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WTAMU Nursing Program Continues Success with First-Time Pass Rate Performance

Nov. 19, 2013

CONTACT:    Dr. J. Dirk Nelson, 806-651-3501, jdnelson@wtamu.edu

Nursing Program Continues Success with First-Time Pass Rate Performance

CANYON, Texas—Nursing is one of many vital elements within healthcare, and it is a comprehensive one that caters to multiple aspects of patient care. Due to unprecedented growth in the healthcare sector around the world, a large number of nursing staff will continue to be needed across the globe. Since 1974 the Department of Nursing at West Texas A&M University has trained students to become registered nurses, as well as nurse practitioners, many of whom remain in the Panhandle, contributing to the health, productivity and security of citizens in the region.

WTAMU’s nursing graduates for 2012-13 achieved a first-time pass rate of 94.5 percent on the NCLEX, licensing examination. The University’s performance in this assessment exceeded nursing graduates from Texas Tech University, Texas Christian University and Baylor University as well as the University of Texas at Austin. For the past three years, WTAMU’s nursing department has received commendations from the Texas Board of Nursing with its licensing pass rates averaging 95.5 percent.

“This NCLEX success is the result of the efforts of everyone in the nursing department along with our great students,” Dr. Helen Reyes, head of the WTAMU Department of Nursing, said. 

Recent graduates of University’s nursing program have stated:
• Nursing students are encouraged to get involved;
• Faculty are knowledgeable, professional, approachable and great communicators;
• WT’s nursing professors are inspiring, enthusiastic educators; and
• I always knew that my questions, concerns and needs would be answered.

Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of nursing at WTAMU. 

“We look forward to celebrating this milestone with a number of important events and initiatives,” Dr. J. Dirk Nelson, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said. 

Tentative plans for the anniversary include inviting alumni, government officials and nursing leaders to campus to discuss the future of nursing as well as the implications of both an aging population and nursing workforce. 

“WT Nursing is helping identify pragmatic solutions to fundamental health-related problems faced daily in the Panhandle including primary care andpreventive behavior along with providing services to those who otherwise may not have access” Nelson said.



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