Graduates of Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) at Illinois State University achieved a 96 percent pass rate on the national nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) for 2015, even in the face of progressively stringent standards.

Illinois State increased their pass rate by 2 percent from the previous year, and continues to exceed both the state and national averages. The national passing rate is 85 percent, and the state of Illinois rate is 86 percent.

“We are so proud of our graduates and our outstanding faculty for this pass rate,” said MCN Interim Dean H. Catherine Miller. “I would like to recognize faculty members Cathi Kaesberg and Gail Petro, who coordinate the College’s Success Plan, which prepares students for the exam. Their leadership and dedication to the success of our students throughout their education has prepared them to be nurses who will lead to improved health outcomes, which is part of our mission.”

MCN graduates have exceeded the state and national averages for the NCLEX-RN for more than 11 years, as reported by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in the governor’s office.