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WIU Nursing Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Licensure Exam

September 20, 2021

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MACOMB, IL – Every one of the 30 Spring 2021 prelicensure graduates of Western Illinois University's School of Nursing have passed their National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) examination on the first attempt.

This is the second time the department has achieved a 100 percent pass rate since the program was established in 2009. The last perfect score came in 2018.

"Keep in mind, these student all had their education interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions," said WIU School of Nursing Director P. Lea Monahan. "These restrictions reduced clinical and most of their theory was via ZOOM. The faculty worked hard to help students overcome these difficulties. I am proud of the students and the faculty."

WIU began offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in Fall 2009. Once a student graduates and passes their boards, they are a BSN, RN.

The program boasts a 100 percent job placement rate upon graduation, study abroad opportunities and computer simulators that helps engage active learning.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) approved the program in 2008. Since the program began, numerous additions have been made including the online RN to BSN program. The WIU School of Nursing has also received numerous accolades for program quality and affordability.

Most recently, the program was named one of the best online RN to BSN programs for 2022.

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