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Nursing graduates pass licensure exam at state's fourth highest rate

Recently posted statistics show LU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates passed the Texas Board of Nursing National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses examination from October 2010 to September 2011 at a rate of more than 97 percent.

Lamar’s rate was the fourth highest in Texas with only the graduates of the nursing programs at the University of Texas and Texas A&M health science centers and a much smaller program at East Texas Baptist University passing at a higher rate.

After completing degree requirements through didactic courses, laboratory assignments and clinical experience, graduates must meet criteria established by the Texas Board of Nursing in order to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Graduates must pass this exam in order to receive licensure to practice professional nursing.

Under the direction of Eileen Deges Curl, chair of the department, 71 candidates took the NCLEX exam and 69 passed.

“The JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing at Lamar University is leading the way for the nursing community by providing excellent career preparation for our students,” Curl said. “This is an outstanding compliment to our department faculty and clinical agencies, as well as validating the quality of our BSN curriculum.”

For more information about the JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, call (409) 880-8868.