Students in the associate degree nursing program at Hagerstown Community College scored highest in the state for the NCLEX-RN first-time candidate exam, during the 2010-2011 academic year. Forty-seven of 48 students passed the exam for an overall pass rate of 97.92 percent.
“The nursing faculty and I are very proud of our nursing students and our NCLEX scores,” said Karen Hammond, director of the nursing division. “We work very hard to help our students prepare for this exam and be successful as they enter the nursing profession. This year’s results clearly indicate the strength of our students and our nursing program.”
The NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is a national exam, required for registered and practical nurses. NCLEX exams are designed to test knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level. Students who do not pass these exams cannot practice nursing. HCC’s pass rate for its practical nursing students has consistently been 100 percent.