St. Luke’s School of Nursing Among Top 5 Nursing Schools in State (Sponsored)

Credit: St. Luke's University Health Network

The St. Luke’s School of Nursing Class of 2019

St. Luke’s School of Nursing ranks fifth out of 76 programs in Pennsylvania, according to the website, the hospital announced. The rankings are based on the performance of the school’s graduates on the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) board exam.

St. Luke’s received the highest ranking of all the nursing programs in the Lehigh Valley.

“This ranking is a validation of how St. Luke’s School of Nursing (SON) carries out its mission of providing quality nursing education to a diverse group of students that enables them to become leaders in providing compassionate, high quality health-care to those they serve,” said School Director Sandra Mesics, RN, MSN, CNM.

“For the past five years, we have exceeded the national average pass rate on boards,” Mesics said. “Our pass rate on this exam has ranged from 89 to 98 percent while the national average is 82 to 90 percent.” The SON’s pass rate for this ranking was 95.79 percent.

Established in 1884, St. Luke’s School of Nursing was the fourth nursing school in the United States. It remains the oldest, continuously operating school of nursing in the country. More than 4,000 have graduated since its founding.

A new class cohort is enrolled every eight months. The program is 20 months over five semesters. The program includes 435 hours of classroom theory and 900 hours of clinical practice. Graduates earn a diploma in nursing and can sit for the board exam.

The success of the nursing program is built upon the rich tradition of excellence that goes back 133 years, Mesics said.

“We benefit from the tremendous learning resources available within the growing St. Luke’s University Health Network, a very talented faculty, a network nursing staff that values nursing education, and strong support from SLUHN administration,” she said.’s analysis is based on Pennsylvania’s 2015 pass rates, which are the latest available. Programs reviewed include schools that offer an Associate in Nursing (ADN/ASN), BSN or Direct-Entry MSN Degree.

Note: This story was contributed by St. Luke’s University Health Network. Its publication is part of a news partnership between Saucon Source and SLUHN.

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Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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