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Relentless stress of on-the-job training and the looming specter of licensure examination have taken a toll on nursing students nationwide—a problem nursing school chiefs hope can be solved with an online program that tracks student progress.

About three in four students who enter nursing school earn their degree in the field, and beyond that, the passing rate for nursing students who take their state’s licensure test is around 88 percent, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Still,...

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