NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the third year in a row, Bethel College nursing graduates exceeded the national average pass rate for the licensure examination for registered nurses.
Bethel received a certificate of commendation for the 2013 reporting period from the Kansas State Board of Nursing. KSBN awards these certificates to nursing programs in Kansas that exceed the national pass rate.
The National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses, more commonly known as NCLEX-RN, is required of all nursing graduates before they can be licensed as registered nurses (RNs).
Bethel’s high pass rate is more noteworthy this year since the passing standards have increased, said Bethel Director of Nursing Phyllis Miller.
“We were especially happy to achieve [our] result with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing raising the standard of passing in 2013,” she added. “That makes it more difficult to pass the NCLEX-RN exam.
“In keeping with changing nursing practice, the National Council continually evaluates the skills and abilities needed to safely practice nursing, and adjusts the passing rate accordingly. In a year where one can see dips in NCLEX scores with this adjustment, we were gratified with the excellent efforts of our graduates in achieving these scores.”
Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu