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.
|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|
|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|
***Source: Maine State Board of Nursing