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March 31, 2014

Wallace State’s Practical Nursing program tops state ranking

HANCEVILLE — The Practical Nursing program at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala., is at the top of the list when it comes to the success of students passing the National Council Licensure for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) exam.

practicalnursing.org used licensure rates to rank 22 practical nursing program in the state to determine which colleges are better preparing their students to enter the workforce. According to its website, practicalnursing.org works to provide students with better transparency in regards to practical and vocational nursing programs throughout the state to allow them to better match the right school accessible to them.

According the calculations by practicalnursing.org, every Wallace State student who successfully completed the practical nursing program between 2011 and 2013 also passed the NCLEX-PN exam that is required by the state to acquire a license to practice. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing states that passing the exam demonstrates a student’s competence that enables them to launch their nursing career.

With its 100 percent pass rate, Wallace State proved to be the state’s best practical nursing program, continuing a long-standing tradition of commitment to providing its students with the best and most up-to-date training.

Wallace State’s RN program, which is an associate degree program, also achieved outstanding results with a 92.9 percent pass rate.

“As a testament to the quality of learning that occurs in our nursing program, for 2012-13 our licensure exam pass rate again far exceeded state and national averages. Graduates of university baccalaureate nursing programs sit for the same licensure exam as our two-year graduates, yet Wallace State’s graduates outperformed all but two of Alabama’s sixteen universities last year. I would say that is a great return on the investment of our state dollars,” said Wallace State President Vicki Hawsey Karolewics.

“We are excited to be recognized for our efforts and so proud of our students who succeeded in passing their licensure exams,” said Deborah Hoover, director of Wallace State’s Nursing Program.

“Ensuring that our students can immediately enter the workforce upon graduation as skilled and caring practitioners is one of our main goals,” Hoover said. “And the success of those student with their licensure exams is a sign that we are reaching that goal,” she added. Practical nursing students who graduated in 2013 were 100 percent either employed in-field or pursuing higher educational attainment.

“WSCC is committed the community by not only promoting an innovating and engaging environment, but also by providing teaching excellence, valuing diversity, and forging strategic partnerships to advance economic development to enrich the community,” the site stated.

The Wallace State Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

For more information about Wallace State, visit www.wallacestate.edu or call 256-352-8000 or 866-35-WSCC.

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