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2009 graduates obtain 100 percent passage rate on exams

Posted Jun. 7, 2010

December 2009 graduates of the Kent State University at Ashtabula health care programs in nursing and occupational therapy assistant technology (OCAT) all passed licensing and certification examinations on the first attempt.

The 31 Ashtabula Campus students in nursing passed the state of Ohio NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure EXamination) and all 12 students in the OCAT program passed the National Certification Exam.

KSU at Ashtabula Senior Program Director of Nursing & Allied Health Carol Drennen said that the campus has a long history of NCLEX-RN pass rates of 95 percent or higher. "It is a reflection of the high standards of the nursing program and the excellent instruction provided by a very qualified faculty," Drennen said. "Another key factor is our students' commitment and drive to succeed which contributes to their entering the test well prepared," she said.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology Program Director Julie Mirabell especially agrees with the preparation by the students. "Our students are extremely dedicated to their educations and the field of occupational therapy," Mirabell said. "I believe that it is the combination of the students' hard work, challenging coursework and testing designed to prepare them for the exam that resulted in this level of achievement," she said.

NCLEX examinations are designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. The National Board of Certification Exam assesses the same abilities for occupational therapy assistants.

The national first-time passage rate for the NCLEX-RN was 89 percent in 2010. The first time passage rate for the OTA National Certification Exam was 86 percent in 2009.