|For Immediate Release:||22 July 2009|
|PR Contacts:||Adam Gaber
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Signs Contract with Pearson VUE for Nurse Aide and Medication Aide Certification Services
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., July 22, 2009 — Pearson VUE, the computer-based testing business of Pearson, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (“Department”) have entered into a new contract following a competitive bidding process for services related to the certification of nurse aides and medication aides. The new contract is effective through June 30, 2010, and provides the State with testing services for both the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) and the Medication Aide Certification Examination (MACE).
The program was initiated by the Department in 2006 to ensure consistent competency levels of nurse aides and medication aides by aligning North Carolina’s program with national standards. After a careful evaluation process, Pearson VUE was selected as the Department’s testing provider. Since then, the program has grown from approximately 17,000 nurse aides tested in 2006 to over 22,000 nurse aides in 2008, making the North Carolina program the largest in the United States. This is in addition to the 2,000+ medication aides who have tested with Pearson VUE since the program was first outsourced.
Testing candidates have also benefitted from Pearson VUE’s administration of the program. Prior to Pearson VUE’s contract, candidates who successfully completed the written and skills exams had to wait several weeks before being certified; with Pearson VUE’s rapid processing rates, candidates can be certified within 48 hours. This advancement, along with other services that Pearson VUE offers the state, has eliminated registry backlogs and sped up employment eligibility for those seeking a career in long-term care.
“We are excited about the contract award and look forward to continuing our relationship with Pearson VUE,” said Kathy Turner, Manager of the Department’s Center for Aide Regulation and Certification.
Art Valentine, vice president of professional services and general manager of regulatory services at Pearson VUE said, “The breadth and scope of the North Carolina nurse aide and medication aide programs make them operationally unique. But regardless of the program’s size or complexity, Pearson VUE strives to provide a simple and efficient testing process that rapidly brings nurse aide and medication aide candidates to the employment market.”
Robert Whelan, president and chief executive officer of Pearson VUE added, “The Department’s nurse aide and medication aide certification programs have grown exponentially since 2006. We are pleased to be entrusted with the ongoing development of this important program.”
About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in 165 countries. 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.