Passing Perfection
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For Immediate Release
October 9, 2006
For more information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications
Telephone: 360-992-2921

PASSING PERFECTION

Clark College nursing school graduates score a 100% pass rate
on the National Council Licensure Examination  

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Eighty Clark College nursing students, who graduated between October 2005 and March 2006, have shown a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

The 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 registered nurses. The exam tests current medical knowledge, nursing competencies and determines eligibility to earn a RN license and begin working as a Registered Nurse.
   
Shelly Quint, Director of Nursing at Clark College, said, “All nursing graduates must pass this exam in order to become licensed registered nurses. A 100% pass rate means that all of the students passed the exam the first time they took it.” Quint added, “Nursing program accreditation agencies look to see what programs are scoring on their first-time as a rate as a measure of program quality. Clark College is one of just 33 schools nationwide - out of 750 overall - to receive this rating.”

Travis Kibota, Interim Dean of Science, Health & Physical Education at Clark College, said “Over the past five years, our nursing faculty and staff have worked to expand capacity such that the Clark College Nursing program is now one of the largest in Washington State. All the while, quality of the education we provide has been of primary importance. The NCLEX results provide validation that we’ve maintained that focus.” Kibota added, “Our nursing program is rigorous and our students work very hard to achieve their goals. We are proud of our nursing graduates and are excited that all of them are qualified to become licensed RNs who will contribute to the health care workforce in our community for years to come.”

Vice President of Instruction Rassoul Dastmozd noted, “This is a wonderful accomplishment for our students and our nursing program. Historically, our graduates have been highly successful scoring among the top schools nationally on licensing examinations and achieving a 100% pass rate.” Dastmozd added, “The nursing program at Clark College involves more than just the teaching of health science and pathophysiology. The program promotes a commitment to caring as well. Our graduates are in demand, having the knowledge and skills to enable them to practice their profession in southwest Washington or anywhere in the United States.”
   
Clark College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

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