April 16, 2003

The College of Nursing received notification this week of the success of all its 2002 graduates of the FNP graduate program on the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) national examination for certification as Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs). ANCC provided the College with aggregate data which showed the College of Nursing s school pass rate of 100% for the eight (8) first time test takers (compared to the national pass rate of 89.7%) and compared their mean scores (122.33 out of a possible 150) with those of overall ANCC mean scores nationally (115.2) in the six major content areas of the examination. These areas included assessment, diagnosis, client education, planning and interventions, evaluation of responses to plans of care, health promotion strategies, and scope of practice and ethics.

This is the ninth year of the FNP graduate program at MSU-Bozeman and the pass rate has been 100% every graduating class since the inception of the program - a remarkable record of excellence. Over 60 students have graduated from the program and most are currently employed as Family Nurse Practitioners in Montana, providing primary care in both rural and urban settings. They are licensed as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and most have prescriptive authority.

ANCC is the largest and most prestigious nursing credentialing organization in the United States. National certification is required for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Montana. Certification validates nursing specialty knowledge and demonstrates that the graduate meets professional and nationally recognized standards of specialty practice.