Mount Aloysius Nurses Excel At State, National Testing

Posted on: October 31, 2013

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Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division graduates have exceeded the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) average pass rates at both the state and national levels. The NCLEX results reflect first-time test-takers between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013, which is the most current data available.

Mount Aloysius College’s pass rate of 92.5 percent places it above the state’s average pass rate of 86.22 percent. The average national pass rate for the reported time period for first-time students is 84.29 percent, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

Rebecca Zukowski, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean of the Mount’s Nursing Division credits the nursing faculty’s culture of student support, the high level of technology available at the college and excellent clinical partners who offer Mount Aloysius nursing students exceptional experience.

“Our nursing faculty members are experienced, innovative nursing practitioners and educators who actively support students through the rigors of a quality nursing education,” said Dr. Zukowski. “Mount Aloysius maintains a high degree of technology, including an extensive simulation center were medical scenarios from throughout the life-span can be practiced.  The training is exceptional.“

Dr. Zukowski added that the Mount Aloysius Nursing program also promotes seamless progression from obtaining the associate degree in nursing, earning the RN, on through to the achievement of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.  “An increasing number of registered nurses want their BSN,” she said.  “We streamlined the RN to BSN process—including an attractive online option—to facilitate their personal and professional goals.”

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley applauded the performance of the Nursing Division. “One reason for the success of our graduates is the quantity and sophistication of our nursing simulation labs.  Our students benefit from the largest patient simulation lab of any college in the region. The curriculum, cutting edge technology, excellent clinical partners and strong faculty provide our nursing students with the foundation they need for the licensure examination,” said President Foley. “The Mount Aloysius Nursing Division keeps close contact with regional employers so that we continue to ensure that we are preparing graduates who are job-ready.

As of October 2010, the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing requires nursing education programs to maintain a minimum pass rate of 80 percent for the national licensure examination. This increased from the 2009 minimum average requirement of 70 percent.

The Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Mount Aloysius College.   Mount Aloysius College has been continually educating nurses since 1965.

For additional information on the Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division contact the college at 888.823.2220 or visit their web site at

Aerial Photo of the Mount Aloysius Campus