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2018 News Nursing Pass Rates
April 04, 2018 : OUC Nursing Programs Achieve Impressive Pass Rates


The Ohio University Chillicothe (OUC) Campus has recently received news that the Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program achieved an 89.47% pass rate with the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) for 2017. The Chillicothe Campus earned the second highest BSN pass rate in comparison to all OHIO’s campuses.


To keep full status with the Board, pass rates must reach 95% of the national average and the benchmark to beat for 2017 was 82.76%. The 2017 national pass rate was 87.12% and the national average for all RN nursing programs in the state of Ohio was 84.96%.    


The pass rate for the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program for 2017 was 87.85%. All pass rates are calculated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for all first-time NCLEX-RN test candidates who completed a registered nurse (RN) education program in Ohio.


Associate Director for the School of Nursing, Ronald Vance, shared, “Our pass rates are reflective of the dedication of our nursing team, which consists of both faculty and staff. We have taken several actions to provide quality education to our students and these rates are proof.”


The past couple of years OUC faculty have amped up the rigor of the nursing programs by refining teaching practices and further developing test writing skills. The Nursing Department also added a high-fidelity patient simulator, known as the CAE Apollo adult patient simulator, to the Nursing Skills Lab. The simulator and nursing skills lab provides realistic situations that require students to put into practice newly learned skills, which is ultimately the best way for students to learn without being in the field.


“None of this would’ve changed without the ongoing support of our faculty. We are lucky to have such an excellent team of nursing faculty who have the amount of experience as they do. Most of our faculty who supervise clinical are doing so in their place of employment, which augments the student experience,” shared Vance.  


Students in the Nursing Program at OUC typically have clinical at Adena Health System, Berger Health System, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, National Church Residences, and Westmoreland Place.  


In addition to the improvements made by the faculty, the Nursing Office closely monitors admission criteria and collects data needed to monitor student success and progression. The addition of a dedicated nursing advisor, Jeremiah Triplett, has also contributed to the growth in student success.


Vance shared, “One of the first things I did when I was hired was advocate for the hiring of a dedicated nursing advisor and Jeremiah has been an asset to our team. He is excellent at advising nursing students and getting them ready for what’s to be expected. He has done a wonderful job.”  


While the ADN program is still a popular program, the BSN program has grown so much over the years. The upcoming fall semester 2018, OUC will be admitting a full class consisting of 48 new students.


Vance shared, “I am proud of the quality of nurses we produce and I am also proud that many of our nurses stay here to work for the community – the same community in which they are educated.”


For more information regarding the nursing programs at OUC, please contact the Nursing Office at 740.774.7282.