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WCU Nursing Program earns top ranking

The website has ranked West Chester University’s nursing program as the number-one top RN to BSN program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“Impressively, the program ranks first among 1,922 comparable programs for NCLEX pass rates, cementing its reputation for cultivating skilled nursing professionals,” the website stated.

Nancy Barker, associate professor and chair of WCU’s Nursing Department, said, “WCU nursing has been able to maintain an NCLEX pass rate above 94 percent prior to, during, and following the COVID pandemic. Our nursing program has exceeded both the state and national average NCLEX pass rates consistently over the last seven years.”

She notes several factors that set WCU’s program apart from others. “WCU’s nursing program allows registered nurses to complete their BSN while working with the support of our tremendous faculty to make that transition as easy as possible while maintaining academic rigor.”

She also reports that WCU nursing students are “in high demand with the University’s clinical partners due to their impressive clinical and academic expertise.”

Affordability, program duration, flexibility, and academic reputation are among the evaluating factors in’s methodology., which supports the nursing community around the world, surveys its reader base to determine rankings.