Southern Vermont College nursing graduates pass licensure exam at 100%

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Southern Vermont College nursing graduates pass licensure exam at 100%

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southern Vermont College (SVC) is pleased to announce that the College’s 2017 pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates had a 100% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The NCLEX is the national standardized examination required for nurses to receive a license to practice their profession.

SVC’s cumulative first-time pass rate for the 2016 and 2017 pre-licensure BSN classes is 94.4%, surpassing the 2016 national average of 84.5% and the 2015 Vermont average of 84%.

According to SVC Nursing Program Director Dr. Mary Botter, “The Nursing Program faculty and I are proud of our students, graduates and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.  We have developed a curriculum that is rigorous and informed by our community partners.  The NCLEX-RN pass rates are a testament to the hard work of students, faculty, and staff supported by RNs and health care organizations in our region.  We are confident our Southern Vermont College graduates will positively influence the health of our community through their work as registered nurses.

SVC President Dr. David R. Evans commented, “Our NCLEX pass rates demonstrate the good work of our students and the strength of our program. Close collaboration between students and faculty, outstanding mentoring, and excellent clinical opportunities prepare our graduates to serve as health care professionals and deliver outstanding patient care. I am very proud of our graduates and look forward to following their careers.”

SVC’s nursing program has evolved considerably over the past several years, eliminating its associates-degree level to focus solely on the BSN, consistent with the 2010 Institute of Medicine recommendations and white paper published in 2015 by the Vermont Board of Nursing outlining superior patient outcomes from baccalaureate-prepared nurses. In addition, effective October 2014, the program transitioned from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accreditation to accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the premier accreditor of nursing programs in the United States. Both the pre-licensure BSN and the RN-BSN program are also fully approved by the Vermont Board of Nursing.     

Founded in 1974 but with roots extending to 1926, Southern Vermont College is a small, liberal arts college located on a 371-acre campus overlooking the Green Mountains. The College is a model of an enlightened educational community: diverse, supportive, environmentally respectful and socially responsible. Through its career-focused, liberal arts curriculum, SVC transforms students into engaged citizens with a broad perspective of an ever-changing society. Classroom learning is combined with real-life, real-world experiences in the study of business, humanities, nursing, science and technology and the social sciences. SVC’s athletic teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engagement Classification Institution. For more information, visit

Source: (Bennington, Vt.) – Southern Vermont College 8.7.2017