The 37 members of the May 2008 graduation class of Associate degree Nursing students at Northwest Florida State College all recently completed the national examination to be licensed as Registered Nurses and the class posted a 100 percent passing rate. Nationwide, nearly 70,000 associate degree nursing graduates take the exam annually with an average passing rate of 85 percent. This is the third time in the six year history of the college's nursing program, and the second year in a row, that the nursing graduates have earned a 100 percent passing rate.
The NWF State College Associate of Science in Nursing graduates completed a rigorous two-year program of study at the college prior to sitting for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam.
According to Charlotte Kuss, Director of Nursing at NWF State College, entry into the practice of nursing in the United States is regulated by licensing authorities to ensure public protection. "Candidates for licensure are required to pass the exam that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level registered nurse," explained Kuss. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing develops the licensure examination which is used by state boards. "This 100 passing rate speaks well of the strength of our nursing programs and the competitive nature of our admissions process," said Dr. Jill White, NWF State College senior vice president. "We're producing skilled professionals who are ready to serve our local health care community and the citizens of our state."
The NWF State College Associate degree Registered Nursing program began in 2001 as the first health technology program at the college and to date has graduated 265 students. Health instruction programs at the college also include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Dental Assisting, Radiography, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.
Nursing, Radiography and Dental Assisting all hold a once per year admissions process for students to begin each Fall term. Applications are currently being accepted until April 1, 2009. For information see the nursing website at www.nwfstatecollege.edu/nursing or call 729-6400.