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Nursing Program Is Accredited by the NLNAC; Graduates Achieve 97 Percent Pass Rate

The Middlesex County College Nursing Program has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The program was accredited the first year it was eligible, which is after the first class has graduated.

This first class, which started in the fall of 2007, was graduated in May of 2009. Members of the class achieved a passing rate of 97.44 percent on the exam that certifies them as registered nurses. This exam, called NCLEX (National Council Licensure Exam), is one that all RNs must take. It is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

"I am thrilled with these outstanding results," said Michelle L. Foley, director of nursing education. "This is an excellent outcome and it is especially impressive considering this was our first graduating class."

The NLNAC accreditation is effective through Fall 2014 and is given for programs that achieve quality and excellence in nursing education.

"The faculty, students, staff and administrators of Middlesex County College and Raritan Bay Medical Center are responsible for this banner year," Professor Foley said.

Nursing is a joint program between Middlesex County College and Raritan Bay Medical Center. The students complete 35 credits in general education and science taught by Middlesex faculty, and 35 credits in nursing taught by the Raritan Bay faculty, all on the College campus. The students' clinical experience is at Raritan Bay, which is designated as a Magnet hospital. The Magnet designation, awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for Nursing Excellence, is granted to less than 3 percent of hospitals in the nation.

Middlesex President Joann La Perla-Morales said the accreditation and high pass rate validate the expectations for the program.

"We know our nursing program is strong and our graduates are fully qualified," she said. "And these results prove it. We are very proud of the program and our graduates."

Dorothy K. Power, chairman of the College's Board of Trustees, praised the program and said she was thrilled by the both the accreditation and the high passing rate.

"This is wonderful news," she said. "It is exactly the result we hoped for when we created the program. The faculty and staff have worked hard and have done a magnificent job in developing a high quality program that serves the people of Middlesex County and New Jersey. I am so proud of their success."

Ronald Rios, Freeholder liaison to the College, also was pleased, and said it is gratifying to know that the Middlesex graduates are so qualified.

"I think it is commendable to see that our program has flourished in such a short period of time," he said. "It makes me so proud to be the liaison to Middlesex County College as a member of the Freeholder board. I'm very happy that the Freeholders were so supportive of this program; it is a great return on our investment. I congratulate the graduates on their accomplishments."