December 5, 2012
The University of Maine at Fort Kent Nursing Division graduates topped Maine's baccalaureate nursing programs in the national nursing exam for first-time test takers educated in Maine's programs, according to statistics released last week by the Maine State Board of Nursing.
The UMFK nursing program posted a near-perfect 38 of 39 (97.44 percent) first-time pass rate for its graduates on the national NCLEX-RN exam during the October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012 timeframe, to finish at the top of Maine's baccalaureate nursing programs.
The statewide first-time pass rate for baccalaureate-prepared nurses was 89.96 percent. UMFK graduates also scored higher than the national first-time pass rate of NCLEX-RN 90.22 percent.
UMFK graduates have consistently achieved the highest NCLEX-RN scores within the state of Maine, including five perfect scores, since 2000.
“Our students are a great source of pride to all of us at UMFK. Each student worked incredibly hard to prepare for the NCLEX-RN examination. The outstanding scores achieved by the Class of 2012 are indicative of the overall quality in our nursing program,” said Dr. Erin Soucy, Nursing Division director.
“UMFK nursing students enjoy their educational experience at UMFK because of the supportive, yet academically challenging, environment in which each of them receives the attention they need to reach their career goals. I am extremely proud of our students and also of our faculty,” Dr. Soucy added.
The UMFK Division of Nursing has a rich tradition in its 31-year history. Since its inception in 1981, UMFK has served the needs of the St. John Valley, and beyond, by graduating caring, competent registered nurses.
NCLEX-RN is a national, standardized, multiple-choice exam for registered nurses developed and controlled by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The exam is application-oriented, related to the job functions most commonly required of entry-level RNs. The exam tests a student's current medical knowledge, nursing competencies, determines their eligibility to earn a RN license, and to begin working as a registered nurse.