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 Casper College Nursing Student Grads Receive High Scores In Accredited Program 

Casper College nursing graduates from the class of 2003 passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) with a 90.9 percent first-time pass rate.

The national benchmark for the exam is 85 percent for the first-time pass rate. "We are graduating quality students who are prepared to take the licensing exam, which is required before they can practice as an RN," says Jolene Knaus, director of nursing and health sciences division chair at the college.

"The majority of the 2003 nursing graduates took the exam in Wyoming, and most are practicing here in Wyoming -  but our graduates are also practicing in Tenn., Neb., Ore., Ariz., Alaska and Mont. to name a few," Knaus notes.

"Once again our graduates have a pass rate higher than the national average, which we are very pleased with. This indicates the quality of our nursing program," says Skip Gillum, vice president of academic affairs.

According to information provided by human resources at Wyoming Medical Center, 27 of the 2003 nursing graduates were hired by the center. "I am pleased to say that the Wyoming Medical Center is a strong supporter of this program," says Knaus.

Recently, the Casper College nursing program was reaccredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) and reapproved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing until spring 2011. The NLNAC affirmed the patterns of strength and concern as identified through the peer review process," says Susan Abbe, director of accreditation services. The patterns of strength noted by the NLNAC were leadership of the nurse administrator, curriculum integrity and resources, while no patterns of concern were found. According to Knaus, voluntary accreditation is important for students "...because a student can articulate to a higher nursing degree with a degree from an accredited institution such as Casper College."

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