Renz Solidum (right) is one of the 22 students that graduated Estrella Mountain’s Nursing Program in the spring. All of the graduates aced the state board exam giving Estrella Mountain program a 100% success rate. They are all now licensed to practice nursing in Arizona.
Students in the program work toward an Associate in Applied Science and then transfer to a university of their choice to pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After Estrella Mountain, Solidum completed studies while engaged in concurrent enrollment at both Estrella Mountain and Northern Arizona University (NAU). He says being in small classes was one of the factors of his success.
“With the smaller classes,” he says, “I always felt like my instructors and classmates were very accessible. It was always easy to get time with instructors and help with specific questions. It made it easy to get to know other students, which helped create a supportive network.” He told us that there were so many positive experiences and benefits of Estrella Mountain’s program that it was too difficult to highlight just one!
Roni Collazo, RN, Ph.D., Division Chair, Nursing and Allied Health, notes that the rate of passing Estrella Mountain has continued to rise over the last few years. This 100% rate is a great triumph, as well a testament to the commitment of Estrella Mountain’s faculty and staff to ensuring student success!
If you’re interested in the data details regarding the state nursing exams, you can visit the Arizona State Board of Nursing website.