Muskegon Community College’s Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program has been ranked the best in Michigan in 2018 by practicalnursing.org, which has been conducting the objective, government data-based rankings for the past four years.
“The Muskegon Community College Department of Nursing ladder program was established in 1980,” explained Chris Patterson, the interim director of the MCC Nursing Program. “This ladder program allows students to take the NCLEX-PN exam following the completion of the first level of the ladder. Our graduates have consistently finished at the 98% to 100% pass rate. We are very proud of this ranking and of our graduates who helped us achieve this accomplishment.”
The practicalnursing.org methodology uses the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) pass rates from all the LPN & LVN (Licensed Vocational Nursing) programs for the past five years. Programs with poor pass rates during that period were immediately removed from the rankings. The pass rates of the remaining schools were averaged together and weighted to give value to pass rates from the most recent years. If schools had the same overall NCLEX-PN pass rates after being ranked, the greater number of students taking the NCLEX-PN and the number of years of test data received greater value.
“The NCLEX-PN exam is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licensure,” noted practicalnursing.org on its website. “Many state boards of nursing use the combined NCLEX-PN exam pass rates for each school as one of the primary ways to approve or deny a school’s ability to provide practical and vocational nursing education. To this end, NCLEX-PN rates are one of the best ways to determine how well a school is preparing their students for a career in practical nursing, and that is why we have chosen to rank them in this manner.”
“We believe providing students with better transparency in regards to practical and vocational nursing programs throughout their state allows them to better match the right school accessible to them. This is the reason we have developed our LPN & LVN Programs Ranking based on NCLEX-PN exam passing rates.”
“In Michigan, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) play a major role in shaping the quality of healthcare in the state. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting favorable employment growth for the industry at approximately 12% through 2026, it’s easy to see why many in the state are looking into LPN programs to find rewarding, solid careers. LPNs in Michigan earn an average hourly wage of $22.43, which equates to an annual salary of nearly $47,000. To join the ranks of these valued healthcare workers, you must first find and enroll in an approved Michigan LPN program.”
Practicalnursing.org was established in 2013 by Esyoh, LLC, a small analytics-based education marketing company in Carlsbad, CA. To view a complete list of the Top-Ranked LPN Programs in Michigan, visit https://www.practicalnursing.org/lpn-programs/michigan#program-listings