Nursing programs top state pass rates

A photo of simulation coordinator Brenda Bishop working with a nursing student in the simulation lab

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville nursing programs are celebrating pass rates that surpass state and national averages according to data released in the October issue of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Update magazine.

The state nursing board published the annual pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination, the licensure exam for nurses, for the 2016-2017 fiscal year for both registered nursing and practical nursing programs at colleges across the state. UACCB’s registered nursing program had a 92.1 percent pass rate and the practical nursing program had a 94.1 percent pass rate for the year, exceeding state and national pass rate averages. State and national averages for RN programs are 84.9 percent and 86.2 percent respectively. For PN programs, the state average is 90.9 percent followed by the national average of 83.7 percent.

“We are proud of the UACCB nursing faculty and all personnel on campus who have dedicated so much of their time and energy to help students achieve success. The productivity of the students, faculty and staff is revealed in the exemplary passage rates of our graduates on the national nursing licensure examination,” said Dr. Brian Shonk, vice chancellor for academics.

Marietta Candler, division chair of nursing and allied health, said the success of UACCB’s programs shows no sign of slowing down.

“The most recent graduating class of practical nursing students had a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX,” Candler said. “I couldn’t be happier with the faculty’s efforts to help our students succeed. They have spent countless hours exploring methods to increase the quality of the program and success of the students. I’m also very proud of our students. I’ve watched them pull together to become a team and help each other persevere through the program. It’s wonderful to see their hard work pay off.”

UACCB was one of 14 institutions to receive the College Completion Grant awarded by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. UACCB used a portion of the funding to provide life coaches from Myers-Davis Life Coaching, program specific tutors and an advisor specifically for PN students.

“My life coaches helped me realize that my struggles could be overcome. I would have given up on school without the steady encouragement of my life coaches, tutors and advisors,” said Kendra Davis, a 2017 PN graduate.

UACCB’s practical nursing program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, and the registered nursing program is approved by the state board and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing through 2020.

Candler said two information sessions will be held Nov. 13 in the nursing and allied health lecture hall in room 902 for those interested in applying to the nursing programs. Sessions will be held at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The application process for nursing program will begin in the spring 2018. Candler said interested students should attend the information sessions to learn about required pre-requisite courses needed to be accepted to the program along with information about the application process.

“With such strong programs, I am still surprised when I occasionally hear someone suggest that our nursing programs are closing or have closed,” Shonk said. “I trust the facts presented in the ASBN Update are evidence to support that UACCB’s programs are of the highest quality and are here for the long term.”