ASN Students

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s associate of science in nursing (ASN) graduates recently earned a 100% NCLEX exam pass rate with all students successfully passing their first attempt.

The Mississippi Board of Nursing confirmed that all 49 ASN graduates from The W passed the NCLEX exam on the first attempt. The report accounted for all graduates who took the NCLEX exam in the spring of 2021.

“This is just outstanding. The accolades truly go to our amazing faculty and dedicated students who not only persevered but surpassed expectations under such extenuating circumstances,” said Dr. Brandy Larmon, chair of the ASN program.

Over the past three years, the program averaged a 92% first-time pass rate and 100% job placement. Online rankings have recently positioned The W’s ASN at the top of the state and as a national leader due to the success of the program’s NCLEX pass rates. In 2020, ranked The W’s ASN program highest of Mississippi’s 23 programs and eighth in the nation.

“We want our students to be ready to practice as a nurse. The high pass rate means that the students are able to go to work immediately. Our W graduate nurses are ready to provide quality, safe patient care,” said Dr. Tammie McCoy, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The National Council Licensure Examination, known as the NCLEX, is a standardized test that covers the categories of clients’ needs such as health promotion, health maintenance and effective care environments. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing administers the exam.

The W’s associate of science in nursing program prepares nurses to provide care to patients in the community with acute and chronic health care needs where policies and procedures reflect current nursing standards of care and practices.

The department provides two tracks: a Generic Option for qualified students that currently do not have any experience in nursing, and an Advanced Placement Option for students with an LPN to become an RN.

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Aug. 5, 2020
Contact: Tyler Wheat
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