MCC Nursing Graduates Remain National Leaders in Professional Exam Success

MCC Nursing Students in Sim Lab on campus

Muskegon Community College nursing students in Sim Lab on campus

The Muskegon Community College nursing graduates remained among the national leaders with their first-time pass rates on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses (RNs) and practical nurses (PNs).

MCC graduates scored a perfect 100 percent on their 2020 NCLEX-PN exam and had a 93.7 percent first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam. The MCC Nursing Program awarded 66 Associate Degrees in Nursing and 70 Practical Nurse Diplomas in 2020.

The MCC results exceeded both the national and Michigan averages. Nationally, the NCLEX-PN first time pass rate average is 83.09 percent and the NCLEX-RN average is 86.58 percent. In Michigan, the pass rate averages are 83.57 percent for the NCLEX-PN and 89.02 percent for the NCLEX-RN

“MCC’s Nursing faculty is very proud of the 2020 graduates and their success on the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN exams, especially during a very difficult year,” said Chris Patterson MSN, RN, CNE, the director of MCC’s Nursing and Health Programs.

“Even with a global pandemic and a switch to a virtual environment, our students’ pass rate on the exams was still above national and state averages. This accomplishment is made even more remarkable because we have a non-competitive enrollment, unlike many schools in Michigan and the U.S. The MCC Nursing Program congratulates these students as they begin their nursing careers.”

In 2021, ranked the MCC Nursing Program as the best in the nation among community colleges.

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.

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.