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AIC Named Among Top Nursing Schools in New England

SPRINGFIELD — American International College (AIC) has been named one of the top 75 nursing schools in New England by Nursing Schools Almanac. The research team at Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on more than 3,000 nursing schools and campuses throughout the U.S.

Each nursing school in New England was evaluated on the following three dimensions: The institution’s academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success, particularly on the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

The NCLEX is a nationwide examination for the licensing of registered nurses in the U.S. and Canada. To ensure public protection, each board of nursing requires candidates for licensure to pass the appropriate NCLEX examination. NCLEX examinations are designed to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. AIC’s pass rate is consistently above the national average.

According to Karen Rousseau, interim dean of the School of Health Sciences, “we are very proud of the dedication, motivation, commitment, and diversity of our nursing students who strive to be the very best. Central to American International College’s mission is to provide access, opportunity, and interprofessional collaboration to scholars in the School of Health Sciences.” 

AIC offers BSN and RN-to-BSN courses for undergraduate students, and introduced its MSN program in 2005, offering three areas of concentration:  family nurse practitioner (FNP), nursing administration, and nursing education. The RN-to-BSN and MSN programs are fully online, providing much-needed flexibility for working nurses.

The AIC School of Health Sciences additionally offers undergraduate degrees in public health and undergraduate and graduate degree programs in exercise science, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

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