M State's PN program ranked No. 2 in Minnesota
The Practical Nursing program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College has been ranked as the No. 2 PN program in Minnesota by PracticalNursing.org. Colleges offering PN programs were assessed primarily on pass rates for program graduates in the NCLEX-PN licensure exam over a multi-year period. Twenty-six Minnesota PN programs were analyzed, and 10 were ranked. The 2017 NCLEX-PN pass rate for graduates of M State's PN program was 95.92 percent, compared to a rate of 86.22 percent at all Minnesota colleges and a national rate of 83.85 percent. M State's pass rates were 91.67 percent in 2016, 97.59 percent in 2015, 98.89 percent in 2014 and 98.17 in 2013. "I believe our historically high pass rates for students in our Practical Nursing program reflects the excellence of our M State nursing instructors," said Jennifer Jacobson, M State's dean of health careers. "We take great pride in preparing future nurses for successful careers in the health care profession." M State offers a full-time PN program on the Moorhead campus with both fall and spring starts. For more information about M State Nursing programs, visit Minnesota.edu/programs/nursing. PracticalNursing.org is an online resource that "champions the growth of nursing professionals through education, advancing knowledge and inspiring patient care." This is the second year in a row that M State has been ranked among the organization's top programs in Minnesota.