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01/29/2003
Hudson Valley Community College's Nursing Graduates Have Outstanding Success on State Boards

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, January 29, 2003

The 2002 graduating class from Hudson Valley Community College's Nursing program again ranked among the best in the state. More than 97 percent of Hudson Valley graduates taking the test passed the recent national licensing examination for registered nurses.

"Our Nursing program has an outstanding reputation, not just in the Capital Region but around the state," said President John Buono. "That is proven by our consistently excellent results in the national licensing exam."

Among the college nursing programs reporting to the State Education Department, Hudson Valley was statistically among the very best. Forty-one of the 42 Hudson Valley graduates who took the licensing exam passed. Among community college programs with more than 30 graduates, only Hudson Valley Community College and two other programs had a pass rate above 97 percent.

The state and national average pass rate for the licensing exam was 86 percent.

"Due to the high success rate of our graduates, they are in demand in both the Capital District and the entire state," said Nursing Department Chairperson Dicey O'Malley. "Many received positions in their chosen specialty areas and a number of our graduates are presently pursuing their bachelor's degree in Nursing."

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning.