Mary’s baccalaureate and master’s programs in nursing also earn full 10-year ongoing accreditation by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

BISMARCK, ND — For the third consecutive year, University of Mary’s undergraduate nursing students who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam in May 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 the university and its hundreds of nursing students and graduates in North Dakota and around the world are doing their part to fulfill its mission and help meet the healthcare needs of people in the region and beyond. Reemts says the nursing program is helping alleviate shortages that are prevalent across the state and nation.

“Patients are in the very best care with graduates of the University of Mary nursing program,” added Reemts. “This is rare to have 100 percent pass on the first attempt.”

Reemts adds, 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 three years in a row demonstrates that we are consistently graduating competent, safe practitioners—and on top of that, to just receive notice that our baccalaureate and master’s in nursing department also earned the full 10-year accreditation validates our mission as one of the most comprehensive, top-notch programs in America,” 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. In 2017, the numbers increased across the board with a state average of 91.58 percent, a national average of 87.12 percent, and the University of Mary even higher at 94.12 percent.

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 principles 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 withdeveloping 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