Nursing students at North Carolina A&T State University last year showed a 15 percentage point improvement on the national licensure examination over the previous year.
Numbers show 84 percent of A&T students who took the National Council of State Boards of Nursing exam in 2007 passed, compared with just 69 percent of students in 2006 and 2005.
The program remains on warning from the state's board of nursing and the UNC Board of Governors to raise its scores this year.
In 2006, programs at A&T, N.C. Central and UNC-Charlotte faced sanctions from the Board of Governors for falling below the system requirement that 85 percent of the students in a nursing program pass the test for at least two consecutive years.
Since then, the A&T staff worked with individual students weekly and brought in consultants to help the faculty on writing tests to better prepare students for the exam.