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Henderson State Nursing Students Ace National Licensure Exam

All 17 of HSU's spring nursing grads passed the test on their first try, giving Henderson nursing students a 100 percent first-time pass rate.
ARKADELPHIA, AR (News release) - When nursing majors at Henderson State University complete the required coursework to become licensed registered nurses, the final step before starting a career in the medical profession is passing the rigorous National Licensure Exam, also known as the NCLEX-RN. 

Henderson nursing students have always performed well on the exam. This year, all 17 of Henderson’s spring nursing graduates passed the exam on their first try, giving Henderson nursing students a 100 percent first-time pass rate. 

“We’re very excited about our performance,” said Debbie Freyman, assistant professor of nursing. “When the students pass, they are licensed and ready to begin their career. And all 17 already had jobs secured before they graduated.” 

Freyman said students who earn their bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree at Henderson usually have plenty of job opportunities. “While the job market is changing, it still looks good,” Freyman said. 

All students who have successfully completed their academic programs for nursing must take the exam to become licensed registered nurses. Freyman said each year’s class averages about 20 students. 

Henderson’s nursing program prepares novice generalist nurses for success in clinical practice and advanced study and is the only four-year professional nursing program in southwest Arkansas. 

A modern nursing facility features a skills lab with simulator technology. From the start of clinical nursing classes, students gain confidence and insight as they practice patient care skills on simulators before entering instructor-guided clinical experiences that include a broad spectrum of local, regional, and state-wide practice settings for professional nurses. 

The B.S.N. program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. 

Click here for more information about Henderson’s nursing program.

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