Photo: Practical Nursing Instructor Naomi Woods (left) teaches proper airway clearing techniques to a Florence-Darlington Technical College student.
Florence-Darlington Technical College’s (FDTC) Practical Nursing Program Class of August 2016 has achieved 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). That means all of FDTC’s Practical Nursing candidates won certification the first time they took the test.
The NCLEX is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Incorporated, and successful completion is required for nursing students to win their state nursing certification. Sixteen FDTC Practical Nursing graduates took and successfully passed the rigorous NCLEX exam.
Practical Nursing students spend three semesters at FDTC and work in doctor’s offices and long term care after certification.
Dr. Suresh Tiwari, FDTC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs is very proud of the program. He said, “The PN program has enjoyed strong outcomes under the leadership of Nursing Faculty Naomi Woods with pass rates from 88%-94% in the last three years.”
Dr. Tiwari continued, “However, the 100% pass milestone is a visible indicator of how well the FDTC program prepares our practical nursing graduates. It has been 20-plus years since we achieved a perfect score and we hope it is a sign of continued excellence!”
The next class of Practical Nursing candidates is well underway at FDTC and working towards an August 2017 graduation date.
FDTC also operates a successful Associate Degree of Nursing Program, which educates Registered Nurse candidates. FDTC administers a Certified Nursing Assistant program through a federally funded program called BOOST, which stands for Better Occupational Outcomes Using Simulation Technologies. All of FDTC nursing programs can be found in its Health Sciences Campus in downtown Florence.