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Thursday, November 10, 2011

SU Nursing Again Earns High NCLEX Pass Rates

NursingSALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University nursing students are among the state’s best — again.

According to the Maryland Board of Nursing, SU had the highest pass rate of all University System of Maryland campuses on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in 2010-2011.

With some 95.51 percent of students passing on the first try, SU topped peers including Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

SU now has the highest five-year average pass rate in Maryland for B.S.-granting institutions at 93.77 percent.

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“The University has been committed to helping alleviate the national nursing shortage,” said Dr. Karen Olmstead, dean of the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology.  “Our outstanding faculty are preparing students for success academically — and in their field.”

“This is yet another example of the superior performance of our nursing students,” said Dr. Lisa Seldomridge, chair of the Nursing Department.  “They must pass the NCLEX to practice as a registered nurse, and their high pass rate is evidence of their quality preparation.”

The statistics represent students in SU’s two undergraduate nursing tracks:  traditional first-degree students and accelerated second-degree students.  Last year, some 85 out of 89 passed on the first try.  

For more information contact SU’s Department of Nursing at 410-543-6420 or visit the Web site at

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