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01/26/2011
Hudson Valley Community College Nursing Graduates Again Top State Average in Professional Licensing Exams

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072 e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

The 2010 graduating class from Hudson Valley Community College's Nursing program again ranked among the best in the state. Ninety percent of Hudson Valley graduates 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 Drew Matonak. "That is proven by our consistently excellent results in the national licensing exam."

Among the 29 community college nursing programs reporting to the State Education Department, Hudson Valley was statistically among the best. With 63 students passing the licensure exam, it also had one of the largest graduating classes among any of the state's community college nursing programs.

The national average pass rate for the licensing exam was 87 percent. The statewide pass rate for graduates of all nursing education programs was 84 percent. Pass rates for graduates of the Hudson Valley program have consistently been at or above the national average for decades.

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

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: 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 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.