UT Martin nursing class achieves 100% NCLEX pass rate
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MARTIN, Tenn. – One hundred percent of nursing graduates from the University of Tennessee at Martin’s 2018 class passed their National Council Licensing Examinations this year as first-time test-takers. The NCLEX is a mandatory examination to receive licensure as a registered nurse, and this total includes students from both the UT Martin main campus and the Parsons Center.
“The faculty at UT Martin value the current and future success of our students. We are committed to ensuring that our graduates are prepared for the NCLEX and their careers in the profession,” said Dr. Mary Radford, associate professor of nursing and department chair. “Our curriculum is challenging yet preparatory for both the NCLEX and clinical practice, and our signature three years of clinical rotations play a key role in students’ preparation.”
UT Martin has educated nurses for more than 45 years, and program graduates hold many positions in the health-care field to make a difference in the lives of their patients.
Students who leave UT Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree complete more than 900 clinical hours in hospitals and health-care facilities across the state and gain experience in surgical, intensive care, maternity, pediatric, geriatric, mental health and emergency units, among others. Classes are also provided on topics such as leadership skills and community-based nursing in addition to clinical learning opportunities.
“I think no matter where you attend school, the NCLEX is nerve-wracking. However, UTM prepared me more than I ever expected. We have a 100 percent NCLEX pass rate for a reason,” said Brittany Benjamin, a 2018 graduate from South Fulton. “Although I was nervous, I was confident after I left (the exam). … It’s all because UT Martin sets their standards high, and we all excel because of it.”
Benjamin has secured a position in the orthopedic trauma unit at Vanderbilt University and says interviewers were impressed by her academic resume.
“It goes to show how amazing our program is and how well known we are to employers. They know this program prepares us for life after graduation. Out of the largest selection of applicants at Vanderbilt, I landed my dream job, and I do believe that graduating from such a rigorous program is what helped separate me from other (applicants),” she said.
Students can earn a UT Martin nursing degree on the main campus in Martin and at the UT Martin Parsons Center. The RN-BSN bridge program for currently licensed nurses is available online.
For more information on the UT Martin Department of Nursing, contact the department directly at 731-881-7080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO ID: Nursing students monitor simulated vital signs in a campus laboratory.