Nursing Programs Earn High Rankings

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has released updated state and national rankings for April 2016-March 2017. In the state of Ohio, Northwest State’s practical nursing program ranked number one out of 62, while the registered nursing program ranked eight out of 99 (top 10 percent). Nationally, the practical nursing program was ranked first of 1,199, while the registered nursing program was 166 out of 1,232 (top 14 percent).

These rankings are based on the percentage of NSCC graduates who pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Graduates of the NSCC nursing programs are required to pass the NCLEX in order to gain entry-level employment in various healthcare fields.

Patti Altman, NSCC dean of nursing, sees the rankings as a shared success between great educators and great students. “We have a very dedicated group of faculty that have worked very hard to put together a curriculum that will meet the (industry and employer) needs and allow our graduates to be successful,” Altman said.

All NSCC nursing programs are fully-approved by the Board of Nursing. The registered nursing program is also fully-accredited, which adds another layer of confidence from area employers, as well as students.

“We want to educate and train our students so they can have great career opportunities. The need for nurses continues to grow. The more students that graduate from our program, the better the quality healthcare is in this area. And we have had tremendously strong job placement for our graduates for several years,” Altman concluded.

Northwest State offers the LPN to RN degree program, the associate degree nursing program, and a practical nursing certificate program. Students interested in these programs are encouraged to call the Nursing Division for more information at 419.267.1246.

Gainful employment information for NSCC’s certificate programs, including the LPN program, can be found online. Gainful employment information includes: estimated cost of the program, average student loan debt and types of jobs available.