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To the Director: MSU Nursing Students to Graduate with a HESI Score of 850

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Dear Dr. Montague.

According to the Bachelor of Science Undergraduate Nursing Program Student Handbook Academic Year 2014-2015:

To qualify for the degree, Bachelor of Science BS, from the Nursing Program and be eligible to sit for the National Licensing Exam (NCLEX) every student must have:

§ Successfully completed the course requirements including professional, basic science, social science, and elective courses.
§ Achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
§ Completed the last 30 credits of the program must be earned in residence
§ Passed the Senior Comprehensive Exam
§ Coursework should be completed within 4 years

The Senior Comprehensive Exam (or HESI Exit Exam) has a national average of 850, yet the MSU Nursing Program requires a passing score of 900. Today, 7 students passed the exam on the second--and last-- attempt, while another 8 passed during the initial exam in April. This leaves more than half the class unable to graduate from the university, many of which met the national HESI average of 850. Please assist with this change (a figure of 900 to 850 which is NOT indicated in the handbook) so that the hard work of many students does not go unnoticed.

Thank you.

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