Cresson, Pa. — Mount Aloysius College nursing graduates have once again demonstrated their job readiness with a high pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. For the 2018-2019 annual reporting period (October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019), Mount Aloysius nursing graduates achieved a 97% first-time pass rate beating both state and national averages. The national NCLEX pass rate for all types of registered nurse programs was 88.29%. The average for Pennsylvania nursing students was 91.61%.

NCLEX pass rates are commonly used to gauge the academic quality of nursing programs; however, pairing the pass rate percentage with the actual numbers of nursing graduates taking the exam offers prospective nursing students a more complete picture of a nursing program’s performance. The NCLEX is required of all nursing school graduates in order to earn state licensure as a registered nurse.

Dr. Nicole Custer, Nursing Department Chairperson, stated, “The dedicated faculty and staff, variety and availability of supplemental learning resources, and commitment of MAC Administration and leadership are key elements in sustaining our first-time NCLEX pass rates above 95% for the past two consecutive years.”
The Mount Aloysius campus features a high-tech simulation center as a part of the new Nursing Resource & Simulation Center (NRSC). The four-bed simulation nursing unit is located in the new addition to Pierce Hall. In the simulation center, students participate in experiential learning in a safe, structured environment. Using life-like CAE computerized mannequins and other simulation equipment, students learn nursing interventions to provide high quality, safe care for patients.

“We are proud to have one of the largest graduating nursing classes in the area that supply the abundance of need for nursing staff. Our graduates are job-ready when they leave Mount Aloysius,” Dr. Patricia Ireland, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, said.

The Mount Aloysius College Nursing Department is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. For additional information on the Mount Aloysius College School of Nursing & Health Sciences, contact the college at 888.823.2220 or visit their web site at