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For Immediate Release: 9 September 2010
Pearson PR Contact: Adam Gaber

Pearson VUE to Deliver First Medication Aide Certification Exams in Tennessee

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., September 9, 2010 — Pearson VUE, the computer-based testing business of Pearson, has been selected by the Tennessee Department of Health to deliver Medication Aide Certification Examinations (MACE®) for the state following a competitive bidding process. Tennessee is the first state to adopt the MACE examination and this contract is Pearson VUE’s second business relationship with the State. Pearson VUE started developing and administering exams for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance in 2006.

Legislation passed in 2009 paved the way for the establishment of certified medication aides (CMAs) in Tennessee. The goal of the new program is to increase the quality of care in assisted living facilities and nursing homes by allowing nurses to have specially trained assistants deliver and administer certain routine medications under supervision of the nursing staff. This, in turn, allows licensed nurses to more closely address the needs of more acute clients. Currently, 34 jurisdictions either have or are awaiting approval for CMA programs.

MACE is exclusively delivered by Pearson VUE and is wholly owned and developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®). NCSBN is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a conduit through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare – including the development of licensing examinations for nurses and certification exams for nurse aides/nursing assistants and medication aides/assistants.

“Our commitment to excellence for medication aides extends to every corner of the safe and competent practice, starting with education and certification. This contract will provide medication aide certification candidates with the best possible testing experience and the state with qualified medication aides,” commented Kathy Apple, MS, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of the NCSBN.

Art Valentine, senior vice president of professional services and general manager of regulatory services at Pearson VUE, said, “The establishment of a brand new testing and certification program within a state can often be a time of uncertainty for the department charged with its administration. This is especially true when public health and welfare are involved. Pearson VUE is wholly committed to supporting the Tennessee Department of Health and, with NCSBN, providing the expertise and services required to successfully implement and administer the Certified Medication Aide program.”

Robert Whelan, president and chief executive officer of Pearson VUE, added, “Pearson VUE is an ideal partner for the Tennessee Department of Health and its Certified Medication Aide program. Our long-standing relationship with the NCSBN and deep experience in health services testing made the initiation of this program a straightforward process, paving the way for other jurisdictions to follow suit.”

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.

Last updated 2010-09-09