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Nazareth Nursing Earns Highest Scores With Nursing Exam Pass Rate

Published January 21, 2019

Nazareth College nursing students outperformed those in all area nursing baccalaureate programs in 2018 with a licensing exam passing rate of 97.87 percent. Passing the Registered Professional Nurse National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) is the required pathway to becoming a licensed professional nurse in the United States, and is widely considered one of the most challenging professional licensure examinations across all occupations.

“It is wonderful to celebrate the hard work and team effort that has led to these results,” said Dr. Mary Dahl Maher, chair of Nazareth’s Nursing Department. “Along with surpassing the pass rate of all other Rochester-area baccalaureate nursing programs, Nazareth College  ranked third in New York State’s traditional pre-licensure baccalaureate programs, well above the state average of  79.54 for those programs, and the national average of 85.56.  

The 12 schools listed below are institutions that resemble Nazareth in size, as well as SUNY Institutions.

Nazareth College                 97.87

Hartwick College                97.56

St. John Fisher College      95.35

SUNY Buffalo                     94.59

SUNY Binghamton             92.68

Utica College Syracuse      90.80

SUNY Brockport                 89.09

Utica College Utica             86.96

Elmira College                    83.82

Roberts Wesleyan              79.25

D’Youville College              79.22

Niagara University             78.57

Nazareth College nursing students learn in state-of-the art nursing facilities after a $3.6M renovation in 2015. Nazareth College has been preparing nurses since 1943 and continues to pursue excellence so that patients can have the highest quality care and graduates are ready for the increasingly complex profession.

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.