Reprinted with permission from The Cullman Times

 

Wanda Creel has her blood pressure checked during the CELEBRATE Adult Health and Wellness Fair hosted by the Wallace State Community College Department of Nursing Education.

Wanda Creel has her blood pressure checked during the CELEBRATE Adult Health and Wellness Fair hosted by the Wallace State Community College Department of Nursing Education.

Wallace State Community College’s Licensed Practical Nurse program was recently ranked number one in the state in annual rankings released by a website focused on LPN programs.

The LPN program was ranked first out of the 20 schools in the state that practicalnursing.org ranked using NCLEX-PN pass rates.

Wallace State officials said the ranking demonstrates the quality education that Wallace State offers to its students.

“This ranking recognizes the outstanding rates of student success our students achieve due in no small part to the dedication of our faculty and staff,” said Wallace State Community College President Vicki Karolewics.

“We are delighted to be recognized for our continued excellence in nursing education and are happy to provide exceptional practical nursing graduates to provide health care in a variety of settings for the state of Alabama,” said Deborah “Pepper” Hoover, Chair of Wallace State’s Department of Nursing Education.

The NCLEX-PN is the exam that must be passed by LPN program graduates in order to be eligible for licensure, and many state boards of nursing use schools’ passing rates to determine a school’s ability to provide a practical and vocational nursing education.

Wallace State received a score of 99.27, with a high pass rate for the exam over the last five years.

The full, detailed rankings for Alabama’s LPN programs can be found at practicalnursing.org/lpn-programs/alabama#rankings.

Wallace State was named a Center of Excellence by the National League of Nursing in 2016, and became one of just three community colleges in the nation to earn that distinction.