RCC nursing graduates achieve 100% pass rate


The faculty in Rappahannock Community College’s Health Sciences department are like the coaches of a championship contender. Year after year, RCC’s nursing program achieves high marks and accolades, like the recent No. 1 ranking among all community colleges in Virginia.

 Now, add another accomplishment to the list, as the graduating Class of 2017 from both the practical nursing (PN) and associate degree in nursing (ADN) programs have achieved an unprecedented 100% pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

 The NCLEX is the test that each state board of nursing uses to test if an individual is prepared to enter the workforce in a nursing practice. The first step of this licensure process is to complete their nursing degree, which is the ADN or PN.

 This means the faculty produced a team of nursing all-stars.

 “It’s a big deal for us because it’s validation that the hard work of our faculty and our students is paying off,” said ADN program chairman Ellen Koehler.

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