BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary has always been respected for its strong nursing program that is set apart by incorporating a curriculum that is intense, challenging and patient based—always following the core Christian principals that stem from the Benedictine values lived out by its founders, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery. Now the program and its students are reaping the rewards for its classroom and clinical rigors.

University of Mary Nursing students at CHI St. Alexius Health

University of Mary Nursing students at CHI St. Alexius Health

If scores are a reflection of success, then the University of Mary nursing program aced the test. Spring nursing graduates taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam at Mary for the first time scored a 100 percent pass rate. Dr. Glenda Reemts, professor and chair of the Division of Nursing at the University of Mary, says several factors account for the great scores: nursing faculty work heavily with students to prepare; a curriculum that follows industry quality and safety standards; and the CHI senior-year-free scholarship incentive that is available to nursing students who maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their undergraduate years all help set a high academic standard.

“The 100 percent cohort pass from this past spring demonstrates that we are graduating competent safe practitioners,” said Reemts. “This is especially important given the high demand for nurses. Graduates who do not pass on their first attempt must wait a minimum of 45 days to retake the NCLEX.  This prohibits the graduate from working as an RN for a healthcare facility in need of RNs.”

University of Mary Nursing students at CHI St. Alexius Health

University of Mary Nursing students at CHI St. Alexius Health

Mary exceeds the national average. Data from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) indicates that through June 2016, 129,935 first-time candidates have taken the NCLEX RN exam and 85.71 percent have passed (includes diploma, baccalaureate, associate degree, and other special programs). Baccalaureate degree candidates had an overall pass rate of 88.84 percent.

NCSBN is charged with developing psychometrically sound and legally defensible nurse licensure examinations consistent with current practice. The NCLEX-RN exam tests candidates prepared for the role of a registered nurse. The NCSBN states, “Licensure is the process by which boards of nursing grant permission to an individual to engage in nursing practice after determining that the applicant has attained the competency necessary to perform a unique scope of practice. The licensure process determines if the applicant has the necessary skills to safely perform a specified scope of practice by predetermining the criteria needed and evaluating licensure applicants to determine if they meet the criteria.”

For more information regarding the University of Mary nursing program visit: www.umary.edu and click on the Academics tab at the top.