PracticalNursing.org, a website designed to help people who want to become nurses, recently ranked Northwest State Community College’s practical nursing program sixth in the state. Rankings are based on the five-year average pass rate for the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses, which is required for being licensed as a practical nurse. Northwest State’s average pass rate is 97.47 percent.
“We’re very proud of our practical nursing program and the faculty who have helped make it so successful,” said Lori Bird, dean of the Nursing Division at Northwest State. “The statewide average pass rate for the NCLEX is approximately 84 percent. I think it says a lot about the quality of NSCC’s program, instruction and students that our average pass rate is over thirteen percent higher.”
Employers have taken note as well. Northwest State’s most recent graduate survey indicates that 96 percent of its practical nursing graduates are employed.
“Our goal is to provide training that leads to career opportunities, which is why we work closely with local healthcare facilities,” said Bird. “Our curriculum aligns with what employers need, and that helps provide an edge for our graduates when they are looking for employment.”
Other local institutions’ rankings include Owens Community College, seven; the Professional Skills Institute, eighteen; and Rhodes State College, twenty-eight.
The practical nursing program is available at Northwest State’s main campus in Archbold and the NSCC satellite site in Van Wert.