Published on May 26, 2017

UofL-Owensboro Nursing Program Has Perfect First-Time Pass Rate On RN Licensure Exam

The University of Louisville School of Nursing Owensboro Extension program achieved a 100 percent pass rate in 2016 for first-time takers of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The UofL traditional undergraduate nursing program in Louisville achieved a 93 percent pass rate.

State boards of nursing administer the standardized exam to determine whether a prelicensure nursing school graduate is prepared for entry-level practice as a registered nurse. The pass rate includes all graduates who took the NCLEX for the first time in 2016.

“We are thrilled that our program has achieved a perfect pass rate for 2016,” said Amy Higdon, MSN, RN, assistant professor and director of the UofL School of Nursing Owensboro Extension . “This is a huge accomplishment and would not have been possible without the hard work and determination from our students. Thank you to the dedicated faculty and staff who have worked endlessly to support our students and the program.”

The pass rates for UofL’s School of Nursing programs in Louisville and Owensboro are above the national average of 87.8 percent, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

“We have strong programs with faculty and students who work together to succeed," said Ruth Staten, PhD, APRN-CS-NP, associate professor and UofL School of Nursing associate dean for undergraduate programs . "The NCLEX pass rates are just one outcome that demonstrates the excellence that defines our BSN traditional programs. We are very proud of the faculty, staff, students and graduates that contribute to the well-being of the community."


About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit

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