For the third consecutive year, 100 percent of the graduates of Harcum College’s Nursing Program have passed the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Exam) on their first attempt.
The NCLEX is used to determine if a candidate is ready to become licensed as an entry-level nurse. By comparison, the national pass rate for first-time test takers is 87.3 percent.
Fran Schuda, Nursing Program Director, credits the program’s success to the development and implementation of a new curriculum that reflects contemporary nursing practices.
“The curriculum emphasizes proficiencies in the clinical practice, reasoning, and judgment areas,” Schuda said.
“This is definitely the result of a lot of hard work and attention to each student,” said Dr. Jon Jay DeTemple, Harcum’s President.
Schuda characterized the “calling card” for Harcum’s Nursing Program as one of extraordinary personal attention, which includes one-on-one tutoring provided by Nursing faculty, that enables students to achieve optimum levels of learning.
The new curriculum was a college-supported initiative that included new equipment and increased levels of support for students across the institution. It is not uncommon for Harcum’s nursing students to be working and/or have a family, or to be a first-generation college student with a background in a related healthcare field, such as CNA or CPN. Nursing students at Harcum enter the program with 33 credits in pre-requisites and complete 33 more for a total of 66 credits.
Harcum confers an ASN in Nursing to graduates. The value of an associate’s degree is that it takes half the time of a bachelor’s degree, making it ideal for those who want to enter the workforce as quickly as possible.
Harcum’s Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and has full approval status from the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing. The program is one of 13 academic majors offered through Harcum’s Center for Allied Health Sciences.
Those interested in applying to the program can obtain more information at 610-526-6050. The Admissions Department can also be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are now being accepted for a Fall 2020 start.