BSN, enables licensed registered nurses to complete requirements for the bachelor’s degree.
For more information, contact Office of Academic Affairs, 910-672-1460.