UHV students achieve best Texas university nursing exam pass rate

Dec. 14, 2013 at 6:14 a.m.

Recent graduates of the University of Houston-Victoria Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing have the highest first-time nurse licensing exam pass rate for universities in the state.

The first-time pass rate for UHV Second Degree BSN students was 97.3 percent on the National Council Licensure Exam-Registered Nurse, the Texas Board of Nursing recently announced.

Students from 39 Texas universities took the exam from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30. The average pass rate for university-prepared BSN students statewide was 86 percent.

"I'm extremely proud of our faculty and students," said Kathryn Tart, founding dean of the UHV School of Nursing. "Nursing is a practiced profession. We are all concerned about our patients. We want the best. We've strived to make sure our graduates are ready, willing and able to make great leaders in the nursing profession."

Students who have completed an approved nursing program are eligible to take the state exam. A passing score grants the test taker a Texas nursing license.

In the UHV School of Nursing, the test is taken by Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing students. Thirty-six UHV students passed the test during the time period. Students in UHV's other nursing programs had already passed the exam prior to studying at UHV.

UHV's Second Degree BSN program was approved in 2008 by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Tart said the board approved the program as an innovative way to address the state's nursing shortage. The UHV program allows students with a degree in another field to become registered nurses through a 12-month, intensive program.

For more information about the UHV School of Nursing, visit uhv.edu/nursing or call 877-970-4848, ext. 4370.



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