First Graduates of Concordia University–Portland’s ABSN Program Achieve 100% NCLEX Pass Rate

Congratulations to our inaugural graduating class on achieving a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Not only did they achieve a perfect pass rate on the exam — the final step toward earning registered nurse licensure — impressively all 12 students did it on the first try.

By comparison, for the year to date as of June 2018, just 92.39% of U.S. students with a BSN degree passed on the first try, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

“It felt really incredible to be part of the first cohort,” says Stephanie Hollingworth, a graduate of Concordia University–Portland’s Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program, class of 2018.

“I felt very prepared to take the NCLEX,” she says, attributing her success to Concordia’s commitment to preparing students via review sessions and Kaplan preparation software available to them as part of the ABSN program.

For Stephanie, passing the NCLEX and accepting a respiratory cardiology RN position at Providence Portland Medical Center the same week was a dream come true, especially considering her future in nursing seemed anything but certain just a few years earlier. Like many qualified applicants, Stephanie kept getting rejected by nursing schools, despite having a high GPA from her previous degree and health care experience as a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

“I had tried so many times to get into nursing school,” explains Stephanie. “I had done everything I could and continued to be turned down over and over. There’s such a need for nurses and there’s such a shortage of programs. If this program had not existed, I would still be working as a medication aide and probably planning on leaving the nursing profession to use my first degree in exercise science.”

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