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May 19, 2010


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Nursing Division graduates topped Maine’s baccalaureate nursing programs on their national nursing exam during the 2009/2010 academic year, according to statistics released this week by the Maine State Board of Nursing.

The UMFK nursing program posted an exceptional 28 of 31 (90.32 percent) first-time pass rate for its graduates on the national NCLEX-RN exam this past year to finish at the top of Maine’s baccalaureate nursing programs. UMFK graduates also scored higher than the national first-time pass rate of 87.56 percent for graduates who sat for the exam from October 2009 through September 2010.
UMFK graduates have consistently achieved the highest NCLEX-RN scores within Maine, including five perfect scores, since 2000.
“Our students are a great source of pride to all of us here at UMFK.  Each student worked incredibly hard to prepare for the NCLEX-RN examination. The outstanding scores achieved by the Class of 2010 are indicative of the overall quality in our nursing program.  Our 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 of our faculty,” said Erin Soucy, director of UMFK’s Division of Nursing. 
The UMFK Division of Nursing has a rich tradition in its 29-year history. Since its inception in 1981, the UMFK Division of Nursing 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.