By Niagara County Community College
To become licensed as a registered nurse or practical nurse, students who graduate from a state-approved registered nursing or practical nursing program must pass the National Council License Examination (NCLEX). Both of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) RN and PN programs have routinely received rates above the state and national averages for success in passing these exams. In 2020, NCCC nursing grads achieved a 94.05% pass rate for the NCLEX-RN and a 100% pass rate was achieved for the NCLEX-PN.
These exams are given via a computer and include various types of questions to test the knowledge of a graduate nurse to perform in the clinical setting caring for patients. A student becomes licensed as a RN or PN through passing this exam after graduation.
When asked about the success of NCCC nursing graduates, Diane Pytlik-Flammia, assistant vice president of academic affairs for nursing and allied health, said, “The organization of our curriculum, dedication to student success, and preparation through our faculty teaching is what has provided this foundation for students to be successful on these licensure exams.”
She noted the 100% employment rates for graduates of NCCC’s nursing program: “Many employers in the area reach out to us on a weekly basis wanting to recruit our students. We have a very good reputation in the area for producing well-prepared nurses.”
For more information on the NCCC nursing program, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/nah/.