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For Immediate Release: 17 April 2007
Contact: Promissor
Heather Young

Promissor Signs Contract with the Georgia Medical Care Foundation to Provide Statewide Nurse Aide Certification Testing

Philadelphia, PA, April 17, 2007 — Promissor®, Inc., a leading high-stakes assessment provider, announced that the Georgia Medical Care Foundation (GMCF) has awarded a contract to Promissor, a Pearson VUE business, to develop and deliver Nurse Aide competency examinations starting July 1, 2007.

The contract is the first of its kind for Georgia, which, in the past, has traditionally allowed training programs to individually administer nurse aide competency examinations. The contract was awarded after the GMCF carefully considered several factors in its decision process:

  • High security levels in all program aspects
  • Guarantee of valid, reliable, and legally defensible examinations
  • Same-day, on-site scoring
  • Computer-based reporting on written and oral skills examinations

“Georgia’s goal is to improve the quality of care in all clinical settings. A crucial part of that plan is establishing a reliable, repeatable verification process to determine a nurse aide’s competency level prior to being placed on the Certified Nurse Aide Registry,” said Carol Allen, director of Medicaid Operations. “The GMCF determined that outsourcing the written and skills competency examinations to Promissor will ensure higher standards in both the administration of competency exams, and reporting and results tracking. Georgia nurse aides will now be evaluated against a uniform assessment standard that assures only competent individuals are placed on the state’s Nurse Aide Registry.”

Art Valentine, general manager of regulatory services for Promissor said, “Promissor has a proven record of successfully transitioning Nurse Aide certification programs from a state-run to an outsourced operation. We are excited for this opportunity to serve the Georgia Medical Care Foundation, usher them through the transition, and help grow their program in the years to come.”

Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE, adds, “The Georgia Medical Care Foundation’s expression of confidence in our services, technology, abilities, and quality standards means a great deal to us. As with all of our clients, we are completely committed to making the Georgia Medical Care Foundation’s transition as seamless as possible. Once the transition is complete, we are looking forward to establishing a long-term relationship based on reliable and attentive service and support.”

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in electronic testing services for academic admissions, certification and licensure programs. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world’s largest network of test centers in 151 countries, providing testing services for information technology, regulatory and certification boards, academic, government and corporate clients. Its innovative technology offers the security and control required by academic, licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience. Pearson acquired Promissor, which is now a business of Pearson VUE, extending its leadership in the testing and certification industry.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education, and the Penguin Group.

Last updated 2007-04-17