Iowa Central Community College's nursing program students took the National Council of Licensure Exam; 141 students took the exam for the first time and 132 passed for a 93.6 percent pass rate.
The NCLEX is the exam anyone entering the nursing field must pass before they can receive a license. The test is reviewed every three years and changed to meet the evolving technology of the field. The exams feature multiple choice questions in addition to audio and visual analysis and short answer questions.
"We are very proud of how our students performed," Trina Staton, Iowa Central dean of health sciences, said. "The students know that our classes are very rigorous for a reason. We want to get them ready for the nursing profession."
Both practical nursing and associate degree nursing students took the exams. A total of 42 PN students took the exam and 41 passed for a 97.6 percent pass rate. Of the ADN students, 99 took the exam and 91 passed for a 91.9 percent pass rate.