Practical Nursing Program Produces Perfect Passing Rates

2013-09-17 | Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations - Matthew E. Killebrew, Director; (662) 621-4157 -
Photos by Darby Lamb, Assistant Director of Web Services, Coahoma Community College - (662) 621-4044 -
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Pictured from left to right are 2013 graduates and Licensed Practical Nurses, LaQuinta Clark, from Lambert, MS; LaShunda Banks, from Ruleville, MS; Brittany Mitchell, from Greenville, MS; Ashley Williams, from Greenwood, MS; Harrison Austin, from Cleveland, MS; Assistant Vice President for Health Services, and Director of Practical Nursing, Beverly Overton; Tatiara Hollins, from Clarksdale, MS; Chequitia Dixon, instructor; and Emily Gordon, instructor. Not pictured are July 2013 graduates and Licensed Practical Nurses Kierra Deberry, of Horn Lake, MS; Amanda Evans, of Greenville, MS; Shanika Brown, of Doddsville, MS; and Jemyle Collins, of Mound Bayou, MS.

For the second consecutive year, all of the students that completed Coahoma Community College’s Practical Nursing program passed their NCLEX-PN® examinations on their first try. The last two classes have seen a total of 23 consecutive students pass the licensure examination that’s mandated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Twelve students accomplished the feat in 2012 and 11 more passed “first write” this year.

2013 Practical Nursing Graduates

Practical Nursing is a 12-month certificate program. The Practical Nursing program prepares students to assist in providing general nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse, physician or dentist. According to the NCSBN website, 34,177 total candidates have taken the NCLEX-PN® exam in 2013 and fewer than 72 percent have passed.

“We’ve had students from many counties come through our program,” said Assistant Vice President for Health Services, and Director of Practical Nursing, Beverly Overton. “We’re excited to be able to produce these kinds of results and believe the success of our students reflects the quality of our instructors and the rigor of our program.”