100 percent of NIC nursing students pass licensing exam

All of North Idaho College’s spring registered nursing and practical nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination, qualifying each to apply for licensure as a registered nurse or a practical nurse in any state. More than 80 percent of NIC’s nursing graduates are licensed in Idaho and more than 90 percent are licensed in Idaho or Washington.
With class sizes continuing to grow, NIC has not had 100 percent pass rate for nursing students since 2003 although pass rates were in the 90s each year. The 2006 graduates comprised one of the largest classes in both programs with 49 registered nursing students and 27 practical nursing students completing the programs.
“We continue to be so proud of our students’ success,” said NIC Health Professions and Nursing Director Lita Burns. “It is not only the pass rates that we are proud of, but the students’ ability to be successful in their jobs. The students find employment easily and then contribute significantly to the healthcare workforce.”
NIC’s 2006 graduates exceeded both the national and state averages for national licensure examination pass rates. Idaho’s average pass rate for the registered nursing exam was 90 percent and the national average was 89 percent. Idaho’s pass rate for the practical nursing exam was 95 percent and the national average was 89 percent.
“The education offered at North Idaho College along with the motivation and perseverance of the students in achieving their goals is what contributes to the end product—licensed nurses,” Burns added. “The nursing faculty play a huge role in the education, but the dedication all NIC faculty have for providing a quality education is what makes these programs so outstanding.”

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NIC Health Professions and Nursing Director Lita Burns, (208) 769-3281

Posted: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006

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