Methodist College Announces 2017 NCLEX_RN Results

(Peoria, IL) – Methodist College Interim Chancellor and President Deborah Garrison, Ph.D., has announced a 93% first-time pass rate in 2017 for Methodist College nursing graduates taking the NCLEX-RN exam. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) released official results this month for those taking the registered nurse licensure exam for the first time upon graduation. IDFPR compiles pass rate data from Illinois approved nursing education programs.

The national and state first-time pass rates for the NCLEX-RN exam in 2017 were 87% and 86%, respectively. With the latest score, Methodist College nursing graduates achieved a pass rate that is more than five percent higher than the national and state averages. To become a Registered Nurse (RN) individuals must complete an accredited registered nursing program and pass the NCLEX-RN exam to obtain a state license to practice nursing.

“This phenomenal news speaks to the education our graduates have received at Methodist College, as well as to their hard work and dedication to their studies. Every faculty and staff member at Methodist College empowers our students with belief in their ability to master the knowledge and skills required to be successful in this noble and demanding profession,” said Interim Chancellor and President Garrison.

“Methodist College’s pass rate is a testament to the dedication of our students in the nursing program and to the faculty and staff who have developed rigorous coursework, testing, and clinical practice to assist our students in achieving such high results,” said Pam Ferguson, Ph.D., interim provost-vice chancellor and dean of nursing at Methodist College. “In a time when the nation is facing a nursing shortage, Methodist College is sending highly educated and trained nurses into the field.” 

Throughout their education at Methodist College, nursing students are afforded opportunities to complete clinical studies at three regional hospitals through UnityPoint Health, and at many clinics and non-profit agencies throughout the greater Peoria area. “We are thankful for the many healthcare colleagues within UnityPoint Health and the community who support our students through these clinical experiences and career pathways upon graduation,” added Dr. Ferguson.

“We appreciate the continuous encouragement, support, and high expectations from our Board of Directors and UnityPoint Health. This is a tremendous achievement for our students and the entire Methodist College community. Over the last five years, Methodist College NCLEX scores have increased each year,” stated Dr. Garrison. 

Methodist College is a four-year college affiliated with UnityPoint Health and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The college offers a pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing program, an RN-BSN degree option, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The baccalaureate and master’s degree nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In addition, the college offers baccalaureate degrees in social work, healthcare administration and management, and certificate programs in medical assistant, nursing assistant and gerontology.