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NMC associate nursing students can complete course in 2 years

STUDENTS enrolled in Northern Marianas College’s associate degree in nursing program can complete it within two years, according to NMC nursing department chairwoman Rosa Tudela.

She said students just have to follow their individualized degree plan and pass all their courses to finish the program as scheduled.

Tudela said their students gain clinical experience by working alongside the medical staff of the Commonwealth Health Center.

At the completion of the program, the graduates can take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, which leads to a registered nurse license in the commonwealth and makes the student eligible for licensure in any other U.S. state or territory.

Many students who have completed the nursing program at NMC pass the NLCEX-RN on their first attempt, she said.

NCLEX-RN tests an individual’s nursing knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level, Tudela said, adding that the test is used by nursing boards in all U.S. states and territories.

The college has 16 first-year and 37 second-year students enrolled in the program for the current Fall 2012 semester.

According to Tudela, “Although we are currently seeking two full-time nursing instructors, our current instructors are meeting the needs of our students so there is no current issue with our students having to take an additional year of instruction because of lack of instructors.”