DOTHAN – Wallace Community College-Dothan (WCCD) Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program graduates have once again achieved outstanding pass rates on their NCLEX exam for 2022, with a pass rate of 95.39% for ADN graduates. WCCD’s 152 graduates achieved the second-highest pass rate for 2022 in the Alabama Community College System (ACCS). WCCD’s scores landed just 0.26% behind Southern Union State Community College, which had 92 candidates sit for the exam in 2022.
In response to the 2022 scores, the Alabama Board of Nursing commended WCCD administration, faculty and staff on “maintaining high standards for quality in nursing education,” and for WCCD’s “contribution to the nursing profession.” The 2022 statewide pass rate for all associate degree programs was 88.66%.
Each state requires its nursing graduates to meet certain passing standards set by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). The NCLEX-RN exam is used to regulate licensing to become a Registered Nurse (RN) and has been developed to assess certain competencies so that the candidate can perform as a licensed entry-level RN.
The 2022 pass rate was an increase from the previous year; in 2021, the ADN pass rate was 92.31%.
“Our Associate Degree Nursing program, along with each other program within the Health Sciences, aims to produce graduates who are highly qualified and able to step into the healthcare roles they seek to assume,” said Kathy Buntin, WCCD Health Sciences Associate Dean. “A program’s graduate pass rates should be a major factor in choosing a nursing program in which one wants to enroll, and the 2022 pass rate of the ADN program at Wallace exemplifies a quality that stands above others. Nationwide, first-time and total pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) have fallen to their lowest points in the last 10 years, but we are so very proud of the performance of our ADN graduates, both on their licensure exam and in the roles they play at our healthcare facilities.”
“This remarkable success has not been easily earned but with the dedicated faculty of the Associate Degree Nursing program and the students that are driven to learn to provide excellent, quality care to their patients, this milestone has been achieved,” said Dr. Jacqueline Spivey, WCCD Division Director, Associate Degree Nursing. “Our graduates are aware that nursing is a place where you can learn every day. It is also a place where you can make a difference in the lives of your patients with compassion and understanding. Our wonderful faculty prepare these students to face the challenges that they will encounter in nursing and this ever-changing healthcare environment.”
The Associate Degree Nursing program at WCCD is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and has held full accreditation since it was first granted in 1978.
Applications for admission to the Fall 2023 ADN program, in addition to other WCCD health sciences programs, are currently being accepted and can be found online at wallace.edu. The deadline to apply is May 26, 2023.
For a list of all WCCD health sciences programs and their applications, please visit wallace.edu.