Rend Lake College nursing students who took exams to become licensed this year passed 98 percent of the time the first time they took the test.
According to figures from National Council Licensure Examinations taken from January to the present, all 59 students in RLC’s Practical Nursing program who took the Practical Nursing licensure exam passed on their first try. That 100 percent rating is exceptionally higher than the national average of 88 percent.
From January 2007 through June 2007, 25 RLC students took the NCLEX for Registered Nurses for the first time, and 23 passed, resulting in a 92 percent pass rate. From June 2007 to the present, seven more students have tested for the NCLEX-RN and all seven have passed. Candidates across the nation pass 85 percent of the time on the NCLEX for RNs.
Kelli Lewis, Allied Health Division Chair at RLC, said the drop in pass rate for RN students is because the level of difficulty increases from the PN program to the RN program. The RN program, she said, requires much more analysis and critical thinking.
Lewis credited the dedication of nursing faculty at RLC for their students’ tremendous success on the NCLEX. Instructors will sometimes spend more than 12 hours each day in clinical instruction with the students, she explained. That time is in addition to being in the classroom day after day.
“They are amazing,” Lewis said. “I can’t say enough about them.”
Kelly McKelvy, a first semester RN student, said her instructors at RLC use a common-sense approach that she finds helpful.
“She takes the information and puts into words that I easily understand,” she said. “I feel extremely confident in my ability to use what I have learned because of the quality of instruction and training I am receiving at RLC.”
“[The NCLEX pass rate by RLC students] speaks highly of our nursing department and the preparation our students receive,” RLC Vice President of Instruction Jim Hull said.
For more information about opportunities in nursing at RLC, call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1251.