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Perfect again – GRCC Nursing students earn 100% pass rate on licensing exams in consecutive years

Feb. 10, 2021 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Here’s a second opinion that confirms the original diagnosis: Students graduating from Grand Rapids Community College’s Nursing program are perfect.

According to a National Council of Licensure Exams summary for the year 2020, all GRCC Associate Degree Nursing graduates and all Practical Nursing graduates who took the licensure exam passed the exam on their first attempt.

It’s the second year in a row GRCC Nursing students posted perfect pass rates on their licensure exams amid a pandemic that has required ongoing shifts in instructional modalities and modifications to the hands-on experiences necessary for nursing education.

“Despite the many challenges of this past year, GRCC nursing students, faculty, and staff demonstrated determination and commitment,” said Michelle Richter, director of GRCC’s Nursing programs. “Congratulations goes out, not only to these graduates and their success on NCLEX, but to the faculty and staff that continue to make this possible!”

College leaders say a new curriculum that increases interactive experiences is one reason for the success. Students take part in simulation sessions with manikins that respond and talk – and even deliver a baby.

Richter said she’s appreciative of the support from the program’s many clinical partners who have worked diligently to provide students with clinical opportunities in a healthcare setting despite the challenges of COVID.

GRCC faculty members also continue to contribute their time and expertise to support the community, both in volunteer roles and as nurses.

Last year, GRCC celebrated seven decades of training nurses, with its Practical Nursing certificate program commemorating its 70th anniversary and the Associate Degree Nursing Program starting 50 years ago.

The anniversaries coincided with the World Health Organization’s designation of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, in honor of the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Grand Rapids Community College offers learners of all ages opportunities to gain credits for degrees or transfer and in-demand career skills leading to rewarding careers. GRCC was established in 1914 – Michigan’s first community college -- and offers affordable classes on weekdays, evenings, Saturdays and online at locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.


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