Nursing program’s success recognized, celebrated


The Nursing Class of 2018 has been recognized by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing for its 100 percent pass rate on the 2018 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

The Saint Francis Nursing Program is the only program in Pennsylvania to have recorded a 100 percent pass rate for five consecutive years.

“We are delighted by this accomplishment of the 2018 graduating class, and we are so grateful for all of the time and effort that the faculty, students and administration have put forth in achieving this outstanding outcome,” said Rita Trofino, the Chair of the Nursing Department and Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education.

SFU is currently ranked the number one nursing program in Pennsylvania by The University has been preparing nurses for their future careers for more than 30 years.

The 27 nursing graduates of 2018 are currently employed at more than 10 different hospitals and medical centers across the Northeast region of the United States.

“I can say that since I started working in Altoona ED, many nurses have complimented me and have asked where I worked prior to my job here. When I tell them I am a new graduate, it comes by shock to them,” said 2018 nursing alumna Kaitlin Sendzik.

“They say they love SFU nurses and that we take such great care of our patients.”

Some of the locations of employment for the class of 2018 include Conemaugh Health System, West Penn Hospital, West Virginia Ruby Memorial Medical Center, UPMC Altoona and Penn Highlands DuBois Medical Center.

“The 100 percent pass rate for the past five years makes me really proud to be in this program,” said sophomore nursing major Lauren Colosimo. “It makes me feel really good about choosing Saint Francis for my path to become a nurse.”