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Graduates of LWC’s Nursing Program Post 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Nursing Exam

Nursing Program Passes ExamCOLUMBIA, KY. -- For the first time in program history, Lindsey Wilson College nursing graduates posted a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination for the academic year 2018-19, marking a milestone for LWC’s baccalaureate nursing program.  

The results are preliminary. The 2019 NCLEX pass rates will be reviewed by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Education Committee in March of 2020 and formally accepted in April. 

“The 100 percent pass rate among our 2019 graduates can be attributed to the hard work put in by our students and our faculty,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Trish Parrish. “Endless hours of studying along with improvements to the program's curriculum have made this possible.”

A total of 17 candidates passed the examination on their first attempt, placing the Lindsey Wilson nursing program among few institutions to accomplish this goal. Parrish says this wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of the nursing faculty and administration. 

“This accomplishment demonstrates that our nursing program has faculty and administration dedicated to enhancing the nursing profession and who are willing to do what is needed to prepare the next generation of nurses for Kentucky.”

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN exam) is the testing standard used to qualify a nurse’s knowledge and ability in patient care upon graduation from an accredited nursing program. Every nurse seeking to become registered is required to pass the rigorous exam to practice in the profession.

“This is a milestone moment for the Lindsey Wilson nursing program,” said LWC Division of Nursing Chair Emiley Button who has been with the nursing program since its inception in 2009. “We are so proud of our faculty and students. This achievement speaks well to the value of a liberal arts nursing education.” 

According to the Council of State Boards of Nursing, the nationwide pass rate for first-time exam takers was 89.7 percent in 2018. 

And Parrish says that Dr. Emiley Button deserves much of the credit for leading this young nursing program to this accomplishment.

“Dr. Button should be recognized for her leadership, which has helped our program become more focused on student achievement, while not lowering expectations.”

The Lindsey Wilson College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. All official reports can be found at the KBN Benchmark link on the LWC nursing program web pages. For more information contact Dr. Emiley Button at or call 270-384-7352.

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