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ADA – If you have ever wondered how successful East Central University’s Nursing program really is, just take a look at the test results.

ECU’s 2020 Nursing graduates posted a whopping 94.29% composite first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam, which is the mandatory test that determines if the candidate is safe to begin practice as an entry-level nurse. The NCLEX is available only to students who have already completed an accredited nursing program. There are two variations, one for registered nurses and one for practical nurses.

“Our faculty and students work very hard for this moment and they have all done an amazing job,” said Darcy Duncan, director of ECU’s School of Nursing. “I’m so proud of all of them. What a way to finish!”

ECU’s Nursing program is highly competitive, with a maximum of 82 new students admitted each year. That means the highest number of students in the program at any given time is 246. The 94.29% rate equates to 66 of 70 ECU Nursing graduates passing the NCLEX on the first attempt.

“We are thrilled with the results and we have come to expect this kind of excellence from the Nursing program, as we do with all of our graduates,” said Dr. Katricia Pierson, ECU president. “Professor Duncan and the Nursing faculty do an incredible job preparing our students for success after graduation.”

ECU’s Nursing program maintains a presence on the main campus in Ada as well as a satellite campus in Durant. Students on the main ECU campus passed the NCLEX at a rate of 94.87% and students on the Durant campus were very close behind with a pass rate of 93.55%. The national first-time pass rate in 2020 was less than 90%.

The NCLEX exam was developed, and is owned, by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing which administers it on behalf of member boards in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.


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