Congratulations, NCC nursing grads!
Graduates of Northampton Community College's registered nursing program achieved the highest pass rate among all of the associate degree nursing programs in the state. All of the NCC nursing graduates who took the exam in 2014-15 passed on the first attempt. The average pass rate across the state was 87.17%, slightly above the national average of 84.18%.
Graduates of Northampton's licensed practical nursing program also exceeded state and national averages with a pass rate of 92% compared to 82.08% in Pennsylvania and 81.18% nationwide.
Many of the nurses employed in hospitals, doctors' offices and nursing homes in the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos began their education at Northampton. More than 3200 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses have graduated from Northampton since 1967.
"This year's graduates should be very proud of themselves," says Mary Jean Osborne, the director of NCC's nursing programs. "First-time National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) pass rates are an essential measurement of educational quality. The pass rate of our RN and LPN graduates reflects the united efforts of faculty, support staff, clinical partners, and the students themselves to prepare nurses for safe, competent practice in our increasingly complex healthcare environment."