The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees reviewed the student success rate of the College’s nursing program, awarded employee service pins, appointed directors to the SMC Foundation and conducted other business at its May 19 meeting on the Dowagiac campus.
Graduates of Southwestern Michigan College’s nursing program achieved a 100-percent pass rate on the State nursing licensure exam for the most recent reporting period (first quarter of 2014) according to a State of Michigan report. Students graduating from SMC’s registered nursing (RN) program attained a perfect pass rate, which compares to the national quarterly pass rate of 84.69 percent and to the Michigan rate of 86.53 percent.
Additionally, during this same period, the pass rate for SMC’s licensed practical nursing (LPN) graduates was also 100 percent. This percentage also exceeds the state and national averages of 86.89 percent and 83.81 percent, respectively.
“The quality of nursing instruction at the college is evident from these outstanding licensure test scores,” Chairman Dr. Fred L. Mathews said. “SMC has a long history of a truly exceptional nursing program. We are proud of the success of our graduates and of the faculty who helped make this a reality.”
In other business, College President Dr. David Mathews reported that the second phase of the $3 million Niles Campus renovation and program expansion project is currently on budget and ahead of schedule for completion in August.