November 27, 2017

NDMU Nursing School Graduates Rank as One of the Highest in Maryland

Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) School of Nursing graduates scored a 94.5 % first attempt pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for 2017 as reported by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

NDMU students scored well above Maryland’s average pass of 83.87% and was the second highest in Maryland.

NCLEX-RN is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice. Upon passing the NCLEX-RN, a nursing graduate assumes the official title of Registered Nurse. A program’s first-time pass rate is a good indicator of the rigor of the curriculum and whether future employers will be inclined to hire their graduates.

“The high pass rate is a reflection of our students’ commitment to becoming compassionate and professional nurses committed to excellence in nursing practice that leads to optimal patient care. We challenge students to care, lead, and serve in a supportive learning environment that is grounded in caring science. Our program of study incorporates evidence-based testing strategies from the first nursing course and continued support post-graduation until a student has successfully passed the NCLEX-RN examination,” explains Dr. Kathleen Wisser, Dean of the School of Nursing. “Our faculty members are committed to ensuring that NDMU nursing students have the knowledge, skills, and experience to meet their first professional benchmark—being successful on NCLEX-RN.”  

The Entry-Level program is the newest program in the School of Nursing; NDMU graduated its third class in 2017. Students enter the university as nursing majors in their freshmen or sophomore year and can progress directly into the nursing program as junior students.

Also, students who complete pre-requisites elsewhere may transfer into the nursing program as junior nursing students. 

The School of Nursing has a long-standing and exceptional reputation throughout Maryland.

NDMU started educating nurses in the RN to BSN program beginning in 1979. NDMU offers an on-ground and online RN to BSN degree program. The program provides an integrated curriculum of liberal arts and nursing courses grounded in caring science designed to meet the specific needs of registered nurses who are associate-degree prepared. NDMU’s Master of Science in Nursing has two concentrations—Leadership in Nursing Education and Leadership in Nursing Administration. The Leadership in Nursing Administration concentration provides a pathway for nurses to lead change across a variety of healthcare settings. The Leadership in Nursing Education concentration prepares caring and compassionate nurse educators to teach in academic and/or clinical practice settings. The RN to BSN and MSN programs are offered at the main campus and at specific sites in Maryland.

A highlight of the School of Nursing is the Center for Caring with Technology, an 8300 square foot clinical simulation lab that includes an array of learning spaces: two health assessment and adult medical-surgical labs; an obstetrical, newborn, and pediatric lab with a home health component; and two standardized patient examination rooms. The Center is equipped with an audio/visual capture system and state-of-the-art high fidelity human patient simulators. Our cutting edge Center for Caring with Technology fosters varied and intensive simulations and is used in all programs and extensively in the Entry-Level program.