Wesley College Nursing Department secured the highest student pass rate in the state for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

The test is a standardized exam that every board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a nursing candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice. Wesley scored a 96.4 percent pass rate, which represents first-time candidates educated in Delaware and the percentage who passed the exam. The national average of students passing the first time was 87.11 percent in 2017. This is the second year in a row Wesley has surpassed the national average.

“We are so proud of the first-time success our students achieved,” said Wesley College Nursing Chair Robert Contino. “The nursing department works very hard to prepare them for a career in nursing and this test is one of several very positive indicators that they are well prepared.”

In addition, Wesley’s Class of 2017 nursing graduates are 93 percent employed full-time in the field of nursing.

The Wesley College Nursing program is celebrating 50 years since the first class began preparing for the profession often referred to as a “calling.” In 1967, the first class of nursing students enrolled at Wesley and completed the associate’s degree in 1969.