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University of Mary nursing program ranked named No. 1 in country

Ranking is the second time in three years for the school.

BISMARCK, N.D. • The University of Mary has been named as having the top nursing school in the country, according to a national nursing benchmarking service.

Mountain Measurements has ranked the school’s nursing program as No. 1. This is the second time in three years that the University of Mary has been so ranked.

The yearly report is based on the April 2020 through March 2021 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses exam. The entire University of Mary graduating class who took the licensure exam for the first time passed.

The university scored the best among 945 similar programs, and No. 1 at the national level finishing first among 2,145 schools across the country.

“There are several factors that account for the high scores,” Dr. Glenda Reemts, professor and chair of the Division of Nursing at the University of Mary, said in a statement. “These students are so thoroughly skill-tested before they even get to the NCLEX exam and into the workforce.


“Nursing faculty work with students to prepare for the exam. Our curriculum follows industry quality and safety standards, which is critical. And the CHI senior-year-free scholarship incentive is available to nursing students who maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their undergraduate years which helps set a high academic standard and provides a peace-of-mind for the nursing student.”

Reemts, who has been at Mary for 31 years, will retire this summer. Dr. Billie Madler and Dr. Annie Gerhardt will continue Reemts’ legacy and the program’s high standards as the new associate dean of nursing and chair of undergraduate nursing, respectively.

Both are award-winning teaching faculty and doctors who have nearly 50 years of nursing experience in areas including emergency and urgent care, rural health care, family practice, and providing medical service in the North Dakota National Guard.

“The Mountain Measurement Report is just one achievement that indicates understanding of safe practice,” said Gerhardt. “Nursing is a profession that requires great intelligence, motivation, but more importantly resilience. Despite the challenges placed on students and faculty with COVID-19, the University of Mary undergraduate faculty surrounded the students with positive influence, encouragement, and support to achieve another level of excellence.”

In 1959, when the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery founded the school as Mary College, nursing was one of only two offerings, and has proudly spent the past 60 years perfecting its curriculum into one of America’s premier nursing programs today. From day one, they set the standards high and built a stellar reputation around the nursing program.

“As a flagship program of the University of Mary, our goal is to sustain the pioneering leadership of our founders, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery,” said Madler. “We are committed to the Mary legacy of preparing highly competent and compassionate nurses eager to fulfill their own caring ministry to individuals, families, and communities.”

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