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WSC nursing program succeeds with 100% pass rate in Minot and Williston

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Posted by WSC Marketing

WILLISTON, N.D.-Williston State College had 100% pass rate in the Practical Nursing Program in Williston and Minot this year as well as the past 5 years. That is 123 students who passed the PN on first attempt.

The pass rate for a RN student is well above national average as well as the North Dakota state average pass rate.

Janet Johnson, Nursing Coordinator at WSC, says, "This shows that our site manager at Minot, Rhoda Owens and site manager at Fort Berthold Community College, Gail Raasakka and our clinical instructors at all sites are well prepared, knowledgeable, skilled, and follow the mission of WSC, 'where the people make the difference'."

This year celebrates the Dakota Nursing Program's (DNP) 10th year, with previous WSC employee Linda Tharp as the first coordinator at Williston and interim Director of the whole DNP program.

The DNP is a four college consortium consisting of WSC, Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, and Dakota College at Bottineau. DNP educates more than 200 future practical nurses and associate degree nurses (two year registered nurses) each year at the four colleges.

The DNP is fully approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

The program is structured to provide a foundation for career paths for future leaders in nursing practice and prepare lifelong learners who can demonstrate knowledge, skills, critical thinking and flexibility.

DNP faculty and staff strive to explore and utilize best practices in distance education to create environments that promote student learning.

With changes in healthcare, WSC and the entire DNP consortium are continually improving curriculum design and upgrading equipment to fit the needs of the students. All sites have simulation training with state of the art simulation rooms and mannequins.

Johnson states, "Simulation in nursing is a very positive influence with the student because they are getting exposed to an event or situation that is made to resemble an actual situation or event. In simulation we can teach theory, assessment, pharmacology, and skills as well as helping the student to use critical thinking."

For more information about the success of the nursing program, please contact Janet Johnson at or 701.774.4290. For all other information about Williston State College, please call 701.774.4200, visit, or stop by 1410 University Ave.