PIQUA — Edison State Community College is proud to announce that 97 percent percent of the Spring 2015 nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX).
“Student success is always a top priority for us and something we strive for every day,” said Gwen Stevenson, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The exam, developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), is utilized by states and other jurisdictions to determine licensure as a registered nurse; to ensure public protection, and to measure the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.
There were 36 graduates from the nursing program that took the exam, with 35 earning a passing score. Currently, there are 180 students enrolled in nursing at Edison State Community College, and 60 have been selected to begin the program in January 2016.
“Our high pass rate reflects the hard work of our students as well as the commitment of our faculty members. Faculty members care deeply about preparing students to become excellent nurses in our local healthcare systems,” added Stevenson.
The exam is administered at various testing centers throughout the state and utilizes computer adaptive testing.
The associate’s degree Nursing program at Edison is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The program consists of sequential courses that require five consecutive terms to complete.
Graduates receive the Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX for licensure as a registered nurse. Such nurses are prepared to provide direct care to persons with common short-term and long-term illnesses.
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations due to the aging of the nation’s population, overall economic conditions, aging of the nursing workforce, and changes in healthcare reimbursement.
Applications for Edison’s Registered Nursing program are currently being accepted for fall 2016 semester. For more information about the program, visit the Academic Programs page at www.edisonohio.edu.