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USU-Uintah Basin Nursing Celebrates 100 Percent Pass Rate

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

USU alum work in simulatoin lab in the Uintah basin

USU graduate KayCee Asay at the Chamber of Commerce Dina-Mite Simulation Lab Open House, fall 2015.

Utah State University-Uintah Basin Nursing released figures showing that 2016 graduates successfully completed the registered nurse licensure exam with a 100 percent pass rate. The accrediting standard for nursing is that a minimum of 80 percent of graduates pass the exam on the first attempt.

“The national pass rate is approximately 87-88 percent, so achieving 100 percent is quite an accomplishment and the credit really needs to go to the students,” said Susan Rasmussen, USU-Uintah Basin’s nursing program coordinator. “Our students are often working long hours to support their families while going to school full-time. They are determined to learn all they can, to open doors for better career opportunities, higher salaries, and to provide the care only a registered nurse (RN) can offer.”

Tremendous community support provides local students with the tools, technology and scholarship opportunities they need to become successful nurses. In 2013, USU and UBATC forged a partnership to provide students with a near-seamless transition from the practical nursing certificate to the associate degree in nursing. Since, both institutions have worked together to provide a solid foundation in science, nursing courses and quality clinical education. Both USU and UBATC have added additional, qualified faculty members and encouraged continuing development of effective teaching methods.

“UBATC’s practical nursing graduates have earned a 100 percent pass rate for the past two years,” Rasmussen said. “Without the excellent education provided under the direction of C.J. Ewell, the USU program could not advance students to the next level of nursing.”

As the state of Utah works to address nursing shortages in rural communities, the partnership is helping to fulfill local community needs. In 2015 and 2016, all students earning an associate degree in nursing from USU were quickly employed as RNs with a 100 percent job placement rate.

“Both USU and UBATC have worked hard to create a strong foundation for their nursing programs,” said James Taylor, USU-Uintah Basin’s executive director. “We look forward to future students continuing this momentum and going on to serve their local community.”

Individuals interested in a nursing career begin with completing college classes in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, human growth and development, and then apply to UBATC’s practical nursing program. After successful completion of the two-semester program, graduates are eligible to test for LPN licensure. LPNs may continue their nursing education by completing English, statistics, and chemistry and applying for USU’s associate of applied science in nursing program. The program is competitive and prepares students to become registered nurses in two semesters. Both UBATC and USU’s nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)* and provide affordable, quality education for nursing students in the Uintah Basin.

Contact: Dana Rhoades, 435.722.1788,

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