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Nursing alumni excel on professional exam

Mennonite College of Nursing graduates achieved a 97 percent pass rate on the national nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) on the first try in 2010, exceeding the national and state averages.

The national average pass rate dropped from 88 percent to 87 percent in 2010, and the state of Illinois average dropped from 91 percent to 88 percent. Illinois State had the highest pass rate for all bachelor’s and associate degree programs in Illinois.

The high number of Mennonite graduates who pass the licensure exam the first time is due in part to the college’s Success Plan, which focuses on critical thinking, integration of theory with clinical practice, and mastery in each course before progressing to the next.

“The NCLEX-RN pass rates are outstanding. What is even more incredible is the professional nurses who graduate from this program who are strong leaders and advocates as well as being clinically proficient,” Dean Janet Krejci said. She noted that the excellent test results speak to “the willingness of faculty and staff to consistently strive for excellence, as well as their unrelenting focus on student success.”