ADN grads achieve 100% pass rate on NCLEX

The recent graduating class of the Gaston College Associate Degree Nursing program earned a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX, an exam that tests the competency of nursing school graduates prior to their licensing. The average NCLEX pass rate in the United States is around 80%, and in North Carolina it is 90.8%.

The 48 students graduated on May 10 and between that date and August took the updated version of the exam, which went into effect on April 1, 2023. This Next Gen NCLEX (NGN) focuses more on assessing clinical decision-making through case studies and has more realistic questions than the previous version; therefore, preparing for this exam makes students better equipped for their first day as a nurse.

The five-semester ADN program trains students to assess, analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care. “We are so proud of our graduates,” said nursing instructor Melinda West. “The NCLEX exam is very challenging, and all of them demonstrated that they’ve gained the knowledge and skills they’ll need to be dedicated and excellent nurses.” They are well on their way to starting their careers. All of the nursing students received job offers after graduation.

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