Frequently Asked Questions
Commonly asked questions about the BSN Second Degree program
The NCLEX-RN Exam is the National Certification Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. All nursing students are required by law to take the NCLEX-RN in order to become licensed registered nurses. The NCLEX-RN is taken after graduation from an accredited nursing program.
NCLEX preparation begins in the first semester of the Second Degree Program. Students use particular software programs to promote success in their courses as well as on the NCLEX. Faculty are committed to active learning strategies that enhance critical thinking and test taking skills. Nursing exams are constructed similarly to the NCLEX and NCLEX questions are used during class time as a teaching strategy.
Students take a specific nursing course in the final semester that focuses on the NCLEX-RN exam. Students will have the opportunity to take standardized clinical specialty exams and a comprehensive exam to prepare them for the NCLEX-RN exam. Duquesne employs the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI), a United States company that provides exams and other educational material designed to prepare student nurses for professional licensure and predict their likely success in tests such as the NCLEX-RN. Duquesne requires a score of 900 on the Exit HESI Exam in the student's final course, Role Preparation II.