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Nurses Receive Superior Score on Licensure Exam

Congratulations to 2023 graduates of the Edgecombe Community College Associate Degree Nursing program, who scored 97 percent on the national licensure exam for registered nurses. The national pass rate is 87 percent.

May 2023 graduates of Edgecombe Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program scored 97 percent on the national licensure exam for registered nurses, besting the national pass rate by 10 percent.

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) pass rate for 2023 is 87 percent.

The NCLEX-RN measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as an entry-level nurse. ECC’s Associate Degree Nursing Class of 2023 was a large class of 39 members. All 39 members have taken the NCLEX, and 38 passed on their first attempt.

According to Ami Denton, director of nursing programs at ECC, “A new model of the NCLEX launched this year called the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN). The NGN better measures a nurse’s ability to think critically and make the right decisions.

“Our faculty have been preparing for the change through professional development focused on student preparation. They also implemented creative strategies in the classroom and clinical settings to strengthen students’ critical thinking skills.

“We are very proud of our outstanding students and instructors,” she adds.