The most recent nursing graduates at Nicolet College in Rhinelander posted a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt at the national licensing exam to become registered nurses.

“We were absolutely thrilled when we found out that all of our students who finished the nursing program this past December were successful on the exam," said Candy Dailey, dean of health occupations.

The 11 graduates are residents of several area communities including Three Lakes, Tomahawk, Eagle River and Rhinelander.

The national average pass rate is 85 to 86 percent for any given graduating class. Dailey said Nicolet nursing graduates historically perform above the national average, typically with 90 percent or more passing on their first attempt.