Middlesex College nursing graduates receive 100% pass rate on licensure examination

All 46 of the nursing students from the Middlesex College/Hackensack Meridian Health Nursing Program who took their national licensure exam passed on the first attempt, giving the program a 100% pass rate for 2023. This far exceeds the national average of 88.56% pass rate for first-time, U.S.-educated test takers for all programs.

In April 2023, the National Council Licensure Examination exam was updated. Noting an increase in the complexity of patient needs, the exam began incorporating test items related to students’ clinical judgment and decision-making abilities.

“This accomplishment shows the exceptional work of our faculty, graduates, students and staff. Nationally, we’re in a nursing shortage, and we want to be able to contribute and close the gap,” Kara Kaldawi, director of the joint Middlesex College/Hackensack Meridian Health Nursing Program, said.

The associate degree program prepares students for entry level positions in nursing and for taking the NCLEX-RN. The Middlesex College Nursing Program promotes student success through educational excellence and graduates nurses who are able to provide empathetic, evidence-based care to diverse populations.

“Our nursing program, consistently ranked one of the strongest in New Jersey, provides our future health professionals with a top-rate education in some of the most advanced facilities and technology in the state. This success rate from our recent graduates is a testament to our nursing graduates, our faculty and staff, and everyone that supports this program,” Middlesex College President Mark McCormick said.

The Nursing Program has been approved by the New Jersey Council of Presidents, and accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.