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October 29, 2013

Blinn – Brenham nursing grads achieve 100 percent pass rate on national license exam

All 81 graduates since 2009 have passed their National Council Licensing Examination

Perfection has become a habit for the Blinn College – Brenham campus Vocational Nursing Program.

All 19 of the program’s 2013 graduates passed their National Council Licensing Examination, marking the fifth consecutive year in which the program has posted a 100 percent passing rate, a span that includes 81 students. Of the state’s 98 vocational nursing programs, Blinn – Brenham is one of just 10 that posted a perfect pass rate from 2009-12.

Program graduates must pass the test to work as an officially licensed vocational nurse. The national pass rate is 84 percent.

“The consistency and excellence of our faculty is a big reason for our success,” said Program Director Michelle Marburger. “Our faculty knows the program and understands the ins and outs of the profession. We also have a strong applicant pool each year and our students work really hard.”

The program’s first semester includes 10 courses, and students must pass all their classes to advance to the next semester. Should they fail, they must re-apply for the program the following year. To pass, students must score at least a 75 percent, and the program also features a strict attendance policy. If a student fails an exam, they must schedule an appointment with their instructor, and together they go over the exam to discover the source of the student’s confusion.

Student Jennifer Dougherty credited the faculty’s high expectations for the program’s success.
“It’s the manner in which the content is delivered, the knowledge of our instructors and their open-door policy when we’re having problems or difficulties,” she said.

The vocational nursing program consists of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. Hospitals and other health care facilities throughout the Brenham and La Grange communities are utilized for clinical rotations. Students are expected to spend 35-40 hours each week in scheduled, attendance-mandatory activities.

After passing their licensing exam, graduates are qualified to work in home health, dialysis, hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices.

Blinn’s Brenham and Bryan campus vocational nursing programs will host information sessions in January for students interested in applying for Fall 2014. The information sessions are mandatory for application to the program and reservations are required due to limited seating.

Applicants interested in attending the Brenham campus can access an online info session or register for face-to-face sessions at

Those face-to-face sessions will be held at the Brenham campus Arts & Sciences Building at the following times:

Jan. 8th - 9 a.m. 
Jan. 15th - 9 a.m. 
Jan. 22nd - 9 a.m.

Applicants interested in attending the Bryan campus can access an online info session or register for face-to-face sessions at Those face-to-face sessions will be held in Room 2510 of the College’s Health Science Center campus at 8447 Highway 47 in Bryan at the following times:

Jan. 8               1 p.m.
Jan. 15             1 p.m.
Jan. 22             1 p.m.

Applicants wishing to apply to both programs must attend information sessions for both campuses. The online information sessions will remain open until Jan. 30.
For more information on the Brenham program, call 979-830-4283 or email For information on the Bryan program, call 979-691-2010 or email