Graduates of Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) at Illinois State University achieved a 97 percent pass rate on the national nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) for 2013, even in the face of increasingly stringent standards.

Illinois State continues to exceed both the state and the national averages, which dropped from last year. The national passing rate fell to 83 percent from 90 percent, while the state of Illinois rate dropped to 85 percent from 91 percent.

“It is a tribute to our dedicated faculty and staff, as well as amazing students, that MCN pass rates remain so strong,” MCN Dean Janet Krejci said. “The number of MCN graduates who pass the licensure exam the first time is due to their tireless work and belief in the ideals of healing others.”

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.