Jackson State Nursing Students Earn 100 Percent Pass Rate on Licensure Exam

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Nursing Students at Jackson State

Every student who graduated from Jackson State's nursing program in 2017 passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) on his or her first attempt, an achievement that earned praise from the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

The NCLEX is a nation-wide exam for nursing school graduates to obtain a license, which allows them to practice. It is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Sherry Richardson, nurse consultant with the Tennessee Board of Nursing, wrote a letter to Jackson State after students achieved the 100 percent pass rate, saying "the Board wishes to commend you and the faculty of the nursing program for this significant achievement and extends best wishes for continued success in the future."

Jackson State typically has a high pass rate on the NCLEX, and it is not unusual for every student to pass. Now in its 27th year, the school's nursing program has earned a reputation as one of most respected in the state, and it continues to enhance its offerings, said Dr. Leslie West Sands, Dean and Program Director of Nursing.

The Jim Moss Center for Nursing, which opened in 2015, features state-of-the-art labs and equipment that utilize the same technologies as hospitals. Equipment in the facility includes human obstetric, pediatric and adult simulators that enable faculty to simulate real-life scenarios.

The two-year registered nursing program also has a high employment rate. In a survey, 100 percent of those who responded reported being employed as a registered nurse within a year of graduation. (Two percent of graduates surveyed did not respond.)

Jackson State Community College provides accessible learning opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals, strengthen the workforce and empower the diverse communities of West Tennessee. The institution offers traditional and contemporary associate degrees, certificates, continuing education and enrichment, and college-readiness programs.