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Graduates of the Saint Joseph's College of Maine nursing program at the 2018 Commencement.

by SJC Press Room

STANDISH, Maine - The Saint Joseph’s College of Maine nursing program has achieved the highest pass rate of licensing exams for students in a BSN nursing program in the State of Maine. For calendar year 2018, SJC nursing graduates achieved a 100 percent pass rate of NCLEX, the National Council Licensure Examination. This SJC pass rate surpassed the national average of 89.41 percent and the Maine state average of 89 percent. The SJC testing cohort was comprised of 37 students from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, a traditional four-year course of study.

Vice President and Chief Learning Officer Michael Pardales said, “We are proud of the accomplishments of the Saint Joseph's nursing department. The preparation and success of our nursing students are top priorities for our nursing faculty. These NCLEX results are a testament to the faculty's hard work and dedication to continuous improvement of our program on behalf of our students and their skilled service to others."

The nursing program has enjoyed dramatic improvement in pass rates under the new leadership of Dr. Anthony McGuire, PhD, CCRN-K, ACNP-BC, FAHA. Since arriving in 2016, Dr. McGuire restructured the College’s nursing programs and elevated the level of workforce preparedness of its nursing graduates.

Saint Joseph’s College offers: an on-campus BSN, an online RN to BSN, an RN to MSN Fast Track, online graduate programs for FNP, nursing administration, nursing education, and two dual degrees for MSN/MBA and MSN/MHA.

In August 2018, Saint Joseph's College also launched Maine's first Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (MSN and post-master's certificate).

The nursing program intersects with other strong academic programs related to public health at Saint Joseph’s College including: sciences, wellness, and exercise science.

A campaign is currently raising funds for the creation of the new Center for Nursing Innovation at Saint Joseph’s College.

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