100% of ACC Nursing Graduates Pass State Certification Exam

decorative signage in the grass; "ACC NURSING HEROES"(Aug. 24, 2020) – Alamance Community College has announced that an unprecedented 100 percent of its 24 graduates of the 2020 Associate Degree in Nursing program have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn their certification as Registered Nurses.

NCLEX is used across the country to determine if graduates from RN programs have acquired and retained the necessary knowledge, judgment and critical thinking skills during their nursing training to begin practicing as an entry-level RN. The test is primarily a multiple-choice test, with a minimum of 75 questions that grow progressively more difficult with each correctly answered question. Because it is a pass/fail test, no letter grade or score is earned.

“This is truly amazing given the fact that we had to move all learning to online in March and not only stop face-to-face learning, but also any clinical practice as well. Nursing education is both didactic and lots of hands-on experiences,” said Alma Thompson, Department Head of the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Between 2017-2019, ACC’s nursing graduates had a passing rate of 90%, higher than the North Carolina average passing rate of 84%, according to Thompson.

Last year, ACC recorded a 100% passing rate by all 12 nursing graduates taking evening classes, a landmark accomplishment for that program. The same achievement by double the number of students in the day program this summer takes it to another level, according to David Frazee, Dean of Health and Public Services.

“Our students spent additional hours in study and review to prepare for the exam this year,” said Dr. Connie Wolfe, Vice President of Instruction. “Passing the NCLEX so quickly after completing the program has allowed our students to enter the workforce to provide excellent and much-needed health care during the pandemic.”