5 Years in a Row: 100% Nurse Licensure Exam Pass Rate


The number one ranked nursing program in Pennsylvania by RegisteredNursing.org has achieved yet another milestone.

Saint Francis University’s Nursing Program received notice from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing that their 2018 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) pass rate was 100 percent.

This news makes Saint Francis Nursing the only nursing program in the state to have a 100 percent first-time pass rate for the past five consecutive years.

“We are delighted by this accomplishment, and so grateful for all of the time and effort that the faculty, students, and administration have put forth in achieving such outstanding outcomes,” said Dr. Rita Trofino, DNP, MNEd, RN, who serves as the Nursing Department Chair and Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education.

According to Dr. Trofino and Dr. Kim Forst, BSN Program Director, job placement has been excellent, as 100% of graduates who seek professional employment within 3 months of graduation have jobs in the profession.

Areas of employment for the 2018 graduates include: Conemaugh Health System, West Penn Hospital; West Virginia Ruby Memorial Medical Center; UPMC Altoona; Penn Highland DuBois Medical Center; Chambersburg Hospital; Penn State Hershey Medical Center; Eastern Maine Medical Center; Somerset Hospital; Jefferson Hospital; and The Cleveland Clinic-ICU.

About the Program

Saint Francis has been providing quality undergraduate nursing education for more than 30 years and has recently built upon that foundation with the new Master of  Science in Nursing (MSN), Leadership/Education Track  (L/E) which graduated its first cohort in August of 2018. Dr. Kim Forst is the BSN Program Director, and can be reached at kforst@ francis.edu, or at 814-472-3314.

Dr. Camille Wendekier is the Program Director of the MSN, L/E Program, and can be reached at cwendekier@francis.edu, or at 814-472-2843. This degree will provide BSN graduates with a new option to pursue nursing administrative/leadership or educational roles.

Dr. Lenore Resick, CRNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is the Program Director for the Master of  Science in Nursing (MSN), Family Nurse Practitioner Track  (FNP). The proposal for this new program was submitted to the PA State Board of Nursing in December of 2016. We are currently awaiting word on approval of this program. Dr. Resick can be reached at lresick@francis.edu or at 814-472-2833.


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). Saint Francis University remains fully accredited by the Middle States Commission.


Photo: 2018 Nurse Graduates
Starting at the bottom of the picture left to right:

Row 1: Breeanna Maglet, Jordan Forst, KaitlinSendzik, Kristyn Wendekier, Augusta Phillips

Row 2: Kali Thies, Paige Billetdeaux, Vanessa Kuisick, Nicole Carrieri, Breanna Farabaugh

Row 3: Miranda Burmeister, Maggie Madison, Mary Holtz

Row 4: Diane Rombouts, Maculeuse Fils-Aime, Sarah Mahon, Elaina Fearer, Chelsea Farabaugh

Row 5: John Gigliotti, Derek Helsel, Jordan Troxell, Courtney McCullough, Maelee Grove

Row 6: Christopher Baun, Keith Kegerreis, Steven Rusnak, Alex Woicehovich