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IU Northwest nursing students post outstanding state board pass rates

Bachelors degree program ranks in top eight state-wide, while associates program places in top three

The IU Northwest School of Nursing is extremely proud to announce that the graduating classes of 2005 in both the associates and bachelors degree programs posted some of the highest National Licensure Registered Nurse Examination rates in the state. Of the 27 two-year associate degree programs in the state, IU Northwest ranked third with a pass rate of 93.18%. Of the 20 four-year bachelor degree programs in the state, IU Northwest graduates ranked eighth with a 90.91% pass rate.

These numbers greatly surpassed the national RN licensure average of 87.29%. Dr. Linda Rooda, dean of nursing and health professions at IU Northwest, attributes these exceptional pass rates to the faculty and staff whose hard work and intensive intervention plan, which was supported by commitment to excellence funds, in making an incredible difference to the success of this years graduates. "I am so proud of our 2005 graduates and our faculty. These are the highest rates we have had for some time. Such success results from hard work on the part of both the students and faculty," said Rooda.

The first Associate of Science in Nursing class of 18 graduated in 1967. In 1985, the first15 students graduated from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program and in 1987, the "RN Transition to BSN" mobility option for registered nurses was implemented. The IU Northwest School of Nursing undergraduate programs serve the needs of the most diverse, urban and industrialized area in the state. Out of this diversity, IU Northwest strives to create a community dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and the value of education. The University and the School of Nursing have a continuing commitment to Northwest Indiana through campus involvement in the region's continuing dialogue concerning its economic, social, and cultural future, university and community partnerships, and faculty research and service.

The Indiana University School of Nursing is an agency member of the National League for Nursing's Council of Associate Degree Programs and the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs. The School is also a constituency member of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The School is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the Indiana State Board of Nursing, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

For more information about the nursing programs offered at IU Northwest, call 219-980-6600 or email Brenda Jenkins at



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