Calhoun Nursing and Surgical Tech Licensure Scores Announced for 2011-12 Graduates
Calhoun Community College officials today announced scores of the most recent class of nursing graduates taking their NCLEX (National Council of Licensure Examination) as well as students taking the licensure exam for Surgical Technologists.
Passage rates for the 2011-12 graduates of the college’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program were 88%, while the most recent graduates of the Practical Nursing (LPN) program posted an impressive passage rate of 97.1%. According to Bret McGill, dean for the college’s Health Sciences division, Calhoun’s scores for its registered nursing students are in line with the state of Alabama’s average of 89.7% and the national passage rate of 90%. The averages are based on registered nursing programs at both 2-year and 4-year institutions.
Calhoun’s Licensed Practical Nursing scores of 97.1% continue to exceed both state and national averages. The state average for this period was 90.7%, while the national average was 84%.
"We are extremely pleased with these latest scores,” McGill. “We had our largest class ever of Associate degree nursing students to take the test this year, so we feel that achieving a passage rate of close to 90% among these graduates is significant.” McGill says that the Nursing program has implemented several measures to help the college’s students do well on their licensure exams. 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.
Graduates from the college’s Surgical Technology program also performed well on their recent licensure exam. According to McGill, 16 students graduated last May from the program. Of that number, 15 took and passed their licensure examination on the first attempt, for a passage rate of 94%, the highest pass rate ever for this program. The national passage rate will not be released until December, however, this rate has been at 58% the last two years.
"We are thrilled with the success of these students and with the continued growth of our Surgical Technology program,” said McGill. Program Director Grant Wilson has made a number of significant changes to the program to help ensure our graduates are among the most prepared and competitive in the area. While completion of the licensure exam is not required at this time for employment in Alabama, Grant emphasizes taking the exam to his students as a means of making them more marketable in the field,” added McGill.
Calhoun’s Surgical Technology program recently received approval from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and the Alabama State Board of Education to award the Associate of Applied Science degree, making it only the second program in the state offering students the ability to earn the AAS degree in Surgical Technology.