Nursing Students at SNU achieve 100% "First Time Pass Rate" on the National Licensure Exam

     The School of Nursing at Southern Nazarene University recently reported that its 2009 graduating class had achieved a 100% “First Time Pass Rate” on the National Licensure Exam (NCLEX). 

“In order for graduate nurses to receive their license and practice as Registered Nurses (RNs) each student must pass the NCLEX. Although students may retake the NCLEX, it is the “first attempt” test results that reflect on the nursing program,” said Dr. Carol Dorough, EdD, MSN, RN at Southern Nazarene University. “This past year The School of Nursing at Southern Nazarene University had a small class, which made it even more significant that all students were successful. We are glad to report that the 2009 nursing graduate class at SNU had a 100% “First Time Pass Rate.”

Dr. Dorough stated that she felt the 100% “First Time Pass Rate” was related to a combination of changes that had been implemented within the nursing department at SNU. Policy changes related to admission, progression, and grading resulted in higher standards, which were reflected in improved student outcomes.

The number of students being admitted to the SNU nursing program has steadily increased over the past few years. This is evidenced by the fact that SNU has 12 students in the senior class this year, 21 students in the junior class, and 33 students in the sophomore class.

“The nursing faculty at Southern Nazarene University is incredible. Their commitment to each student has made all the difference. True caring and concern for each student is what I attribute to the “First Time Pass Rate,” said Dr. Dorough.

The nursing program at Southern Nazarene University is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Three nursing programs are available at Southern Nazarene University: Traditional 4-year baccalaureate program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a nursing major; Accelerated RN to BS program for associate degree or diploma educated nurses which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a nursing major; and Accelerated Master of Science degree for nurses who wish to become effective nurse educators and nurse leaders.
Southern Nazarene University is located at 6729 NW 39th Expressway in Bethany, Oklahoma. For more information on the Nursing Program at Southern Nazarene University, e-mail Carol Dorough, EdD, MSN, RN at

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university-a service of the Church of the Nazarene. SNU is a faith-filled community, educating students for responsible Christian living through its motto; building CHARACTER, shaping CULTURE, and serving CHRIST. Excellence in academics, athletics, a spirit of community and service are encouraged by faculty committed to helping students make a difference in the world.