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NDSCS Registered Nursing program ranks No. 1 in the nation

by NDSCS News

Posted on 2/11/2011

The North Dakota State College of Science Registered Nursing (RN) program has been ranked number one out of 1,686 other registered nursing programs in the United States, as reported by Mountain Measurements, Inc. This ranking is determined by the National Council of Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) results. NDSCS had 18 registered nursing graduates take the NCLEX RN exam in 2010 and they achieved a 100 percent pass rate.

"The nursing program's early success can be attributed to our dedicated and professional faculty and staff," said John Richman, NDSCS President. "Our gratitude is extended to our local and regional hospital partners and clinics that accept our RN students into their facilities and provide excellent hands-on learning opportunities."

"We realize the importance of getting involved and helping with simulation labs. Offering the students the opportunity to learn in our facility is just the next step. NDSCS ASN-RN students have always been extremely well-prepared when beginning their clinicals with Lake Region," said Leslie Anderson, registered nurse at Lake Region Healthcare of Fergus Falls, Minn. Anderson has assisted with Maternal Newborn simulation experiences since the programs inception.

2010 marks the sixth year NDSCS has offered the registered nursing program. Students in the program graduate with an Associate in Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam after graduation.

"Being ranked number one in the nation is particularly significant, as this is only the sixth year we have offered the RN program. A special thank you goes to our students, faculty, staff and especially our clinical affiliations - they are a critical part of the educational process and without their assistance, this achievement would not have been possible," commented Ruth Gladen, A.S.N.-RN Program Coordinator.

Clinical affiliations include: Allina Hospital and Clinics, St. Paul, Minn.; Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, N.D.; Anne Carlsen Center for Children, Jamestown, N.D.; Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Essentia Health Clinic, Wahpeton, N.D.; Lake Region Hospital, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Lisbon Area Health Services, Lisbon, N.D.; Medcenter One Health Systems, Bismarck, N.D.; Mercy Hospital, Valley City, N.D.; North Dakota State Hospital, Jamestown, N.D.; Prairie St. Johns, Fargo, N.D.; Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn.; Richland County Public Health, Wahpeton, N.D.; St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, N.D.; St. Francis Medical Center, Breckenridge, Minn.; St. Francis Home Health and Riveredge Hospice, Breckenridge, Minn.; Trinity Health, Minot, N.D.; Triumph Hospital Fargo, Fargo, N.D.

This ranking follows the NDSCS Practical Nursing (PN) program that was ranked number one out of 1,087 PN programs across the nation in late January 2011.

For further information on the NDSCS nursing programs, visit


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