UACCM Practical Nursing celebrates fourth semester of 100% pass rate

MORRILTON — The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) Practical Nursing is celebrating a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for a fourth consecutive semester.

The NCLEX is an exam for nurses who have completed nursing programs that must be passed to be a licensed nurse. 

UACCM Practical Nursing has had a 100% pass rate each semester since Fall 2022 and, for the past three years, has had an average pass rate of 99%. 

“This speaks volumes to the quality of our programs,” said UACCM Director of Practical Nursing Angie Moore-Strickland. “Admission into the Practical Nursing program is very competitive. Our standards are high throughout, and our students consistently rise to meet them,” she continued. 

In addition to all 21 Practical Nursing students passing, all 27 UACCM Registered Nursing students also passed the NCLEX, giving UACCM Nursing a total 100% pass rate.

“I could not be more grateful to the quality of the UACCM Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing Directors, as well as the Instructors, Clinical Coordinators, Clinical Instructors, and Simulation Lab Coordinators for each of their vital parts in preparing our students for this success,” said UACCM Chancellor Lisa Willenberg.

Willenberg said these results will help UACCM Nursing continue to be a program that trains quality nurses with a relevant education that will help the profession. 

“This continues UACCM Nursing’s trajectory as one of increasing prominence and expansion for serving the region by responding to the need for more and more healthcare professionals,” she said.

UACCM has committed to expanding nursing programs, as last month, the ground was broken for the new $16 million, 36,000-square-foot Nursing and Science Center. The Nursing and Science Center will feature ten nursing labs and classrooms, along with seven science labs and classrooms. 

The new building, expected to open in the fall of 2025, will not only provide space for new nursing-related programs at UACCM but is expected to increase enrollment in nursing programs as well.

“We plan to keep doing what we’re doing and serve our students the best we can. Our goal is to prepare our students to enter the nursing profession as safe, competent nurses,” said Moore-Strickland.