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October 27, 2008


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Nursing Division graduates achieved the highest first-time pass rate among Maine’s baccalaureate nursing programs on their national nursing exam during the 2007/2008 academic year, according to statistics released by the Maine State Board of Nursing.

The UMFK nursing program posted a near-perfect 35 out of 36 (97 percent) first-time pass rate for its graduates on the national NCLEX-RN exam this past year.  No other college or university in Maine scored higher.

“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 2008 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, director of UMFK’s Division of Nursing.

UMFK graduates have consistently achieved the highest NCLEX-RN scores within Maine, including five perfect scores since 2000.

The UMFK Division of Nursing has a rich tradition in its 27-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.

“As a small university we work very hard to focus on each student as an individual,” said UMFK President Dr. Richard W. Cost.  “This outstanding pass rate reflects that attention to the needs of every student, even as the number of graduates has increased significantly each year.  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.