GSCC nursing program achieves 100 percent pass rate


Graduates from Gadsden State Community College’s Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs recently received good news regarding the National Council Licensure Examination.

Those who took the test in 2023 passed on their first attempt and earned the program a 100 percent pass rate for both credentials.

“We are so proud of our nursing graduates who took and passed the NCLEX in 2023,” said Dr. Cynthia Mullinax, director of the nursing program. “Passing the NCLEX is a huge milestone that unlocks the gateway to their professional dreams. It proves that they are committed to being excellent nurses who will ensure the safety and well-being of those entrusted to their care.”

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the national pass percentage nationally for RNs with associate degrees is 87.75 percent while the LPN pass rate is 86.67 percent. In Alabama, 87.5 percent of first-time test-takers pass. Gadsden State handedly beat those rates at 100 percent.

“Surpassing the state and national percentages requires more than just knowledge,” Mullinax said. “It shows our students’ dedication to continuous learning and unwavering determination.”

The pass rate for RNs earning a credential at Gadsden State has improved by 28 percent since 2020 and by 15 percent since 2021.

Mullinax gave credit for the perfect pass rate to the 16 faculty and staff members in the nursing program.

“They really put a lot of time and hard work into educating and supporting our nursing students,” Mullinax said. “We wouldn’t be where we are without the nursing expertise provided to students. Every success is celebrated as a testament to our collective commitment to excellence in nursing education. The students and faculty achieved the ultimate goal of perfect pass rates, and we hope to keep this trend going.”

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