MidAmerica Nazarene University received the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) Certificate of Excellence in recognition of the nursing program’s pass rate that was above the national average for first-time takers of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The award covers the testing period from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. The exam must be passed to receive licensure as a registered nurse.

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), which administers the test, about 88 percent of U.S. educated bachelor’s-prepared nursing graduates passed the test on their first attempt in 2011, while KSBN reports a 2011 state pass rate of 86 percent. MNU’s traditional BSN-prepared graduates can boast a 93 percent first-time pass rate. Additionally, 100 percent of the 2011 graduates of the university’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program passed on the first attempt.

Susan Larson, PhD, dean of MNU’s School of Nursing and Health Science credits exceptional students and a dedicated faculty.

“Congratulations to our hard working faculty for preparing our students for this significant achievement,” Larson said.