College’s Nursing Graduates Accrue Pass Rate of 97.5% in 2012-13; First Newburgh Class Hits 100%

PHOTO: Students in Newburgh nursing simulation wingMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- This past year’s graduates from the SUNY Orange nursing program far outpaced state and national averages for pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), with all 16 members of the first graduating class from the Newburgh campus posting passing grades.

In total, the College’s nursing graduates from the 2012-13 academic year amassed a 97.5 percent pass rate (78 of 80). The national pass rate for associate degree programs was 79.56 percent while the New York State pass rate was 75.8 percent, according to the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

The Newburgh class, the first to graduate from the recently established degree program offered at the Newburgh campus, and the May 2013 evening nursing program class (11 graduates) both posted 100 percent pass rates. The May 2013 daytime class passed at a 96.2 percent clip.

“I credit our success to having a dedicated team of faculty who work together in providing students with an exceptional nursing education. In addition, our students take their program seriously, work hard inside and outside of the classroom and dedicate themselves to preparing for the NCLEX,” says Pat Slesinski, chair of the College’s nursing department. “What is particularly impressive is that our scores remained high while state and national averages declined by approximately nine to 10 percent. And we are particularly proud of our first Newburgh graduating class.”

The NCLEX is the national nursing licensing examination and is designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level. A passing grade means the graduate is licensed to practice nursing within the state where the test was taken.

Accredited by the National League for Nursing, the SUNY Orange nursing program enjoys a rich history and a 61-year tradition of caring. In 1952, Orange County Community College became the first college in the nation to offer a two-year associate degree program in nursing. The College offers students the opportunity to pursue a nursing degree either through a daytime program or evening-based program on the Middletown campus. Later this month (Dec. 18), the Newburgh campus program, which became available when the College opened Kaplan Hall in January 2011, will celebrate its second graduating class from that campus.

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