Decatur, AL — Calhoun Community College officials have announced that the most recent graduates from the college’s Associate’s Degree Nursing (ADN) and Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) programs performed extremely well on their licensure exams, with both groups outpacing state and national passage rates.
According to Bret McGill, dean of Calhoun’s Health Sciences division, of the 143 registered nursing students taking the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination), a total of 132 or 92.3% passed the exam on their first attempt, exceeding both the state (90.6%) and national (86.9%) rates. Calhoun LPN graduates had even more impressive results, with a perfect 100% passage rate, compared to the state average of 91.9% and the national rate of 93.8%.
McGill attributed the impressive results to several factors. “We feel that changes made over the last several years in our program such as admissions standards, increased professional development for the faculty, and utilization of best practices in curriculum delivery and assessment from across the Alabama Community College System have contributed significantly to the continued gains we’ve experienced in our passage rates.”
“We are ecstatic with these most recent scores,” commented Calhoun President Dr. Jim Klauber. “We are so very proud of the outstanding performance of our students on their licensure exams and applaud the efforts of our nursing faculty in training and preparing these students as they successfully enter the workforce,” Klauber added.