Results of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) have been released and 100% of Marian University’s May 2020 Traditional BSN Nursing graduates passed the test on their first attempt, beating the Wisconsin and national averages by a wide margin.

To become a registered nurse, candidates must pass the NCLEX-RN, a computerized adaptive test based on a practice analysis of knowledge and skills required for entry-level nurses. Nursing programs are often judged on their students’ ability to pass the NCLEX on the first try, which each of Marian University’s 22 graduates did.

Dr. Kim Udlis, Associate Dean and Chief Nurse Administrator, attributes the high pass rate to concentrated efforts the faculty have made to prepare its students for the test. Those efforts include a conversion from a traditional, medical model curriculum to a concept-based curriculum that offers a comprehensive and holistic approach.

Marian University also invested in technology, growing a program that now has four high fidelity simulators that allow students to experience patient care scenarios in obstetrics, pediatrics, acute care, and medical-surgical.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our faculty and our wonderful staff who have worked very hard to ensure our students can achieve this type of success,” Udlis said. “This is a testament to their dedication and commitment to our students.”

The concept-based curriculum allows students to apply conceptual learning to a variety of scenarios, rather than learning each topic in isolation. This enhances students’ critical-thinking skills, allowing them to resolve challenges they have never encountered before.

The nursing program faculty, which includes five Certified Nurse Educators, focuses on supporting each student throughout their academic journey, another factor contributing to the perfect pass rates.

“These results are a great indicator that our curriculum is built to promote student success, and that we have the amazing professors and staff needed to help guide them,” said Dr. Katie Hughes, Undergraduate Nursing Program Director. “We look forward to seeing the future success these students will experience in their careers.”