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Graduates of CCC's Associate Degree Nursing program Class of 2015 are pictured, front row, from left, Shirley Rios of Rena Lara, MS; Shontorius Hill of Glendora, MS; Arlene Ferrell of Batesville, MS; Erma Fields of Clarksdale, MS; Kateria Evans of Clarksdale, MS; Kierra DeBerry of Horn Lake, MS; Kimberly Yarbrough of Clarksdale, MS; Von’Shaella McClinton of Doddsville, MS; (back row) Kabreisha Johnson of Leland, MS; Stephanie Place of Cleveland, MS; Tasha Rucker of Clarksdale, MS; Brittany Smith of Batesville, MS; Yolanda Bovan of Cleveland, MS; Juanita Ivy of Oxford, MS; David Burchfield of Alligator, MS; and Matthew Sutton of Urbana, IL.
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program Class of 2015 achieved a perfect 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination- Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) this year.
The NCLEX-RN is the licensing exam for registered nurses. All 16 of the recent graduates are now licensed registered nurses in the State of Mississippi.
“I am very proud of our ADN Class of 2015,” said CCC Dean of Health Sciences Beverly Overton. “This is really a testament that our ADN program is a quality program with good success outcomes.”
By passing this exam, newly graduated nursing students are able to prove their competence.
“They must have a solid foundation and knowledge of the fundamentals of nursing,” explained CCC ADN Program director Lorean Willingham. “There are also clinical-based questions too, so they must be able to show that they can use critical thinking skills to make sound decisions.”
Willingham said her colleagues are excited about the achievement.
“They’ve done a lot of individual work with students who needed some remediation and they have been very supportive of them throughout the entire process,” she said.
She also praised the students for their hard work in the program.
“I have to give the students credit too. Once they made it to the end of the program they really did what they needed to do in order keep up with the remediation so that they could be successful on the first attempt.”
The news comes on the heels of the program’s recent successful accreditation by the Mississippi Institution of Higher Learning and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in May.
The program previously held a “provisional” accreditation status since its inception in 2005. Now, CCC is the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the Mississippi Delta to offer a nationally accredited ADN program.
“Our faculty has been very excited and enthusiastic about the great news … It’s really a testament that their hard work has paid off,” Willingham said.
CCC ADN faculty includes, from left, CCC ADN Instructor Jacquelyn Brownlow; Administrative Coordinator Bobbie Roberson; ADN Instructors Charles Smith, Program Director Lorean Willingham; and ADN Instructor Deborah Wilson. Not pictured is ADN Instructor Gloria Green-Morris.