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February 2003

Release Date: February, 2003

ASU Nursing Licensure Pass Rates Surpass State, National Averages

For the third straight year, the pass rate of Angelo State University's graduating nursing students taking the National Council Licensing Exam for Nursing has exceeded both the state and national averages.

ASU Nursing Department Head Dr. Edward L. Russell reported that 40 out of 42 students taking the test during the previous testing cycle passed the licensing test. Their performance equates to a 95.2 percent pass rate. This year the state average for similar programs was 87 percent and the national average for the same period was 86.6 percent.

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the high pass rate on the RN licensing exam ranked ASU's registered nurse program in the top 17 percent of all 1,357 U.S. nursing programs.

Russell reported that ASU's RN licensure pass rate exceeded that of all other West Texas nursing programs of similar size or larger during the latest testing cycle.

Said Russell, "We are especially pleased to be ranked in the top 17 percent of all nursing programs in the nation. Our excellent pass rates demonstrate the ongoing commitment of our nursing faculty and university administration to the mission of educating quality professional nurses to provide excellent care to the citizens of the Concho Valley, West Texas and beyond."

Students are admitted to ASU's 24-month RN program each summer. ASU's Nursing Department will celebrate its 35th anniversary this fall.