Northeast State nursing scores exceed state, national averages

Northeast State’s 2012 nursing graduates notched the program’s best scores ever on the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam with a 97.37 percent first-time pass rate. The rate exceeded state and national scores as well.

“We’re very, very excited over the 97.37 percent rate. The faculty has done a tremendous job with program improvement and working with students – those efforts have really impacted the outcome,” said Dr. Melessia Webb, dean of Nursing. “Also, retention numbers are up. Not only are faculty members working harder, but they also have more students. They have gone above and beyond.”

Ninety-seven percent of 2012 Northeast State Nursing grads passed the national nursing licensure exam this year.

The Northeast State scores eclipsed the state of Tennessee’s 93.77 percent average for 2012, as well as the national pass rate of 90.88 percent. The score is the best result yet for the program, which graduated its first class in 2009.

“Every group of students is different and special, but this group excelled throughout the program,” Webb said.

The exam pass rate is the best result yet for the Northeast State Nursing program, which graduated its first class in 2009.

NCLEX stands for the National Council Licensure Examination. It is a standard exam used in every state. Graduates of LPN, LVN, and RN programs must pass the NCLEX exam to obtain a practicing license. The exam ensures public safety by testing the knowledge of future healthcare practicing professionals. Candidates who pass this exam possess the required knowledge for entry-level, safe and effective practice of nursing.

Northeast State nursing students follow a cohort-based, 65-credit hour associate of applied science degree program with 38 credit hours of nursing-intense course work.  The associate of applied science program is one of the most popular and competitive degree programs at Northeast State.

The College’s division of Nursing is housed at the Regional Center for Health Professions in downtown Kingsport.  For more information about the Northeast State Nursing program, call 423.354.5108 or e-mail

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