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School Statistics

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing at Lehigh Valley Health Network offers a three-year diploma program in professional nursing.  The curriculum design includes two years (six terms) of nursing courses, and one year (two semesters) of pre-requisite university courses. 

Retention Rate Per Academic Year
100% minus (All students who withdrew during the year divided by all students who enrolled during the year). This includes known students enrolled in first year pre-nursing courses at PSU.

2011-2012 - 79%

2012-2013 - 79.5%

2013-2014 - 69.5%

2014-2015-82.2%

2015-2016-78.5%

Retention Rate - Nursing Per Academic Year
100% minus (All students who withdrew during the nursing portion of the program (2nd & 3rd year) divided by all students enrolled in the 2nd & 3rd year of the program)

2011-2012 - 85%

2012-2013 - 79.1%

2013-2014 - 72.5%

2014-2015 - 82.9%

2015-2016- 83.3%

Completion Rate - Nursing
100% minus (All students who graduated within 150% of scheduled program length divided by all students who started nursing (2nd year coursework).

2012 - 71% 

2013 - 77.8%

2014 - 72.7%

2015 – 58.3%

2016 – 80.6%

Program Integrity Calculation
% of graduates who completed the program as originally scheduled:

Class of 2016 – 92.9%

Educational Effectiveness

Percentage of students who passed the NCLEX-RN (licensure exam) on first attempt

Class of 2015: 95.8%
Class of 2014: 84.6%
Class of 2013: 85.2%
Class of 2012: 96%
Class of 2011: 100%
Class of 2010: 91.7 %

Job Placement Rate (within 6 months of graduation):

Class of 2015: 100%
Class of 2014: 100%
Class of 2013: 100%
Class of 2012: 100%

Percentage of students who responded that they have matriculated into a BSN program at the one year follow-up survey:

Class of 2014: 50%
Class of 2013: 55.5%
Class of 2012: 69.2%
Class of 2011: 57.1%
Class of 2010: 27%
Class of 2009: 77.7%