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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program has recently been recognized as one of the top three pre-licensure nursing programs in the state for 2021 by Nursing Schools Almanac.

The BSN programs offered within Wisconsin were evaluated by Nursing Schools Almanac based on a calculation of each program’s National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) first-time pass rate from 2011 to 2020 and ranked accordingly.

Ranked as number three in the state, the UW Oshkosh BSN program was recognized due to its outstanding NCLEX-RN exam pass rate of 96.1% among first-time test-takers.

Jason Mott

UW Oshkosh College of Nursing (CON) Assistant Dean Jason Mott, the pre-licensure program director, considers the recent recognition to be a great indicator of CON faculty and staff’s success in developing the next generation of scholarly nurse leaders.

“It is great to be recognized as one of the top nursing programs in the state. The College of Nursing at UWO prides itself in our ability to educate high quality nurses to provide healthcare to populations across the state and country,” Mott said.

The NCLEX-RN exam is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States since 1982. The exam serves one purpose: To determine if it’s safe for graduates to begin practice as an entry-level nurse. A passing grade on the exam is required to begin practice.

“We do many things to help students prepare for the NCLEX,” Mott said. “From the beginning of the program, we test students using NCLEX-style questions. We also use ATI tests as a way to measure their readiness by seeing how their standardized test scores compare to students across the country. Finally, in the end courses, we require NCLEX prep, as well as working with members of staff to best prepare students to be successful.”

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