Eastern Oklahoma State College nursing program ranks first among Oklahoma colleges and universities


WILBURTON, OK (March 10, 2017) – Eastern Oklahoma State College’s nursing program has been ranked the top nursing school in the state by registerednursing.org, a nationwide organization dedicated to helping aspiring nurses find schools and jobs.

The organization ranks college and university nursing programs in each state according the percentage of their graduates who pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which is used by all state boards of nursing across the nation to assess a student’s competency. All graduates must pass the NCLEX to become licensed registered nurses.

The organization analyzed NCLEX rates for 46 Oklahoma schools between 2011 and 2014 for their rankings. During that time frame, Eastern’s Wilburton campus scored an average of 97.78 for the first place ranking.

Robin Nevling, director of Eastern’s Nursing Division, said the program has consistently seen high pass rates for several years. Most recently, Wilburton students achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate in 2016 and a 91.6 first-time pass rate in 2015.

“This recognition is such an honor for our program and is truly the culmination of our faculty’s long-standing dedication to excellence, as well as our student’s commitment to their education,” Nevling said. “We’re all very proud to celebrate this accomplishment and the success of our graduates.”

Sophomore nursing student Christine Sockey said she wasn’t surprised that Eastern had been ranked as the top program in the state.

“The nursing program at Eastern is an excellent program in terms of offering challenging and relevant course work, great opportunities for clinicals and preceptorship,” Sockey said. “The supportive and knowledgeable professors have thoroughly prepared me for the NCLEX and for my future career.”

Eastern’s nursing program is extremely competitive and can only admit up to 60 students each year. Students can take courses in Wilburton, McAlester or Idabel.

In a statement on the registerednursing.org website, the organization said “Eastern Oklahoma State College is located in the small town of Wilburton, Oklahoma. Patient-centered nursing, with theoretical and clinical practices in community settings, makes for a well-rounded, sought-after nursing professional.”

A complete list of the Oklahoma rankings, as well as additional information about the organization and its full methodology, is available at registerednursing.org.

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