Heeather Mitchell of Johnson learns the correct way to glove as part of the training in the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal. The LPN program has been ranked number one in the state of the 24 state-approved LPN programs in Kansas based on NCLEX-PN first-time pass rates. Visit the website at http://www.practicalnursing.org/lpn-programs/kansas for a complete listing. Courtesy photo
• Special to the Leader & Times
If anyone is looking at becoming a licensed practical nurse, they don’t have to look too far to find a quality program close to home.
According to the practicalnursing.org website, the LPN program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has been ranked number one in the state out of the 24 state-approved LPN programs in Kansas based on NCLEX-PN first time pass rates.
Visit the website at http://www.practicalnursing.org/lpn-programs/kansas for a complete listing.
Students who enroll in a state-approved nursing program in Kansas must first successfully complete the course and then take the required National Council Licensure Examination or NCLEX. According to the Practical Nursing website, the NCLEX-PN rates is one of the best ways to determine how well a school is preparing their students for a career in practical nursing, and that is why the rank is based on this.
For eight straight years, the SCCC/ATS Practical Nursing program pass rate for first time candidates taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) was 100 percent. The most recently published Kansas average pass rate was 91.99 percent and the national average pass rate was 84.23 percent.
The SCCC/ATS Practical Nursing program had its first graduating class in 1979 and there have been 19 graduating classes with 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam: 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
“Our nursing instructors do an incredible job of teaching and mentoring our students,” said Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president. “This recognition is validation of the excellent instruction and clinical experience our students receive. I’m very proud of our program and excited to see this type of recognition.”
Of the 24 LPN programs in Kansas, SCCC/ATS was one of only four with 100 percent pass rates last year.
Nursing faculty members at SCCC/ATS include Nancy Bansemer, Sandy Brisendine, Dawn Hemphill, Mary Ruiz, Susan Ingland, Sandy Mead, Jennifer Antrim and Sandy Wolfram. Veda King is the director of nursing.
For information about the nursing program, call at 620-417-1401 or email at
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