Weatherford College Associate Degree Nursing program graduates passed their registered nurse license exam on their first attempt at a rate of 95.2 percent this past year.
This pass rate accounts for 125 WC ADN graduates who took the RN National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) from October 2017 through September 2018.
“This success rate represents the determination and passion that our graduates have for achieving their goal and beginning their career as an RN, and the professionalism and dedication of the ADN faculty who don’t just teach—they guide the students’ ability to apply knowledge and judgment to clinical practice,” ADN Department Chair Cheryl Livengood said. “I could not be more proud of our graduates and faculty. I am also proud of the very small percent of our graduates who do not pass that first attempt—because they stay focused on their goal and then pass on their second attempt.”
Comparatively, the year-to-date national RN NCLEX first attempt pass rate for ADN programs is 86.7 percent and 92.2 percent for Bachelor of Science Nursing programs, according to the National Council State Boards of Nursing.
“The remarkable rate of success we’ve seen on the NCLEX is a testament to the quality and dedication of our students,” said Mike Endy, WC’s Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. “We are proud of them, what they’ve done in their preparation for their chosen professions, and we look forward to the tremendous contribution they will make to our community and the region as they enter the workplace.
“That said, the incredible results of this year’s NCLEX exams continue a pattern of excellence that has existed for quite some time in the ADN program at WC. That pattern of excellence is a testament to the faculty who serve those students. They are there, in the classroom, the lab, and the clinical sites. They are the ones teaching, mentoring, and guiding the students. They fuel the program’s success and we are most fortunate to have them working with us at WC.”