Muskingum University today announced every graduate from the 2019 class of its acclaimed nursing program passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) on their first attempt, marking the fourth consecutive year with a perfect pass rate. In 2018, only 10 programs out of more than 100 in Ohio had a perfect pass rate on the first attempt.
Muskingum University’s nursing program combines the best of the institution’s liberal arts and sciences with a structured nursing curriculum to build a comprehensive Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N) experience. This experience, which includes a focus on interactive learning, prepares students for both the NCLEX exam and their professional careers, according to Dr. Cynthia Wilkins, director and chair of nursing programs at Muskingum University.
“Our program is designed to develop the critical thinking and communication skills students need to navigate the sometimes unpredictable and fast-paced nursing profession,” said Dr. Wilkins. “We focus on interactive learning in the classroom coupled with simulated, hands-on learning in the lab, along with clinical experience, to instill the cognitive knowledge and assessment skills needed for professional success in our field.”
To prepare students for the NCLEX exam, program faculty members begin working with sophomore students as early as fall semester. Dr. Wilkins said by the time students reach the NCLEX exam, they have already answered approximately 10,000 test questions throughout their time in Muskingum University’s nursing program, providing a solid knowledge base for the exam. Nursing faculty also invite area employers on campus to conduct mock interviews to prepare students for their careers and develop a rapport with hiring managers.
Muskingum’s nursing program is comprised of five, full-time faculty members, each of whom continue to practice in the nursing profession. By remaining active in the field, program instructors understand current practices and methodologies, which is a proven benefit to students.
“Our students are involved in simulated and situational learning with our experienced faculty from day one, which develops a camaraderie that is unmatched,” said Dr. Wilkins. “This commitment to student success is the bedrock of Muskingum University and is one of the reasons students attend, then succeed beyond our campus.”
In 2016, the University’s nursing program received a 10-year accreditation – the most that a program can be awarded – by meeting all four standards from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Nursing programs become CCNE-accredited as a mark of excellence in nursing education.
Muskingum offers two programs – the bachelor’s degree program for traditional pre-licensure students and an adult, online R.N. to B.S.N. program for established nurses wishing to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing.