CONTACT: DEREK MAURER
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: May 19, 1999
UI nursing graduates score well on national licensing
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Graduates of the University of Iowa
College of Nursing scored a 97 percent pass rate on a national licensing exam
during the most recent reporting period, compared with a national rate of
82 percent of nursing graduates who passed the test on their first try.
"This is great news," said Mary Blegen, Ph.D., associate
dean of nursing for academic affairs. "It shows our graduates are well prepared
to enter the nursing profession and to provide high quality health care."
The 97 percent pass rate for the six-month period ending
March 31 is up from 92 percent for the period from April through September
1998 and is the highest pass rate since 1990. It ranks the College of Nursing
25th among 269 similar degree programs in the United States. Of the 64 UI
nursing graduates who took the exam during the recent reporting period, 46
-- or 72 percent -- applied for licensure in Iowa.
Nursing school graduates cannot become registered nurses
until they pass the licensing exam. The test is administered separately by
the National Council of State Boards of Nursing at computerized testing sites
around the country. Licenses are granted by the licensing board in each state,
but all states use the same national standards.
UI graduates earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing
and must meet the university's general education requirements in addition
to completing coursework and practical experience in nursing. The College
of Nursing also offers graduate programs leading to certification for advanced
practice nurses in pediatrics, adult and gerontological nursing, and family