Excelling pass rates by Mohave Community College’s registered nursing (RN) graduates on national board exams has placed MCC in the top 35 percent of all nursing schools in Arizona.
“Our RN graduates historically perform really well on the exam required for licensure,” said Paula McNichols, director of MCC’s RN program. “Of the graduates who tested, about 92 percent passed the exam on their first attempt. We continuously tell students that we are not only preparing you for a rewarding career, but we are preparing you to have the expected competency to excel in your career.”
According to McNichols, MCC’s success can be attributed to a low student-instructor ratio, which ensures students receive individualized attention, consistent testing and instruction to increase students’ competency, and immediate attention to unexpected risks to academic performance. Additionally, MCC’s students receive enhanced hands-on training through advanced simulation and valued partnerships between the college, regional hospitals, and local health agencies.
“Our faculty really do care,” McNichols said. “If we know students are having challenges, we’re there to help them.”
RN graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to begin practicing. MCC’s RN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
Photo: MCC’s Class of 2014 registered nursing graduates excelled on the national exam for licensure. Pictured are the Fall 2014 graduates.