South College nursing students achieve 99.4% pass rate on NCLEX-RN exam

January 29, 2024

Recent graduates of the South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program who took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) in Tennessee in 2023 earned a 99.4% pass rate on their first attempt.

“The dedication of the students, faculty and staff in the South College BSN program is evident in many ways, and we celebrate with the 165 individuals who are now South College graduates and registered nurses in Tennessee,” South College Chancellor Steve South said. “We’re proud to work with our partners to help prepare healthcare professionals, especially in disciplines where they’re needed most.”

South College Main Campus in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The national exam assesses the application and analysis of knowledge that students learn in school and ensures that entry-level nurses can make clinical judgments and meet the needs of patients. It covers four major categories: safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity and physiological integrity. It is the final component of the licensure process.

The South College BSN program helps students build a strong academic foundation and learn fundamental skills required of a nurse generalist, including the basics of medical care, critical thinking, interpersonal skills and technical competence required for taking the NCLEX. Students receive classroom, laboratory and clinical training.

South College is accepting applications for the next BSN cohort and offers healthcare programs from certificate to doctoral levels across several disciplines. South College students who qualify for financial aid have access to a range of programs as do members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. The institution offers both student and career services. For more information about South College, please call the Knoxville campus at 865-251-1800 or visit

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