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Practical Nursing Program Achieves High Passing Rate on Licensing State Board Exam

For the past six years, CCC’s Practical Nursing program has been maintaining a high passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX- PN®. This achievement makes the practical nursing track an exceptional program at Coahoma Community College.

Practical Nursing Program Achieves High Passing Rate on Licensing State Board Exam

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Mon Oct 8, 2018

For the past six years, CCC’s Practical Nursing program has been maintaining a high passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX- PN®. This achievement makes the practical nursing track an exceptional program at Coahoma Community College.

Students who graduate from the PN program must take the NCLEX-PN® in order to become a licensed practical nurse, an LPN.

The licensure exam is computer adaptive, which means test questions are based on one’s level of knowledge in a particular field of study. With 75-205 test questions, students are presented with multiple-choice items, as well as, multiple alternate format items that validate minimum competency for an entry-level nurse position, according to PN program director Chequitia Dixon.

“This test evaluates critical thinking and clinical judgment,” Dixon says. “Test takers have up to five hours to complete the test.”

Some of the multiple format questions require test takers to, among other things, work out dosage calculations for fill-in-the-blanks, drag and drop answer choices and identify parts of a graphic. There’s also an audio segment that requires headphones. Graduates of the PN program take the Assessment Technologies Institute comprehensive review, an online practice test that assist with student preparation for the NCLEX-PN®.

Because students are expected to excel in course curriculum, they spend many hours in intense study.

Dixon, who recently received her doctorate in nursing education and administration from William Carey University, is elated that the program is thriving.

“The overall goal of the Practical Nursing program is to provide quality education to the students we serve in a welcoming environment that facilitates learning,” says Dixon.

“In addition, we provide a service to our community by producing competent entry-level licensed practical nurses to address the nursing shortage in the Mississippi Delta.  The PN faculty is dedicated to student success and often go above what is required to support our students.  Our students receive frequent advisement and are challenged to strive for excellence despite their current circumstance.”

The health science program has also maintained a 94 percent job placement rate for the past five years. Clinical affiliates have CCC graduates in this particular field on their radars for employment.

Every year, PN students represent Coahoma Community College at the Mississippi LPN Association convention, and they usually place in one or more of the MLPNA competitions. The Jay Slaughter Nursing scholarship was awarded to Klydra Johnson and Mirion Thompson placed 2nd in the Prepared Speech category at this year’s convention.

Dixon credits the PN instructors and administrators for the program’s production of workforce-ready LPNs.

“Having been a PN instructor for five years, I understand the hard work and dedication required of the faculty to ensure student success,” said Dixon. “The faculty are compassionate, firm and loving.  We expect nothing but the very best from of all students.”

The PN instructors strive to continue lifelong learning by attending professional development seminars, remaining active in professional nursing organizations and pursuing advanced degrees in nursing education, Dixon said.

Dixon hopes each graduate of the program pursue higher degrees in nursing, acquire leadership positions and impact the nursing profession through lobbying for the purpose of law improvement in the healthcare field. 

Beverly Overton, dean of the Health Sciences department, said graduating classes of the Practical Nursing program have been consistent in earning exceptional passing scores ranging from 90 to 100 percent on the NCLEX-PN®.

As dean of CCC health science programs, two main goals she has for the PN program are to retain and graduate students. She also wants all graduates to pass their national registry, which enables them to find employment.

“I am very excited about the 2018 program outcome,” said Overton.

“I send my sincere appreciation to Emily Gordon, Janet Johns, and Annie Hankins, who are the outstanding faculty, Dr. Chequitia Dixon, an excellent director of practical nursing, Wendy Harris, a skilled administrative assistant, and Aneika Moore, an outstanding Student Navigator. Coahoma Community College is very fortunate to have qualified, caring faculty and a program director who skillfully guides the students to success.”

Dixon thanks Overton for contributing to students’ excellent achievements as the program’s overseer.

“Ms. Beverly Overton, Dean of Health Sciences is supportive as an administrator,” said Dixon. “She ensures students’ needs are met, and funds are appropriately allocated for student success.”