Northeast Iowa Community College's (NICC) nursing program was recently ranked No. 1 in the state following a rigorous five-year evaluation by Practicalnursing.org, a nursing advocacy group.
The nursing group evaluated the pass rates of NICC nursing students on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a standard industry exam in the United States. Susan Schneider, the college’s nursing director, expressed pride with the rating.
"This is a great honor and is made possible by the tremendous work and excellence of our faculty, staff, students, administration, community and health care facilities," Schneider said. "We are proud to be a part of facilitating professional nursing careers throughout the northeast Iowa district and beyond."
The ranking is significant for the program because pass rates are valuable in determining a school’s capacity to offer quality programs, according to Practicalnursing.org.
Iowa’s current economic climate appears favorable for licensed practical nursing positions. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate strong job growth over the next several years.
NICC’s practical nursing program, approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, comprises classroom, laboratory and clinical experience to train students to work at health care facilities. Once they complete the program, students take the NCLEX to become licensed practical nurses.
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