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Rates surpass National Average

Halifax Community College (HCC) nursing graduates have scored above the national average on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Web site, the exam is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. NCLEX results are an important component used by boards of nursing to make decisions about licensure.

HCC's registered nurses (RN) pass rate was 95% for those graduating in May 2006. That means that 21 out of 22 graduates passed the exam on their first attempt. The national first time RN pass rate is 88%. The pass rate for HCC's practical nurses (PN) class, which graduated in July 2006, was 94.7%, or 18 out of 19 passed on the first attempt. The national first time PN pass rate is 87.9%. Passing the NCLEX is usually the final step in the nurse licensure process.

The exam is given to RNs and PNs in the United States and internationally. Candidates may take the exam at any approved Pearson Professional Center. The closest testing locations for HCC graduates are in Greenville and Raleigh.

Employment opportunities for nurses include those in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician's offices, and industry and community agencies. For more information about the nursing curriculum, call (252) 536-HCC1 (4221).