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ACU nursing graduates outrank state and national NCLEX first-time test averages



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For 2019, the first-time pass rate for Abilene Christian University nursing graduates taking the NCLEX test was 96.08 percent, exceeding both the state and national program averages. On Friday, the Texas Board of Nursing released first-time pass rates for eligible nursing programs in the state. This marks three years in a row for ACU’s first-time pass rate to surpass 90 percent.

The state average for 2019 was 91.9 percent and the national average was 88.07 percent.

NCLEX, or National Council Licensure Examination, is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States and Canada

“This year’s rate demonstrates that ACU’s nursing program has an ongoing level of excellence,” said ACU School of Nursing Dean Dr. Marcia Straughn. “Three consecutive years of rates above 90 percent, and the 2019 rate of 96.08 percent provides clear evidence that ACU provides an excellent educational program for future professional nurses.”

ACU has offered nursing degrees since 1979, collaboratively for many years, and as part of the School of Nursing since Fall 2013. In Fall 2019, 354 students had declared pre-nursing or nursing as a major. In Fall 2019, 354 students had declared pre-nursing or nursing as a major.

The baccalaureate nursing program at ACU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. For more information, visit

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