RN exam pass rates for UTPA students among highest in the state
Posted: 11/06/2012
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Students in the UTPA Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program celebrate during a pinning ceremony Dec. 14, 2012. Students enrolled in the BSN program have a 96.94 percent passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination.

The University of Texas-Pan American's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program has among the highest pass rates in the state of its students taking the required exams for licensure.

UT Pan American has a 96.94 passing rate among students who have taken theNational Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012, according to a report the Texas Board of Nursing released. In that year, 95 out of 98 UTPA BSN students passed the exam, placing the University's passing rate in the top third in the state.

Of the BSN programs offered at schools within The University of Texas System, only the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston had a higher passing rate of 98.56 percent.

This is the fifth year that the UTPA students' NCLEX pass rate has been above 90 percent, said Dr. Carolina Huerta, Lillian O. Slemp Endowed Professor and chair of the university's Nursing Department.

Huerta said she credits this success to the leadership of Dr. Sandy Sánchez, BSN program coordinator, as well as the dedicated BSN program faculty who provide a quality educational program to its students.

"These graduates are now providing a high standard of care to the residents of our Rio Grande Valley community, Texas and beyond," Huerta said. "To say that I am proud of our program licensure pass rates is definitely an understatement."

To learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, visit the department's website.