Union College nursing graduates posted the highest pass rate in the state of Nebraska on the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, for a fifth straight quarter, ending in December 2010. Since October 2009, Union's 97 percent pass rate has surpassed the fourteen other nursing schools in the state and the Nebraska (88 percent) and national (87 percent) averages.
For Chris Kinney, now in his third year of Union College’s physician assistant program, becoming a PA was never about the money. And his experiences serving the Lincoln community through the PA program’s many outreach venues has only strengthened his desire to help people.
Union College’s physician assistant program will receive a $792,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which will be used to award scholarships to new PA students over the next four years.
Each year between 2011 and 2015, the grant will fund five scholarships for new Union PA students. These $22,000 scholarships will cover tuition and other expenses and can be renewed for a second year. This funding will help expand the program by five additional slots to a class of 30 by the 2011-12 school year.
Union College will webcast select games from the annual Mid-America volleyball tournament to be held Oct. 21-23.