For the second year in a row, every Hope College graduate who took a national test to become a registered nurse passed on their first try, an achievement that places the college among the top schools nationwide, administrators say.
“We get excellent students at Hope College,” said Susan Dunn, who chairs Hope’s nursing department. “We have been very intentional as a department for raising the bar perhaps a bit in our coursework, challenging students a bit more.”
A total of 45 graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses between December 2011 and May 2012, Dunn said.
“It’s not common,” Dunn said of the achievement. “It actually puts us in the top 6 percent of all nursing schools in the country.”