College nursing program's 2017 graduates earn 100 percent pass rate

White Mountains Community College’s Nursing Program 2017 Graduates Accomplish 100% Pass Rate on the NCLEX-RN Exam
WMCC credits high pass rate to revamped curriculum and robust clinical experiences

BERLIN — Every student from the latest graduating class from White Mountains Community College‘s associate of science in nursing program has passed the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse) exam.

The 20 students obtained a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the exam, which is required to obtain licensing as a registered nurse in New Hampshire and other states. WMCC recently received notice of the accomplishment from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing which administers and writes the computerized, comprehensive nursing exam.

“This accomplishment is a fundamental step for WMCC nursing program graduates in their health-care industry careers, and illustrates the hard work that they have put forth not only towards our revamped and rigorous curriculum, but also having all of them pass the NCLEX-RN exam on their first attempt,” said Emily MacDonald, MS, RN, professor and chair of White Mountains Community College’s nursing program, who is also a per diem labor and delivery nurse at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. “We believe that our students’ successes are due in part to our initiative to refresh our program’s course offerings which place more emphasis on areas such as quality of care, patient safety and nursing outcomes in order to better align with the fast-paced, complex health-care arena and demands of the nursing profession.”

White Mountains Community College also credits the success of its students’ high NCLEX-RN pass rate to the college’s revised curriculum which offers students a comprehensive, hands-on learning environment from educators who are employed in their field of nursing.

In addition, the college expanded the program’s clinical sites and implemented a success seminar. During the two-year program, nursing students must complete the success seminar, which emphasizes tools such as time management skills, exam and course study support, professional ethics, conduct and responsibilities. In addition to the success seminar, WMCC partnered with Cottage Hospital in Haverhill, Littleton Regional Healthcare and Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham, to provide students with even more options to enrich their clinical experiences. During clinical hours, students gain further hands-on learning experiences, which are required in order to graduate from the nursing program.

“All of the professors in the nursing program made clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills a priority in both classroom and clinical settings,” said Jordan Neil, a 2017 WMCC nursing program graduate. “By having small classroom sizes, it allowed me and other students to get to know our professors on a personal level while our professors were able to see our individual strengths and areas where we could improve. I believe this allowed me to be a more successful student.”

Currently, WMCC has 56 students enrolled in the nursing program and anticipates 24 completing the program and receiving their associate of science in nursing degrees in 2018. More information on White Mountains Community College’s nursing program may be found at or by contacting Emily MacDonald at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 342-3028.