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November 2008

Release Date: Nov. 3, 2008ASU Logo

ASU Nursing Students Ace State Board Exam

Angelo State University nursing students who completed the 2008 National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) achieved a pass rate above the state average.

Sixty-eight students in the ASU Nursing Department’s associate degree and LVN-to-RN programs took the 2008 NCLEX-RN with 63 posting a passing grade for a 92.65 percent pass rate. That compares favorably to the state average pass rate of 90.68 percent. The 2008 score also surpassed ASU’s 83.56 percent pass rate in 2007.

Dr. Leslie Mayrand, dean of the ASU College of Nursing and Allied Health attributes much of the increased pass rate to the commitment of the nursing faculty and the excellent working relationship between ASU and the local hospitals where nursing students receive much of their hands-on training.

“You have to give a lot of credit to the hospital staff RNs,” Mayrand said. “In addition to the instructors that go with the students to the hospitals, it is that interaction with the working RNs that really makes a difference in a student’s education. I think we have developed such strong relationships with our hospitals and their personnel, it has had a definite impact on our pass rate and why we continue to have very good pass rates.”

ASU’s pass rate also compares favorably to the state’s health science centers and several larger universities, including the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at Tyler, 94.85 percent; UTHSC at Houston, 92.47 percent; UT Medical Branch at Galveston, 88.97 percent; Texas Tech HSC, 86.86 percent; and UTHSC at San Antonio, 85.96 percent. Also, University of Texas-Arlington, 94.59 percent; Baylor University, 94.59 percent; UT-Austin, 92.25 percent; Texas Christian University, 89.84 percent; and UT-El Paso, 88.49 percent.

In the Lone Star Conference, Angelo State’s pass rate was topped by only Texas Women’s University’s 95.76 percent. Other LSC school pass rates included Tarleton State University, 89.29 percent; Midwestern State University, 86.92 percent; and West Texas A&M University, 74.26 percent.