Cayuga Nursing Students Achieve 100 Percent Licensure Pass Rate for Third Consecutive Year

2013 class also attains 100 percent placement with all graduates securing nursing positions or acceptance into four-year programs.

Cayuga Community College has announced the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) score of its 2013 nursing class. The most recent graduates of the school’s two-year associate in applied science degree achieved a 100 percent pass rate — the program’s third consecutive.

As Cayuga’s nursing graduates have consistently done, the 2013 class surpassed the state and national average pass rates by 22 points and 17 points, respectively. The school’s five-year pass rate is a notable 98 percent.

“The performance of our graduates on the NCLEX is a tribute to the unwavering commitment to excellence that is embraced daily by the faculty and staff of Cayuga Community College,” said Professor and Director of Nursing Linda Alfieri, MS, RN. “As well, it gives clear and decisive evidence to the dedication and hard work put forth by all of our students as they work to prepare for a career or continued education in nursing.”

Another impressive statistic is the placement percentage for the 2013 graduates. Eighty-eight percent were hired for nursing positions and 12 percent were accepted into a four-year bachelor of science in nursing program for a final placement total of 100 percent.

The employment outlook for registered nurses is positive. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth in registered nursing positions to outpace the average by 19 percent with the addition of 526,800 new jobs (2012-2022). Strong starting salary figures add to the appeal of the profession. In the Syracuse area, the average entry-level salary for a registered nurse in 2012 was $42,590 annually or $20.47 per hour.

“The job outlook and competitive compensation for registered nurses continue to bring us a deep pool of prospective students, and our program’s sustained success allows us to enroll the most promising candidates,” shared Alfieri. “As we enter the 40th year of our program, it is especially gratifying to have our NCLEX and placement numbers validate the job we are doing in readying our students for one of the most noble and rewarding professions.”

Cayuga’s program, which currently enrolls 100 students, attracts a diverse group of individuals including recent high school graduates, “empty-nester” parents looking to renter the marketplace and displaced workers looking for a second career. Further information about the program can be found at upcoming information sessions on:

  • Monday, February 10, 2014 – Auburn campus
    4 p.m. in the student lounge
    197 Franklin Street
    Auburn, NY 13021
  • Monday, March 10, 2014 – Fulton Campus
    4 p.m. in Room F-167
    11 River Glen Drive
    Fulton, NY 13069

Additionally, Linda Alfieri welcomes calls at 315-294-8684 and emails at