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Nursing Class Achieves 100 Percent Pass Rate on Exam

Release Date: 8/17/2005

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Carroll Community College's  First Nursing Class Achieves 100 Percent Pass Rate on Licensing Exam

Of the19 graduates of the first class of the Registered Nursing (R.N.) program at Carroll Community College,  100 percent passed the licensing exam given this summer after graduation. The pass rate is on the first try at the exam.

A majority of the students have already secured employment in the field.

In order to become a registered nurse after earning an associate degree, students must pass the exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCLEX examination for Registered Nurses.

According to the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing, during fiscal year 2004 (between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005), Carroll is the only college in Maryland with a nursing program whose students have achieved the 100 percent pass rate.

"Although other colleges may 'catch up' to our pass rate as more of their students take the exam, Carroll is proud of its standing, given the fact that the required passing rate for Maryland R.N. schools is 77.60 percent," said Nursing Program Director Nancy Perry.

In addition, Carroll's nursing program was recently granted full approval from the Maryland Board of Nursing, the regulatory agency that determines if R.N. programs are in compliance with the Nurse Practice Act.. Prior to this, Carroll was given initial approval until the first nursing class graduated in May, 2005.

"The significance of this full approval status is that it indicates we have met all the necessary quality standards for educating R.N.s," said Perry. Full approval is current for five years, she said.

Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Rd., in Westminster, Md.

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