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All SFU Nursing Graduates of the Class of 2016 pass the NCLEX on first try

July 28, 2016 Author: SFU Nursing Tags: Academics , Health Sciences and Education

Saint Francis University’s Class of 2016 Nursing graduates, who earned their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing this past May, have already gone on to pass National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

 The Nursing Department received word this month that all 19 of the new graduates had passed the exam on their first try. The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing will release the official results in October. In 2015, the Saint Francis nursing program held the central region’s highest pass-rate of 100 percent. 

2016 SFU Grads pass NCLEX

“We are so grateful for all of the time and effort that the faculty and students have put forth in achieving such outstanding outcomes. This is our third graduating class in a row to achieve this success said Dr. Rita Trofino, DNP, MNEd, RN, who serves as the nursing Department Chair and Associate Dean in the School of Health Sciences.

According to Dr. Trofino, job placement has been excellent, as 100% of graduates who seek professional employment within 3 months of graduation have jobs in the profession.  Most have jobs within 2 months of graduation.

Several of the 2016 graduates have accepted positions that offered $10,000 sign-on bonuses. Areas of employment for the 2016 graduates include: WVU Ruby Memorial; UPMC Children’s; UPMC Altoona; Conemaugh Health System; Cleveland Clinic; Somerset Hospital; Lehigh Valley Hospital; Williamsport Hospital; Geisenger Medical Center, and Health South

 Saint Francis has been providing quality undergraduate nursing education for more than 30 years and has recently built upon that foundation to launch an online Master of  Science in Nursing (Leadership/Education Track) which opens this fall. This degree provides BSN graduates with a new option to pursue administrative/leadership or teaching roles, according to Dr. Trofino. Students interested in nursing options at Saint Francis University may visit

 The baccalaureate nursing program at Saint Francis University has full approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

In the photo:

Row 1 (left to right): Michael Smith; Hannah Bennett; Michaela Bearer; Miranda Sheehan; Catherine Rogers; Ben Hughes
Row 2: Abby McCullough; Patricia Klein; Allison Lingenfelter; Haley Crncic; Victoria Frederick; Laura Weaver; Scott Jones
Row 3 Seth Michaels; Chelsea Elsasser; Kori Wenner; Kalee Collins; Mary Palko; Cassidy Sintobin