Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Nursing class of 2023 achieved a 93.33% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination, most commonly known as the NCLEX exam. The pass rate is a reflection of the total number of test takers who pass the exam on the first try. 15 out of 16 passed on the first try from PCC’s Nursing program.

The NCLEX is the final step for nursing graduates to become registered nurses. This year’s exam difficulty increased from previous years. PCC’s nursing faculty worked to make sure graduates were prepared to pass the revised exam.

“For three consecutive years, our PCC Nursing students have well exceeded the national average pass rate on the NCLEX,” Darrick Woods, Director, Associate Degree Nursing said. “This is not only a testament to the students’ hard work, but also to the dedicated PCC Nursing faculty and staff. More impressively, the Class of 2023 were the first students to take the new ‘next generation’ NCLEX test plan, which focused on clinical judgment and multiple new items.”

Woods said that faculty incorporated the changes into an already rigorous curriculum over the past two years to ensure that students would be well prepared.

“PCC continues to create successful, compassionate, and knowledgeable Registered Nurses who are well equipped to enter the healthcare workforce and have an immediate impact,” Woods said.

“I’m incredibly proud of PCC’s Nursing class of 2023,” Dr. Pamela G. Senegal, PCC President said. “I’m also impressed with our students and faculty for mastering the new content of the revised exam, on the road to having meaningful careers in nursing.”

For more information on PCC’s Nursing program, visit https://www.piedmontcc.edu/program/associate-degree-nursing/ or call (336) 322-2214.

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