Sacred Heart University’s first accelerated nursing graduates all pass their NCLEX board exams

Davis & Henley College of Nursing Second Degree Accelerated Nursing Program (photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek/SHU/contributed photo)

FAIRFIELD, CT – All of the students who graduated as part of the first cohort of the second degree accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (SDA) program in December 2021 have passed their NCLEX nursing board exams.

The SDA program is part of the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing. Students who took the exam―a standardized test to determine their competency―graduated from SHU’s program in December.

Students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another subject can earn a bachelor’s in nursing in 15 months through the SDA program, led by Heather Ferrillo, assistant professor and program director, and Angela Chlebowski, assistant director. The 17 students in the inaugural class included accountants, psychology majors, health science majors and others.

“The diversity of the students’ backgrounds blends well into nursing,” said Karen Daley, dean of DHCON. “Because it is an accelerated and highly rigorous curriculum, it is an intense 15-month experience. The phenomenal faculty are key to mentoring, coaching and setting the bar high so the students can succeed in the program and on their nursing boards. We are humbled and proud of this achievement by the inaugural cohort of the SDA program.”

This news comes on the heels of the outstanding results from SHU’s College of Health Professions (CHP) class of 2021 on the national licensure exams for their chosen careers. The exams are standardized tests designed for graduates of each program, and candidates must pass to proceed in their professions.

The licensure exam pass rates were 100% for physical therapy (PT), 100% for athletic training, 99% for occupational therapy, 97% for speech language pathology and 90% for physician assistant (PA).

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