Making the grade: Northwest Florida State College excels with Nursing program

NICEVILLE, FL – Spring 2019 saw the largest graduating cohort ever for Northwest Florida State College’s Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, with 56 students graduating. If that was not enough good news for the ASN program at NWFSC, every student who attempted the National Counsel Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) this spring (55 of 56), passed the test and obtained their license.

“I am so proud of these graduates and am honored to work with the ASN faculty members who always strive for excellence in the classroom, labs and clinical settings,” said Dr. Charlotte Kuss, director of nursing at Northwest Florida State College. “As this largest cohort of Northwest Florida State College RN graduates joins the hundreds of Raider nurses already in practice, we know we’re changing lives and making a difference in our communities.”

The NCLEX-RN is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses and must be passed before being licensed to practice nursing in the United States and Canada. Northwest Florida State College’s NCLEX-RN passing rate is so high that it ranks in the top percentile for nursing passing rates in the country.

Currently our College’s NCLEX-RN passing rate is 98.5%, while the State of Florida’s passing rate is 72.9%, and nationally the passing rate is 89.3%.

“Our nursing program is a reflection of our College’s goal, to be the best at what we do,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Northwest Florida State College. “I am pleased to see our students and faculty members rising to the challenge and creating one of the most successful nursing programs in the country.”

The ASN program began at Northwest Florida State College in 2001, with the first graduating class in 2003. To date there have been 29 ASN graduating classes over 17 years. For more information about the ASN or BSN programs at Northwest Florida State College contact Karin McKnight at or call 850-729-6400.

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