Nursing Students Achieve 100% Passage Rate

Several new graduates of the registered nursing program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton recently took the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). All 10 participants passed the exam on their first sit. 
UACCM students who took the exam were also enrolled in the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC), which is based at six rural Arkansas community colleges and educates Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) to become Registered Nurses (RNs). In the program, students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing, enabling them to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. 
According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, Arkansas will need between 27,000 and 30,000 RNs within the next four years. The NCLEX-RN is used to ensure public protection, as all candidates for licensure must pass the examination which measures the skills needed to perform safely and effectively as newly licensed, entry-level registered nurses. NCLEX-RN scores are used by state and territorial boards of nursing to assist in making licensure decisions.
According to Marilyn Thomas, UACCM Division Chair of Health Sciences and Adult Education, “We are extremely proud of our recent graduates who did so well on the NCLEX-RN. It is encouraging to know that our future health care workforce will possess the competencies necessary to be successful in this high-demand career area.”
For more information on the UACCM nursing program, contact the UACCM Admissions Office at (501) 977-2000 or visit www.uaccm.edu. Information on the ARNEC program can be found at www.arnec.org.

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