Evansville, IN — Ivy Tech Community College’s Evansville campus was recently notified that its Licensed Practical Nurse Program in the Barbara J. Hilton R.N. School of Nursing, was ranked 2nd in Indiana as a best nursing program by practicalnursing.org. 100% of the LPN graduates from the Evansville campus passed the NCLEX-PN test for the years 2014-2018. This exam is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licensure, according to practicalnursing.org.
“We are so proud of the success of our students,” said Ivy Tech Evansville Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “The 100% pass rates here in Evansville of the LPN program indicate the high quality of our programs, faculty, and graduates, and the high demand for these graduates in area hospitals and other health-related facilities proves the success of the preparation our students receive.”
The 2nd place ranking is made by examining the NCLEX-PN licensing pass rates. According to practicalnursing.org’s website, NCLEX-PN exam pass rates for all PN programs were collected for five years, if available. If schools had the same pass rates after being ranked, additional program characteristics were then analyzed, including the 1) Looking at the number of students taking the exam — the higher the number, greater the ranking position and 2) the number of years of test data available – those with more years of data, the greater the ranking position.
At Ivy Tech, the Practical Nurse (LPN) Technical Certificate can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, and can be earned in about one year, after completing general education requirements. The program provides education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree can be completed in two years once a student is admitted into the program.
Dean of Ivy Tech Evansville School of Nursing Gail Lindsay, said the faculty at Ivy Tech Evansville is unmatched in their dedication to the students. “Every day I see students and faculty who are working together to help the student be successful. Many of our students come to us with life challenges they are overcoming and still, they bring everything they have to the table and obviously, as the pass rates show, work to reach their end goal.”
In Indiana, 20 schools were analyzed for five years, with 5 being ranked.