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More than 95 percent of OSU-OKC nursing graduates pass next-generation licensing exam

Students from Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City’s nursing school continue to perform ahead of state and national averages on national licensure exams.

For the period of April 1 – June 30, which is the first testing period under the Next-Gen NCLEX, OSU-OKC had an NCLEX pass rate of 95.45 percent.

In comparison, the state pass rate is 93.77%  and the national pass rate is 94.31%.

On April 1, 2023, the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing launched the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) Examination, an enhanced version of its predecessor, the NCLEX.

“It is obvious that the last couple of years’ worth of work in preparation for NGN was well worth the effort,” said Tracy Edwards, Nurse Science department head.

Sixty-three of OSU-OKC’s 66 students first-time testing passed the NGN. 

Previous quarterly pass rates were:

•             OSU-OKC: 82.19%

•             State: 75.72%

•             National: 80.48%

Faculty have been preparing for the transition over the last two years.  Through changes to the way that content is being presented, incorporating next-gen style question formatting into class presentations and other activities, and mimicking next-gen style questions on exams, faculty continue to evolve and refine ways to enhance students’ clinical judgment and decision-making.

OSU-OKC’s nursing program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

The nursing program at OSU-OKC ranks in the top five programs in the state according to  Applications are being accepted for the traditional nursing program until Sept. 1. For those interested in the LPN to RN program, applications for the January start will be accepted from Sept. 1 – Dec. 1.  For more information, call (405) 945-3210.

About Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) is part of the modern land-grant system of Oklahoma State University. OSU-OKC is a two-year public institution, offering more than 40 degrees and certificate options. Through quality education, a supportive environment, leadership training and service opportunities, OSU-OKC trains students to work and educates them to lead. OSU-OKC graduates are found throughout the community serving as police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, healthcare professionals and business owners. More information is available at