For the 15th year in a row, all graduates pass certification exam on first attempt
All 30 December graduates of Belmont’s Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) passed the national certification exam on their first attempt. The most recent class of 30 graduates, which is the College’s largest-to-date, passed the exam this spring, making this the 15th consecutive year of 100 percent first-attempt success and earning a spot well above the national average passing rate of 80 percent.
The School of Nursing began offering its MSN degree more than 20 years ago and with the addition of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2012, Belmont’s health sciences graduate programs continue to grow. Prepared to practice in a variety of settings, FNPs provide primary health care to families and individuals across the lifespan. Belmont graduate nursing alumni practice in a wide range of settings including primary care, pediatrics, genetics, urology and public health.
Certification for FNPs is achieved through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board. Both certifying agencies offer rigorous examinations that validate nurse practitioner skills, knowledge and abilities.
“I am certainly proud of our graduates’ accomplishment,” said Graduate Nursing Director Linda Wofford. “However, I am even prouder when I compare Belmont graduates with national test-takers and against the national first-time pass rate. The Belmont program is strong and our students work hard.”