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RN exam results: A message from the Dean, Faculty of Health Disciplines

September 09, 2015

As you may know, the Canadian licensing exam for Registered Nurses has been changed from the CRNE to the NCLEX, and the first candidates to write this exam did so in January 2015. The first two quarters of Canadian results were released by CCRNR ( on Sept. 8, 2015. Overall, the lower pass rate we see across Canada is as predicted by CARNA, and is largely attributable to the transition to a new exam. Although lower than in the past, the pass rate for Athabasca University graduates is in line with the Alberta average.

To assist candidates in the future, our Athabasca University BN Program Council is providing a number of resources and strategies to support students’ exam success. We offer access to a comprehensive, online, adaptive learning resource that includes a bank of over 4,000 NCLEX-type questions. This resource enables students to practice taking quizzes and exams, and also provides access to evidence-based content if and when students do not understand something or require more detail.

We encourage students to take advantage of this resource, as well as webinars and guidance from faculty/instructors. Additionally, students are also encouraged to visit the NCSBN website (, which offers additional resources to assist with comprehensive preparation for this exam.

Athabasca University’s Faculty of Health Disciplines is committed to students’ success and we will continue to make curricular revisions to further contribute to our students’ exam preparedness.

If you have questions about the NCLEX exam or resources available to students, please contact me directly at

Updated September 09 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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