Sacred Heart Nursing Students Hit High Test Scores

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A new report shows nursing students at Connecticut’s Sacred Heart University have achieved a historically high rate on a national licensing exam.

The Chicago-based National Council on State Boards of Nursing says Sacred Heart students scored an average of 95 percent on the most recent test, which measures their accumulated knowledge from four years of study.

The average national pass rate is 87 percent on the test, known as the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Students take the exam after receiving at least a bachelor’s degree and must pass it before they can become a registered nurse.

Anne Barker, head of Sacred Heart’s nursing school, says its students usually average higher than 90 percent, but that the 95 percent average was exceptionally high.

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Online: http://www.sacredheart.edu

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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