TTU nursing graduates post top pass rate in TBR

Tennessee Tech University nursing graduates can claim membership in a group just crowned number one in the nation.

TTU nursing graduates achieved a higher pass rate among registered nurses taking the National Council Licensure Examination last year than the state, national and Tennessee Board of Regents averages.

With this performance, TTU nursing graduates helped propel Tennessee into the number one spot in the nation, surpassing Oregon as the state with the highest pass rate average, according to a report from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing,

TTU nursing first-time candidates posted an almost 98 percent pass rate. The national average was 85.47 percent, while the state average was 91.98 percent.

"The School of Nursing faculty members have worked diligently to prepare our graduates to sit for the licensing exam as registered nurses," said Sheila Green, School of Nursing director. "They are to be commended for accomplishing this at a time that they are also completing a building project and doubling course offerings and enrollment.

"Graduation is one requirement for practice, and licensure is the other," she added. "Nothing is more disappointing for a graduate than to work hard to achieve graduation, only to be faced with the inability to practice because of lack of success on the licensing exam. Our faculty members are very committed to preparing our graduates for great success."

A total of 2,682 Tennessee nursing graduates too the exam; more than half were from TBR schools. The TBR average, 93.51, trumped state and national averages.

TBR Vice Chancellor Paula Short said, "We owe credit and recognition to our faculty in nursing programs in the TBR system for their extraordinary focus on quality and excellence in the preparation of nursing professionals. We appreciate their hard work and the leadership of the TBR deans and directors of nursing programs and schools."

To be licensed as a registered nurse in Tennessee, a person must achieve a satisfactory passing score on the exam.

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