Cayuga CC nursing program repeats 100 percent passing rate on national licensure exam

Cayuga Community College’s nursing program has achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for the second year in a row. The National Council Licensure Exam, known as NCLEX, is a national test that a nursing graduate must pass in order to obtain a nursing license.

Every Cayuga nursing student who took the 2012 NCLEX passed, exceeding the New York State passing rate of 87 percent and the national rate of 90 percent.

“For 37 years, Cayuga has been graduating some of the best prepared and caring professionals in the nursing field,” said College President Daniel P. Larson. “In addition to this stellar accomplishment, our nursing graduates have a nearly perfect placement rate as well, meaning our graduates who want jobs find them and others who want to continue their nursing education are accepted at four-year institutions. The majority of our graduates stay in the area so our community members benefit directly from the compassion and skill of our nursing students.”

“We are very proud of the 2012 graduates,” said Nursing Program Director and Professor Linda Alfieri, MS, RN, CNE. “Cayuga has a rich history of graduating exemplary nurses, and the Class of 2012 continues our tradition of excellence.”  [MDS1]

The nursing program at Cayuga is known for more than just their[MDS2]  excellence in the NCLEX. The nursing curriculum provides a strong educational foundation by combining traditional educational strategies with new technology. Classroom instruction is enhanced with online learning, clinical simulation, and a variety of innovative teaching strategies. Students complete more than 600 hours of clinical experiences in a minimum of five different agencies, including a clinical internship. Cayuga’s nursing program ensures that each graduate is ready to provide the highest level of care possible for their[MDS3]  future patients.

“Our nursing graduates have maintained a perfect passing rate for two years, and I believe this speaks volumes about the consistent, high quality education that our faculty members deliver to students,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Anne Herron. “I congratulate both our nursing students and faculty on this historic accomplishment.”

The nursing program caters to a diverse variety of students, from the recent high school graduate to the stay-at-home mom or dad, ready to enter the work force, to the person looking for a different career. Anyone interested in the nursing program should stop by the upcoming Nursing Information Session on the Auburn Campus, April 22, June 17, and August 19.

Fulton Campus dates are March 18 and July 15. The Fulton Evening-Weekend program will accept applicants for the Fall 2014 class. For more information, visit the web site at or call 315-294-8684.