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USU-Uintah Basin Nursing Has 100 Percent Pass Rate for Second Year

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

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Utah State University-Uintah Basin Nursing is pleased to announce that the 2017 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.

“Our students continue to impress us with their ability to consume a lot of information, then quickly turn around and put it into practice in real-world settings,” said Inella Bastian, nursing faculty member at USU-Uintah Basin. “The students’ success is a reflection on our nursing program and the quality of instruction being offered.”

Along with passing the RN licensure exam, all USU-Uintah Basin nursing students had a 100 percent job placement rate. Many of which were found locally, where many gained experience through internships. “These graduates were determined to do all they could to open doors for better career opportunities and higher salaries available to RN’s,” added Bastian. The recent graduates are helping minimize the effects of Utah’s current nursing shortages.

Tremendous community support provides local students with the tools, technology and scholarship opportunities they need to become successful nurses. Uintah Impact Mitigation Special Service District has been a strong contributor to providing scholarships to local students to support loss-of-income. In 2013, USU and the Uintah Basin Technical College (UBTech) 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 UBTech have added additional, qualified faculty members and encouraged continuing development of effective teaching methods.

“Over the past few years, USU and UBTech have worked together to create a strong foundation for nursing students, and that foundation has earned a great reputation,” said USU-Uintah Basin Executive Director James Taylor. “We look forward to future students continuing this momentum and going on to serve and better their local communities.”

Individuals interested in a nursing career begin with completing college classes in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, human growth and development, and then apply to UBTech’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. It is competitive and prepares students to become registered nurses in two semesters. UBTech 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 and Writer: Dana M. Rhoades, Assistant Marketing Director,, 435.722.1788

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