HCC nursing students perform best of Maryland community colleges

(November 9, 2017) – Students in the associate degree nursing program at Hagerstown Community College scored the highest of all of Maryland’s 16 community colleges for the NCLEX-RN first-time candidate exam, during the 2016-2017 academic year. Among all the nursing programs in the state (including bachelor’s degree programs), HCC ranked second, immediately following Johns Hopkins University. Seventy-one of 74 HCC associate degree nursing students passed this required state nursing exam for an overall pass rate of 95.95 percent.

All HCC students in the practical nursing program passed the NCLEX-PN first-time candidate exam for the 2016-2017 academic year, continuing HCC’s record of maintaining a 100 percent pass rate in the practical nursing program.

"The nursing faculty and I are very proud of our nursing students and our NCLEX scores,” said Karen Hammond, director of the nursing division. “We work very hard to help our students prepare for the exam and be successful as they enter the nursing profession. To have scored top among community colleges and second overall in the state is very rewarding and clearly indicates how well prepared our nurses are when the graduate.”

The NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is a national exam required for registered and practical nurses. NCLEX exams are designed to test knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. Students who do not pass these exams cannot practice nursing.

For more information about HCC’s nursing programs, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/nursing