BANGOR— Eastern Maine Community College’s May 2013 nursing graduates had the highest passage rate of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in the state of Maine, at 95.8%, well above the state average of 82.52% and national average of 84%.
The NCLEX is the examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States. Once passed, candidates receive their licenses and permission to practice nursing.
Last spring’s 2013 class was made up of 24 nursing students, 23 of whom are now employed as Registered Nurses. Out of that, 22 are working in Maine.
The EMCC graduates’ high pass rate comes at a time when success rates decreased at the state and national levels, likely due to new content and stricter requirements for passage instituted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. According to Ann Clark, chair of the nursing department, this makes the feat of EMCC’s nursing graduates particularly noteworthy.
“The nearly 96% first-time passage rate of our graduates speaks to the quality of the nursing program here at EMCC. We maintain a high ratio of faculty to students, who are able to provide close supervision and strong support as students move through the program. It is thanks to this dedication from our qualified faculty members, the college’s support staff, and the commitment on the part of our students to be the best that they can be, that we see consistently superb NCLEX results,” Clark says.
EMCC’s nursing program consists of a two-year curriculum that offers an associate in science degree in Nursing. Advanced placement is also available for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who meet the general education requirements. The application process for the program is competitive, with only 32 spots available each year. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.
“Eastern Maine Community College has an excellent track record of preparing qualified, competent nurses to care for patients and families in our communities,” says Lawrence Barrett, Ed.D, president of EMCC. “I am very proud and commend the hard work of our nursing faculty and students. Nurses are key, highly trusted professionals in the healthcare industry, and EMCC is producing the very best.”
Eastern Maine Community College is a two-year college that provides the highest quality post-secondary technical, career and transfer education and serves as a dynamic community and economic development resource. In addition to its Bangor campus, the college has three off-campus higher education centers in Dover-Foxcroft, Ellsworth, and East Millinocket.