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100 percent of BSC nursing students pass licensing examination

Posted on 12/15/2011

This month, Bismarck State College 2010-2011 practical nursing (PN) and associate degree in nursing (ADN) graduates celebrated a 100 percent pass rate on their practice licensure exams.

Passing National Counsel of Licensure Examination or NCLEX is similar to law students passing the bar or an accountant earning a CPA. ADN graduates take the same registered nurse licensure test taken by four-year nursing graduates, says Suzie McShane, assistant professor of nursing and Dakota Nursing Program coordinator.

Passing the NCLEX means the students are now either licensed practical nurses or registered nurses. While some will enter the workforce, most of the practical nursing students will continue their education in the ADN program at BSC.

BSC offers two programs for nursing. The Dakota Nursing Program is a two-step program that begins with an 11-month Practical Nursing Certificate and continues on to a nine-month Associate in Applied Science degree (AD) in nursing.

In addition to nursing, BSC offers an array of allied health programs including surgical technology, EMT technology, medical laboratory technology and phlebotomy. For more information, visit the Nursing program online.

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