Nursing Grads: 100 Percent Pass Rate on NCLEX

Year-to-date pass rates are 93 percent—far above the national average

All 17 MANE nursing graduates who took the NCLEX-RN licensure exam during the third quarter of 2017 passed on their first attempt. This achievement brings the year-to-date pass rate for Inver Hills nursing graduates to 93 percent, far surpassing the 85 percent national average.

“The superb NCLEX-RN pass rates achieved by Inver Hills MANE nursing graduates can be directly attributed to the strong curriculum that is taught by dedicated, well-prepared nursing faculty committed to graduating nurses of excellence,” said Diane Elifrits, MS, RN, interim director of nursing at the college.

Diane added that the passion for nursing excellence exhibited by students and graduates is role-modeled by faculty, who in turn engage students to put forth their best efforts.

“We are very proud of the accomplishments our students as well as the faculty who facilitate making that success possible,” she said. “To have the strength of our program reflected on the licensure pass rates is a great tribute to the hard work invested by both faculty and students.”

Registered Nurses

Provide and coordinate patient care, and educate and support patients and families.

Well above the statewide median of $19.62/hour


Median: $36.25/hour
High: $43.87/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro area

Median: $39.30/hour
High: $45.59/hour


This career is currently in very high demand and is seeing very high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate is 11.8 percent, or well above the statewide average.

There will be a need for about 20,110 new Registered Nurses to meet market demand between 2014–2024. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

— Minnesota State CAREERwise Education

Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE)

MANE Mission

The mission of the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) is to increase baccalaureate prepared nurses through collaborative, transformative educational strategies.

MANE Curriculum Conceptual ModelMANE Vision

Through increased access to baccalaureate nursing education MANE will prepare professional nurses to promote health and meet the evolving and complex healthcare needs of an increasingly diverse population in Minnesota.

MANE Core Values Statement

MANE is dedicated to achieving our mission and vision in a manner consistent with our values of:

  • Innovation and the Pursuit of Excellence
  • Collaboration and Partnership
  • Integrity and Accountability
  • Mutual Respect and Collegiality
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness
    Responsiveness to Local and Global Healthcare Needs


MANE Philosophy Statement

We believe the purpose of nursing education is to prepare professional nurses in a partnered curriculum to practice successfully in today’s complex health care environment, respond to future health care needs, and lead in the broader health care system. A commitment to excellence in professional nursing practice, based on a set of shared core nursing values and innovation, is reflected in the use of integrative review in a spiraled, competency-based curriculum.

We believe in a transformative curriculum that moves away from independent silos of education to a combined effort between universities, community colleges, and practice with the goal of increasing numbers of baccalaureate prepared nurses in Minnesota. This shared curriculum fosters a seamless transition from associate to baccalaureate nursing education. We believe baccalaureate nursing education enhances a comprehensive understanding of healthcare policy, research, systems leadership, and community health nursing. (read more…)

More about NCLEX…


In April 1994, nurse licensure candidates began taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) on computers at test centers located across the United States (U.S.) and select international sites.

The change to computerized adaptive testing (CAT) for the nurse licensure examination came about as a result of a decision made in August 1991 by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®). The NCLEX is only provided in the CAT format.

The NCLEX is given on a computer. You are not expected to know how to use a computer before you take the examination. There will be a tutorial at the beginning of the examination that will instruct you on the use of the mouse and how to record an answer. An on-screen calculator will be available during the examination. The majority of NCLEX items are multiple-choice but there are other formats as well. All item types are scored as either right or wrong. There is no partial credit.

The NCLEX is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. Both the NCLEX-RN® and the NCLEX-PN®* are variable length, computerized, adaptive tests. The NCLEX is not offered in paper-and-pencil or oral examination formats.

The NCLEX-RN examination can be anywhere from 75 to 265 items. Of these items, 15 are pretest items that are not scored. Regardless of the number of items administered, the time limit for this examination is six hours.

The NCLEX-PN examination can be anywhere from 85 to 205 items. Of these items, 25 are pretest items that are not scored. The time limit for this examination is five hours.

It is important to note that the time allotted for the examination includes the tutorial, the sample items, all breaks (restroom, stretching, etc.) and the examination. All breaks are optional.
NCLEX results are an important component used by boards of nursing/regulatory bodies (BONs/RBs) to make decisions about licensure/registration. Only BONs/RBs can release NCLEX results to candidates.

* The NCLEX-PN is used for U.S. licensure only.

Courtesy of the 2017 NCLEX® Examination Candidate Bulletin
To learn more about the Nursing program and MANE at Inver Hills, contact:

Diane Elifrits, MS, RN
Interim Director of Nursing


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