Associate Degree Nursing students from the class of 2011 achieved a 91.8 percent first-time pass rate when 135 of 147 students passed the NCLEX on their first try. The 2011 state’s average is 88.1 percent while the national average is 87.8 percent.
The Practical Nursing program graduates posted a 94.7 percent pass rate, which is equal to the state average but surpassed the national average of 86 percent. Ninety of 95 practical nursing students passed on their first try.
“We are extremely proud of these nursing scores,” said Penne Mott, dean of Health Sciences at Bevill State. “Our nursing faculty and staff have worked extremely hard this past year to improve student success and these scores are reflective of that dedication and commitment.”
Bevill State’s program is nationally recognized as one of the top 50 community college producers of associate degree nurses. The college has seen continued growth over the years and challenges that have resulted from that growth.
“As our program numbers grow, our faculty and staff numbers remain the same or decrease as a result of state funding. Additionally, finding qualified clinical instructors is a constant battle in our rural setting,” Mott said.
Reitha Cabaniss, Bevill State’s Director of Nursing programs, explained that classroom instructors and a percentage of clinical instructors must be certified with a Master’s degree in nursing. To address this issue and assist with student success, the college implemented several initiatives in the 2010-2011 year. Among those initiatives were a mandatory NCLEX review class, a reduced number of applicants accepted into the program, and new nursing simulation equipment installed at all Bevill State locations.
“The improved NCLEX scores are indicative that the improvements we made in both the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs were successful,” Cabaniss said.
Nursing programs are offered at all locations of Bevill State. For more information, visit the college’s Web site at bscc.edu.