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Nicolet College - Nursing grads ace national exam


Nicolet’s Nursing Class of 2009
aces national licensing exam


Nicolet College’s 2009 nursing graduates posted a 100 percent rate on their first attempt at the national licensing exam to become registered nurses.

“We were absolutely thrilled when we found out that all of our students passed,” says Lenore Mangles, dean of Health Occupations at Nicolet.

The national average pass rate generally ranges from 86 percent to 89 percent. “Nicolet graduates historically perform above this average,” she added. This is the third time in 10 years that everyone in a graduating class passed the national exam on their first attempt.

The 18 nursing students who graduated from Nicolet last spring come from numerous area communities including Pelican Lake, Monico, Three Lakes, Arbor Vitae, Rhinelander, Woodruff, Minocqua, Tomahawk, Gleason, Phillips and Westboro.

Many have indicated to Mangles that they plan to seek work in the Northwoods or continue their educations to earn bachelor’s and even possibly master’s degrees.

Nicolet’s nursing program is well-noted for being one of the most academically rigorous fields of study at the college.

“At Nicolet the focus is on preparing students for their chosen career field,” said Nicolet College President Libby Burmaster. “A big part of this is holding them to high standards. The most recent class of nursing graduates did a great job at meeting the challenge.”

The national exam, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, also serves a report card of sorts on Nicolet’s nursing faculty and the program as a whole. “It’s always good to know that we are properly preparing students for careers in nursing,” Mangles added. “If we had a low pass rate, we’d know that we’d have to make some changes, but that’s not the case.”

For more information about Nicolet’s associate degree nursing program, contact the Nicolet College Welcome Center at (715) 365-4493, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4493, or visit the college’s website at