Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Rhonda Hutton Gann and Nursing program directors Allison Brosch and Tara Weber were notified in May by PracticalNursing.org, a nursing advocacy organization, that State Fair Community College’s Sedalia and Eldon practical nursing programs have been ranked as one of the best in Missouri.
Nursing programs were assessed on several factors that represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond. Past and present first-time NCLEX-PN pass rates were used to select the top 20 programs in Missouri. PracticalNursing.org has been publishing annual rankings since 2014.
“I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty, staff, and community partners,” said Hutton Gann. “We strive to give our students real-life learning experiences and academic support so they are prepared to be the best nurses anywhere they go. We appreciate PractialNursing.org for recognizing our programs and promoting the nursing profession.”
Weber, director of SFCC’s practical nursing program, also welcomed the recognition from PracticalNursing.org.
“As nurses equipping future nurses, we have high standards when it comes to our students putting into practice their acquired knowledge and patient care skills,” said Weber. “We are proud of our students’ success and high NCLEX-PN pass rates, and that makes me proud of our program.”
SFCC’s competency-based bi-level program prepares students to meet the requirements to become a licensed practical nurse (Year One), then transition seamlessly to associate degree nursing (Year Two) if the goal is to become a registered nurse. Those who are already certified LPNs can apply to the Year Two program.
SFCC’s Nursing program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBN). At the completion of Year One, students apply to the MSBN for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam for practical nursing. At the end of Year Two, students apply to the MSBN to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam for registered nursing. Completion of these programs does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure exams.
Program admission is competitive and class size is limited. Additional information and applications are available at sfccmo.edu/nursing. There is no cost to apply.