Licensure Exams and Pass Rates

Completing your degree is just the first requirement if you’ve trained to become a nurse. To ensure public protection, you must also pass an exam in order to apply for licensure.

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Prelicensure graduates

To practice as a registered nurse in the United States, you must first pass NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination). The exam is designed to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of entry-level nursing. The SPU Nursing curriculum and your clinical experiences will assist you in preparing to pass this licensing exam.

In 2014, the NCLEX first-attempt pass rate for SPU prelicensure graduates was 81 percent.

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