February 2, 2012
GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY NURSING PROGRAM SCORES HIGHEST PASS RATE FOR 2011 BSN GRADUATES IN ARIZONA ON LICENSURE EXAM FOR REGISTERED NURSES
GCU's 95 percent pass rate surpasses Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona
PHOENIX (Feb. 02, 2012) - Phoenix-based Grand Canyon University (GCU) achieved an outstanding 95.79 percent pass rate for its nursing program from the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses in 2011.
GCU ranked first among all bachelor's degree nursing programs in the state, including the University of Arizona (95.59 percent), Arizona State University (90.09 percent) and Northern Arizona University (88.69 percent). This exam measures all first-time candidates educated in programs overseen by the Arizona Board of Nursing.
"This score shows just how robust our bachelor's of nursing degree program (BSN) is and the great pride we take in the success of our students," said Anne McNamara, dean of GCU's College of Nursing. "With the addition of our state-of-the-art simulation training lab and partnerships with highly respected health systems, GCU nursing graduates are among the best prepared and sought-after job candidates."
The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses was designed to ensure public protection by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Member Board. The NCSBN jurisdictions require a candidate for licensure to pass this examination, which measures the competencies needed to perform skills safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse. The licensure examination is used by boards of nursing nationwide to assist in making licensure decisions.Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona's premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in seven colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Christian Studies, the College of Fine Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU offers traditional programs on its growing campus, as well as online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. The University's curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit www.gcu.edu
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