BISMARCK, ND — Patients are in the very best care with graduates of the University of Mary nursing program. For the second straight year, Mary’s entire senior nursing class from this past spring semester who are just entering the profession passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam after taking it for the first time.

Dr. Glenda Reemts

Dr. Glenda Reemts, professor and chair of the Division of Nursing at the University of Mary, says several factors account for the 100-percent pass rate: 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.

“Having a 100-percent cohort pass two years in a row demonstrates that we are consistently 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. Our assessment data reveals University of Mary students are well prepared and employers are very satisfied with our graduates. We take a lot of pride in the fact that our graduates are able to provide top-notch patient care around the country and the world, wherever they choose to serve.”

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), in 2016 the NCLEX pass rate in North Dakota for registered nurses was 90.69 percent, higher than the national average of 84.57 percent. The University of Mary graduates fared even better with a pass rate of 94 percent.

University of Mary nursing students at CHI St. Alexius Health

The University of Mary, since its beginning in 1959, 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.

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.”

Anyone interested in enrolling in the University of Mary nursing program or wanting to learn more about it, should contact Reemts at (701) 355-8173, or visit