The West Virginia University School of Nursing at WVU Tech is celebrating the 2018 bachelor of science in nursing graduates’ 100 percent pass rate on the state licensing exam.

“To have an entire BSN graduating class pass the NCLEX-RN exam at first try is an outstanding accomplishment,” Tara Hulsey, RN, PhD, CNE, FAAN, vice president of health promotion and wellness for WVU and dean of the WVU School of Nursing, said. “The 100 percent pass rate is a testament to our faculty and the exceptional preparation, training and education they provide to our BSN students. We are incredibly proud of our students and their hard work.”

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States and Canada. After graduating from a school of nursing, a nursing school student takes the NCLEX exam to receive his or her nursing license. A nursing license gives an individual the permission to practice nursing, granted by the state where he or she meets the requirements.

“We are very excited by the results and are confident in the abilities of these 15 new nurses,” Crystal Sheaves, PhD, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, chairperson of the WVU School of Nursing in Beckley, said. “We continue to refine our curriculum to help prepare our BSN students and now have a goal of reaching a 100 percent pass rate for each graduating class.”

NCLEX examinations are developed and owned by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN).