BCCC nursing graduates achieve a 100 percent pass rate on national licensing exams

Thirty-eight out of 38 Baltimore City Community College first-time 2009 candidates to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) test to be certified as a Registered Nurse have successfully passed the exam, according to the Maryland Board of Nursing, garnering a 100 percent pass rate for the college. One BCCC first-time 2009 candidate to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) passed that exam.

To become an LPN, a person must first pass the NCLEX-PN test, which is required by all 50 states for licensing as a practical nurse. The average NCLEX-PN pass rate for first-time 2009 practical nursing candidates of Maryland community colleges was 97.10 percent.

The BCCC Associate of Science degree in Nursing can be earned over two years through a professionally recognized curriculum of 70 course credits including Anatomy and Physiology; Microbiology; Medical-Surgical Nursing of Adults; Maternal and Child Health Nursing; and Care of the Client with Mental Health Problems.

The College’s Practical Nurse Certificate program involves a one-year curriculum of courses that prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-PN. Prospective students may select the program either upon admission to the College or after completing core courses. The BCCC Nursing Certificate can be completed by earning 45 credits of comprehensive courses. LPNs function under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse and/or a physician to provide care for clients in a variety of health care settings, and work in a team relationship with other health care providers. Students who are already LPNs may enroll in BCCC’s LPN-to-ADN Bridge program, which offers a compressed curriculum enabling direct advancement to the Associate of Science in Nursing degree.

Both BCCC Nursing degree and certificate students experience opportunities to practice their nursing skills and apply classroom-learned theory at a variety of local hospitals, clinics, day care centers, and other community-based settings.

In its 2005 report, “Nursing Faculty Shortage, Causes, Effects, and Suggestions for Resolution,” which emphasized the need for nurses, both locally and nationally, the Maryland Statewide Commission on the Crisis in Nursing concluded, “Maryland, like the rest of the nation, is experiencing a shortage of nurses that is likely to worsen in coming years. Intensive career awareness and targeted student recruitment activities have influenced many more men and women to consider a nursing career, and nursing education programs have heard the call to increase capacity and enrollment in an effort to close the gap…state and national projections predict that shortages will increase as the population ages and requires more care, at the same time that practicing nurses start to retire in larger numbers. In Maryland, this confluence of factors is expected to result in a shortage of 17,116 nurses by 2012.”

BCCC is dedicated in its efforts to meet this need by delivering quality education and training through nursing degree and certificate programs which seek both to lead, and build leaders in, the nursing field.

For more information, contact Kathy A. Hausman, Ph.D., RN, chair of the BCCC Nursing & Allied Health department, at (410) 462-7771.  

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