Graduates of Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) at Illinois State University achieved a 98 percent pass rate on the national nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) for 2012. The state average is 91 percent and the national average is 90 percent.

Over the past five years, MCN graduates continue to exceed the state and national averages for the NCLEX-RN, as reported by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in the governor’s office. In 2010, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) raised the passing standard on the NCLEX-RN exam.

“The high number of MCN graduates who pass the licensure exam the first time is due to the extremely committed faculty who work tirelessly for student success,” said MCN Dean Janet Krejci.

She noted that additionally, the College’s Success Plan, under the leadership of faculty member Cathi Kaesberg, focuses on critical thinking, integration of theory with clinical practice and mastery in each course before progressing to the next. Mastery exams cover the specific subject matter included on the NCLEX-RN exam.

“The NCLEX-RN pass rates are outstanding. What is even more incredible are the professional nurses who graduate from this program. Our alumni are strong leaders that advocate for the vulnerable humans in their care,” said Krejci.