100% of BSC nursing students pass exams for second year in a row

For the second year in a row, the graduates of Bismarck State College’s associate degree in nursing program have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their entry into practice licensure exams.

The practical nursing graduates achieved a 96 percent pass rate this year after seven years at 100 percent.

Passing National Council of Licensure Examination or NCLEX-RN, is similar to law students passing the bar or an accountant earning a CPA, and is the same registered nurse licensure test taken by four-year nursing graduates.

“It’s a real point of pride for us to have two programs that demonstrate above average national standards when it comes to professional licensure,” says Suzie McShane, assistant professor of nursing and Dakota Nursing program coordinator.

Passing the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN means the students are now professional nurses. Most of the ADN graduates will enter the workforce, while the majority of first year practical nursing students will continue their education in the ADN program at BSC.

According to McShane, graduates in nursing and other healthcare fields are in very high demand due to the population increase in North Dakota.

The Dakota Nursing program at BSC is a two-step program that begins with an 11-month practical nursing certificate, and continues on to a nine-month associate of applied science degree (AD) in nursing.

In addition to nursing, BSC offers an array of allied health programs including surgical technology, EMT technology, medical laboratory technology and phlebotomy. For more information, visit bismarckstate.edu/academics/programsjo/nursing/.

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