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Graduate Achievements: Licensure/Certification Pass Rates

The Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) indicators of demonstrated achievements for graduates include excellent NCLEX-RN first-time pass rates and first-time certification exam pass rates. The NCLEX-N passing rates for the GEP Program includes the following: 2015 - 89%; 2016 - 92%; 2017 - 97%; 2018 - 97%; 2019 - 93%; 2020 - 87%.  In all instances, the NCLEX-RN [pass rates were higher than the Massachusetts and national pass rates.

The National Certification exams/American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for eligible Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students has been 100 percent since the inception of the program.

The National Certification exams/American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for eligible Adult Gerontology/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner students has ranged from 95 to 100 percent over the last three years.  Likewise, the National Certification exams/American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for eligible Adult Gerontology/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner students has ranged from 94 to 100 percent.

2020-2021 GSN Award/Scholarship Recipients:

Melissa Condren, DNP, MSN, RN, CPNP is a graduate school of nursing (GSN) 2021 DNP graduate and recipient of the 2020-2021 M. Louise Fitzpatrick Nursing Scholarship Award.  The award is named in honor of M. Louise Fitzpatrick, Endowed Dean and Professor of Nursing at Villanova University from 1978 to 2017.  The award is conferred upon a person who demonstrates transformative leadership, a visionary perspective, and commitment to nursing excellence. Dr. Condren is currenting working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT.

Jacqueline Mbugua, GSN DNP Student is serving as a 2020-2021 GNSA Advocacy Leader for the University of Massachusetts, representing the state of Massachusetts. The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Advocacy Leaders maximize AACN's advocacy efforts on behalf of graduate nursing students. Consisting of 2 representatives from each state including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, these nursing leaders participate in quarterly conference calls to develop their advocacy skills and become informed on the latest health policy discussions. The GNSA Advocacy Leaders create a greater impact in amplifying AACN's policy and advocacy messaging and provide feedback to AACN staff on policy issues that are of importance to graduate nursing students.