Nursing graduates need to pass a national licensure exam in order to officially become registered nurses. At Nicolet, all of the nursing students who graduated in December passed the challenging exam on their first attempt, the school announced this week.
4/20/2019 7:26:00 AM All December Nicolet nursing graduates pass national licensing exam on first attempt
Nicolet College's most recent nursing graduates posted a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt at the national licensing exam to become registered nurses.
"We were absolutely thrilled when we found out that all of our students who finished the Nursing program this past December were successful on the exam," Dean of Health Occupations Candy Dailey said in a press release.
The national average pass rate is 85 to 86 percent for any given graduating class. She noted Nicolet nursing graduates historically perform above the national average, typically with 90 percent or more passing on their first attempt.
The 11 nursing students who graduated from Nicolet last December are residents of several area communities including Three Lakes, Tomahawk, Eagle River and Rhinelander.
The graduates have indicated they plan to seek work in the Northwoods or continue their educations to earn bachelor's and even possibly master's degrees, the release states.
Nicolet's nursing program is well noted for its academic rigor. "At Nicolet the focus is on preparing students as best as we possibly can for their chosen career field," Dailey explained. "A big part of this is holding them to high standards. The most recent class of Nursing graduates did a great job at meeting the challenge."
The national exam, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, also serves as a report card of sorts on Nicolet's nursing faculty and the program as a whole.
"It's always good to know that we are properly preparing students for careers in nursing," Dailey added. "If a program had a low pass rate, changes would need to be made. But we know that's not the case here at Nicolet."
For more information about Nicolet's associate degree nursing program, contact the Nicolet College Welcome Center at (715) 365-4493, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4493, or visit www.nicoletcollege.edu.
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