POCAHONTAS, AR Sept. 17â€” The 22 students who graduatedfrom BRTCâ€™s Practical Nursing Program on June 29, 2021, all passed their NCLEX-PN exam (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing) on the first attempt. This average of 100% exceeds the state passing average of 88.6% and the national average of 85.5%.
According to Tonya Hankins, Director of Nursing, this was the first cohort of students to graduate from BRTCâ€™s revised PN program. The program was previously 2 years in length, but the faculty restructured the program and condensed it to 10 1/2 months. The goal of the revised program is to graduate nurses more quickly, while maintaining academic rigor, in order to meet the demands of the critical nursing shortage. She states, â€œThe curriculum is fast-paced and challenging; however, these students displayed undeniable dedication and commitment to their studies.â€
The lead faculty members in BRTCâ€™s LPN Program are Rebecca Simpson, RN, Bridgette Kasinger, RN, and Katelyn Koons, RN.Hankins adds, â€œIt is the vision and dedication of these faculty members that led to this exceptional pass rate.â€
BRTCâ€™s LPN program accepts 24 students each fall semester. Applications to the program open February 1. For more information visit, https://blackrivertech.org/academics/allied-health/nursing-programs, or contact Dana Clay, Academic Advisor Allied Health, by phone at (870) 248-4000, ext. 4150 or via email at DanaC@blackrivertech.edu.
PHOTO: Summer 2021 LPN Class
Black River Technical College is a 2-year community college in Pocahontas and Paragould which offers associates degrees and certificates in general education and technical and career education. The College houses one of the stateâ€™s law enforcement training academies and fire science academies. BRTC has 2,500 full- and part-time students.