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01/13/2000
Hudson Valley Community College Nursing Graduates Again Top State Average in Professional Licensing Exams

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, January 13, 2000
http://www.hvcc.edu

The 1999 graduating class from Hudson Valley Community College's Nursing program again ranked among the best in the state. Ninety-four percent of Hudson Valley graduates passed the recent national licensure 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 29 community college nursing programs reporting to the State Education Department, Hudson Valley was statistically among the very best. With 53 students, it also had one of the largest graduating classes among any of the state's community college Nursing programs.

Among community college programs with more than 50 graduates, only Hudson Valley Community College and Nassau Community College had a 94 percent pass rate. The national average pass rate for the licensing exam was 85 percent.

"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 Dicey O'Malley. "Of the graduates pursuing employment, 100 percent are now employed. 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 certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as and programs run through the Educational Opportunities Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.