Calhoun 2011 Nursing Graduates Excel on Passage Rate for Licensure Exam for 3rd Consecutive Year; First Physical Therapist Assistant Class Also Exceeds National Average
Calhoun Community College officials today announced that its most recent class of nursing graduates have for the third consecutive year posted gains in their NCLEX (National Council of Licensure Examination). Passage rates for the 2010-2011 graduates of the college’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program are 90.2%, while the most recent graduates of the Practical Nursing (LPN) program posted an impressive passage rate of 97.1%.
Calhoun’s scores for its registered nursing students exceeded the state of Alabama’s average of 83.7% as well as the national passage rate of 85.1%. The averages are based on registered nursing programs at both 2-year and 4-year institutions.
The college's Licensed Practical Nursing graduates also exceeded both state and national averages on their most recent exam. The state average for this period was 94.2%, while the national average was 87.0%.
"We are extremely pleased with these latest scores,” commented Calhoun Health Sciences division Dean Bret McGill. “We have now experienced three consecutive years of high scores, and feel that we are in a sustainable pattern.”
McGill credits the increase in scores to several things. “We have implemented several measures to help our students do well on their licensure exam. These have included employing a system which tracks and identifies at an earlier point in the semester those students who are struggling with the curriculum and providing additional instruction and assistance for these students throughout the semester and prior to their sitting for the licensure exam," McGill said.
McGill says that the nursing program has also incorporated the use of critical thinking scenarios and simulation labs into the curriculum to help reinforce the students’ classroom instruction. "And, I would be remiss if I didn't point out the dedication, commitment and very long hours our faculty have given to ensure the success of our students and our nursing program," said McGill.
The first class of graduates from the college’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program also performed well on their recent licensure exam. According to McGill, 18 students graduated last May from the PTA program. Of that number, 16 took and passed their licensure examination on the first attempt, for a passage rate of 89%, six points above the national first time passage rate of 83%. "We are thrilled with the success of these students. As is the case with our Nursing program, I feel that this accomplishment is indeed a direct result of the hard work and dedication of both the students and faculty." McGill said.