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UR Nursing Achieves Historic 100% Pass Rate on Next Generation NCLEX

  By Nora Williamson
  Monday, May 20, 2024

The University of Rochester School of Nursing proudly announces that its graduates from the Accelerated Bachelor’s in Nursing program have achieved a remarkable 100 percent pass rate on the Next Generation NCLEX exam. This historic milestone was reached by graduates from the May 2023, August 2023, and December 2023 cohorts, marking a significant achievement for the School’s innovative educational initiatives.

Louis Rosario-McCabe hugging a bachelor's in nursing student at the 2023 Graduation Ceremony.The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is the test that all state boards of nursing use to determine qualification for licensure for graduates of nursing programs. The Next Generation (NGN) NCLEX, a new testing model introduced last year, was designed to address the need for newly licensed nurses to make complex clinical decisions. The revamped exam aims to better assess nursing candidates’ clinical judgment and decision-making abilities through real-world case studies.

“This achievement is not just a testament to the hard work of our students, but also to the dedication of our faculty and staff who have embraced these innovative teaching methods,” said Lisa Brophy, EdD, RN, MSBA, CNE, assistant dean for education. “Our 100 percent pass rate on the Next Generation NCLEX demonstrates our ability to prepare nursing graduates to excel in their careers and provide high-quality care to their patients.”

The UR School of Nursing’s success is attributed to its Redefining Our Classroom Initiative (iROC), which has transformed traditional lecture-style learning into a dynamic, technology-driven environment. The iROC initiative focuses on enhancing critical thinking and clinical judgment skills, essential for the evolving health care landscape. This approach has earned the school recognition as an Apple Distinguished School.

As the School continues to evolve, it remains committed to supporting the success of its students through cutting-edge educational practices and a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This commitment fosters a safe and supportive learning environment.

Students in the Accelerated Bachelor’s in Nursing program undergo rigorous training in a state-of-the-art learning environment, designed to replicate real clinical scenarios for hands-on learning. In just one-year, students are prepared to take the NGN NCLEX to become certified and begin practicing as RNs.

“Being able to make mistakes in a safe environment is crucial for learning and growth,” said Luis Rosario-McCabe, DNP, RN, CNE, CNL, WHNP-BC, FNAP, co-director of the Accelerated Nursing Programs. “Our NCLEX pass rates are a clear indicator of our effective preparation strategies.”

Read more about the University of Rochester's Accelerated Nursing Programs or contact the Admissions Office for information about how to apply at

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