MCC Nursing Grads Exceed National Averages on First-Time Pass Rates

MCC 2016 Nursing Graduates Quinton Davis and Kelsey DeBoer

MCC 2016 Nursing Graduates Quinton Davis and Kelsey DeBoer

In 2016, Muskegon Community College Nursing Program graduates once again exceeded national averages on first-time pass rates on the National Council Licensing Examination for both RNs (NCLEX-RN) and LPNs (NCLEX-PN).

On the NCLEX-RN exam, MCC graduates had a 97% first time pass rate versus 81.68% in the nation. Meanwhile, on the NCLEX-PN, Muskegon Community College graduates had a perfect 100% first time pass rate, compared to just 83.7% nationally.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) revises the licensing examinations every three years based on feedback from nurses in their first year of practice. While scores nationwide took a significant drop with the new licensing exam in 2013, MCC’s scores increased and remain at the forefront.

The first-time pass rates within the state of Michigan will be available in May 2017.

“Our students consistently exceed the state and national averages for passing the RN and LPN NCLEX exams on their first attempt,” said MCC Nursing Program Director Christina Donley, MSN, FNP-BC, CNE. “The MCC Nursing faculty are proud of the achievements of our 2016 graduates and congratulate them on their success in reaching this milestone as they begin their careers in the nursing profession.”

The program has remained fully approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing since its inception. Since 2006, the program has been nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), a national accrediting body for Associate Degree Nursing programs.

In 2016, the MCC Nursing Program awarded 68 Associate Degrees in Nursing and 79 Practical Nurse Diplomas.

“We are proud to provide the Muskegon community and surrounding area with outstanding nurses,” added Donley.

The MCC Nursing Program traces its roots back to 1962 with a vocational nursing program. In 1981, a career ladder associate degree nursing program was established to supplant the Hackley School of Nursing Diploma Program and the MCC Practical Nursing Program.

For more information on the program, visit or call (231) 777-0281.