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LSU Alexandria nursing students increase scores on national licensure exam

Released: 12/02/2011

Louisiana State University at Alexandria’s latest nursing graduates earned just under a 97 per cent first-time pass rate for the National Council Licensure exam, the national test required for registered nurses. The performance score is up almost 3 points over last year’s numbers. The national average is 85 per cent and Louisiana’s state average is just over 92 per cent.

“We are extremely proud of our nursing graduates for the success in completing our program and for their performance on NCLEX-RN,” said Dr. Elizabeth Battalora, chair of the Nursing Department.

In 2010, 70 LSU Alexandria nursing graduates attempted the exam with 66 passing on first attempt for a pass rate of about 94 per cent which was above the state average of just over 92 per cent. The program graduated 44 nurses this past May and anticipates 32 graduates later this month.

According to Battalora, the most recent report for the National Council on State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) captured graduating classes from Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. The overall first time pass rate for LSU Alexandria is 96.67 per cent. Sixty graduates attempted the exam and 58 passed on the first try. These numbers represent associate of science in nursing graduates.

The department is now offering an avenue for the associate degree nurses to complete a bachelor of science in nursing at LSU Alexandria. The RN to BSN program provides a seamless transition for students to continue their professional education. Students enrolled in “bridge courses” while pursuing the associate degree can complete the BSN degree in roughly three to four semesters after graduation. The RN to BSN program is designed for the working RN with online and traditional course offerings.

The Department of Nursing at LSU Alexandria offers the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) for qualified individuals who wish to provide direct patient care. The department also offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) which is designed to allow registered nurses educational opportunities to broaden their career pathway. The BSN prepares the student for graduate school to become a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nursing faculty, or nursing administrator. Both programs are accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission, and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

For more information about the LSU Alexandria nursing programs, contact the Department of Nursing at 318-473-6459.

Statistical information includes 2010 data. In 2010, the LSUA nursing program accepted 145 individuals from the 292 qualified applicants The gender make-up of the program is 13 per cent male; 87 per cent female. Seventy-eight per cent of the nursing candidates are white.