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Nursing Grads Lead the State in National Exam Pass Rate
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Nursing Grads Lead State in NCLEX

The May graduates of Notre Dame College’s nursing program have achieved the highest pass rate possible on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX – RN®) with 100 percent passing the exam on the first attempt. The exam tests entry-level competence of candidates for licensure as a registered nurse.

The success of the 2010 graduating class is the latest in a long series of accomplishments of the nursing program under the leadership of Dr. Diane Jedlicka.

Though Notre Dame offered a B.S. in nursing program from 1939 to 1950, Dr. Jedlicka laid the groundwork to win approval for the College to begin a pre-licensure B.S.N. for new high school graduates and other students not already nurses in the fall of 2007. Under her leadership, the program has grown in size - with approximately 150 students enrolled in pre-nursing and nursing classes for this fall - and prominence.

The College’s baccalaureate degree program was granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in April 2010. CCNE accreditation is a nationally recognized hallmark of high-quality nursing programs.

“The accomplishments of our Nursing Division in a relatively short amount of time cannot be overstated, and the majority of the credit goes directly to Dr. Jedlicka and the faculty of health care professionals she has assembled," said Dr. Andrew P. Roth, Notre Dame College President.

"The need for competent nurses has never been greater," Dr. Roth said. "But the graduates of our program are not only competent, they are compassionate and caring, the result of the liberal arts foundation that is at the core of all our programs. I wish to personally congratulate all of the graduates and faculty who make our College proud.”