Chandigarh University sets up NCLEX Coaching Centre in collaboration with University of North Alabama, USA

To play a crucial role in boosting Indian Nurses’ prospects of studying, settling in USA, Canada, Australia

Babushahi Bureau, Mohali, March 13, 2022: In a historic step aimed at boosting the prospects of Indian Nurses seeking to study and settle abroad, Chandigarh University, in collaboration with the University of Northern Alabama (USA), has set up an NCLEX Coaching Centre at its Gharuan Campus, the first in the country to be established in partnership with any university from the United States of America.

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The Coaching Centre, which will prepare and train the nursing students and professionals for the NCLEX examination, was inaugurated by Miss Akali Zhimomi Fulmer, Associate Director, International Admission and Recruitment, University of North Alabama, alongside Dr R S Bawa, Pro-Chancellor, Chandigarh University.

The NCLEX exam is developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), which tests the competency of nursing school graduates, and has been a nationwide examination for licensing nurses in the United States, Canada, and Australia since 1982, 2015, and 2020, respectively. 

Chandigarh University sets up NCLEX Coaching Centre in collaboration with University of North Alabama, USA

This examination determines whether the candidate has the necessary knowledge to pursue a safe and effective entry-level nursing and is crucial for nursing students studying nursing through the 2+2 program. 

Those passing the examination, not only get a waiver on the mandatory requirement of taking the IELTS exam but also an opportunity to obtain scholarships up to 10 thousand US dollars, besides free student accommodation. 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Bawa said that this center will prove immensely beneficial to the nursing students and registered nurses who want to go to America, Canada, and Australia. The objective of setting up this center is to provide quality and long-term benefits to the nurses. 

This coaching center will help the nursing students to prepare for the NCLEX examination, as well as to identify career and learning opportunities at the international level, he added. 

“The coaching center has been set up by Chandigarh University in partnership with the University of North Alabama to meet the growing demand for nurses in Canada, USA, and Australia. Data from the ABC Freedom of Information Investigation show that Australia alone will have a shortage of around 8,000 nursing staff in New South Wales by 2030. According to the Canadian Nurses Association, there will be a need for 60,000 nurses in rural and urban Canada alone by 2022. This coaching center has thus been set up by the university considering the abundant opportunities for nurses abroad,” Dr. Bawa said.

He said that 100 to 120 nursing students would be given training annually under the guidance of experts, including representatives of the UN.

It was informed that the coaching faculty would receive specialized training from the University of North Alabama, in addition to regular guidance by the US representatives. 

The first batch of NCLEX RN is being started in March, with 30 enrollments and the duration of training will be 8 weeks. There will be 4 to 5 supervisors per group, and 1:10 faculty: student ratio, will ensure that quality training is provided.