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October 20, 2006


University of Maine at Fort Kent Nursing Division graduates achieved a perfect score - 100 percent - first-time pass rate on their national nursing exam during the 2005/2006 academic year, according to statistics released this week by the state Board of Nursing.

The UMFK nursing program is the only state nursing program to post a 100 percent first-time pass rate for its graduates on the national NCLEX-RN exam. It is the third consecutive year that UMFK nursing graduates have achieved a perfect score, and the fifth time since 2000.

"As a small university we work very hard to focus on each student as an individual," said UMFK President Dr. Richard W. Cost. "This pass rate of 100 percent reflects that attention to the needs of every student. Our goal is to provide the best nurses possible for this region and for Maine."

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 and determines their eligibility to earn a RN license and to begin working as a Registered Nurse.

This year the UMFK Division of Nursing is proud to be celebrating 25 years of quality nursing education. 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.

"Our students are a great source of pride to all of us at UMFK and in the St. John Valley. The outstanding scores achieved by the 2006 graduating class are indicative of the high level of quality in our nursing program. Each student worked incredibly hard and put in countless hours preparing for the NCLEX-RN examination. I am so proud of the students and of our faculty," said Erin Soucy, Acting Director of UMFK's Division of Nursing.


NCLEX-RN First-Time Test Takers Pass Rates
(October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006)


Nursing Program Candidates # Passed Pass Rate
Central Maine Medical Center 51 50 98.04
Central Maine Community College 20 16 80
Eastern Maine Community College 20 19 95
Husson College 15 11 73.33
Kennebec Valley Community College 33 31 93.94
Northern Maine Community College 20 19 95
St. Joseph's College 33 26 78.8
Southern Maine Community College 52 49 94.23
University of Maine at Augusta 58 44 75.86
University of Maine at Fort Kent 8 8 100
University of Maine at Orono 84 74 88
University of New England 63 46 73
University of Southern Maine 173 152 88.28
TOTAL 630 545 86.5%

***Source: Maine State Board of Nursing