South Louisiana Community College’s most recent Registered Nursing graduates successfully achieved a 100% National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) board pass rate. The May 2018 cohort of 31 graduates earned Associate of Science degrees.
“This is a testament to our students’ and faculty hard work, dedication, and commitment. This cohort of students worked as a collaborative group, empowering each other to overcome issues or problems they may have experienced during their tenure here at the college. With the current national NCLEX-RN pass rate of 89.25%, and the fact that this is the third cohort of graduates to complete the program, this is quite an accomplishment,” said Dr. Rebecca Harris-Smith, SLCC’s Dean of Nursing and Allied Health.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the most commonly reported initial nursing education of RNs in the U.S. is the Associate Degree in Nursing, representing 45.4 percent of nurses.
SLCC started the RN program in 2014 with help from the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Lafayette General Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, and Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
“In 2018, according to the Gallup Poll, Registered Nursing remains number one on the list for the most trusted profession. We believe nursing is a calling that a student must be inspired to do,” said Harris-Smith. “The faculty is committed to the healthcare of the community and we strive to provide a very strong family bond in a nurturing environment. We want to ensure that each graduate is a competent, compassionate, and caring nurse prepared to provide holistic healthcare to their patients.”
All Spring 2018 graduates are currently employed in their profession. The next cohort of students is expected to graduate in Spring 2019.
ABOUT ACADIANA’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
South Louisiana Community College is a comprehensive community college that operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Houma, Lafayette, Morgan City, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, and Ville Platte. The college serves more than 15,000 students annually and offers an array of academic programs. Students earn associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and industry-based certifications. It is ranked 14th among the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers as determined by Community College Week.