Graduates of the Practical Nursing program at Meridian Technology Center continue to surpass state and national certification testing pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
The NCLEX is the final step to entering the nursing profession. Individuals must graduate from a recognized nursing program, meet the requirements of their state board of nursing and then pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX exam before practicing.
Each of Meridian’s most recent Practical Nursing graduates received NCLEX certification on their first attempt. Oklahoma has a pass rate of 90.72 percent on the exam. Last year 50,971 prospective licensed practical nurses took the exam for the first-time nationally, with 81.89 percent of them passing.
Data from the last three years on Meridian’s Practical Nursing graduates reflect that students have a 98 percent pass rate on the NCLEX. Additionally, graduates report a 92 percent job placement rate and 98 percent graduate satisfaction. Employers report a 93 percent satisfaction rate regarding Meridian grads.
Dolores Cotton, Practical Nursing Coordinator at Meridian, credits much of student success to the design of the program. Students divide their time between mastering theory in the classroom and working in clinical settings. Clinicals provide students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and demonstrate their skills with patients, under the supervision of a clinical instructor and medical professionals.
“I think an additional factor that has an impact on the achievement our students obtain includes the support they receive from their family and friends,” Cotton said. “It takes one year to complete the program, but it’s a tough year. Many of our students have spouses and children that play a vital role in encouraging them to do their best. When they walk across the stage for graduation it’s a celebration for everyone, not just our student.”
Applications will be accepted for the fall 2016 nursing program until June 1. Meridian will host a program orientation for prospective students on April 29 and May 9. The session will explain the application process, review prerequisite courses and discuss requirements that students must meet once accepted into the program. Visit meridiantech.edu/lpn for more information about the program and orientation times.