RCTC’s Practical Nursing Program Ranked Third in Minnesota

RCTC is proud to announce that its Practical Nursing program has been ranked third in Minnesota. This ranking is the result of research completed by PracticalNursing.org, a resource created to guide those interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

Methodology utilized by PracticalNursing.org included NCLEX-PN exam pass rates and the numbers of students at each college taking this exam. The NCLEX-PN exam is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licensure. 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.

Pass rates were analyzed going back to the most recent years of data available up to five years. Schools’ pass rates were averaged together and weighted by the recency of the exam, e.g. pass rates in 2015 count more toward overall rankings than scores from 2013. If schools had the same overall NCLEX-PN pass rates after being ranked, additional program characteristics were then analyzed, including (1)number of students taking the NCLEX-PN, with the higher the number, the greater the ranking position, and (2) number of years of test data available, the schools with more years of NCLEX-PN pass rate data, the greater the ranking position.

An increase of 11% of licensed practical nurse jobs per year has been predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the state of Minnesota by 2024. If interested in further information about RCTC’s Practical Nursing or Associate Degree Nursing programs, contact Associate Dean of Nursing, susan.jansen@rctc.edu or 507-285-7143 or Nursing Advisor, jennifer.dahle@rctc.edu or 507-280-3535.

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