South Piedmont Extends its 100-Percent Pass Rate on Nursing Exam, Exceeds National Average

Members of South Piedmont’s most recent Practical Nursing class. All eight members of the class have passed the NCLEX, the nurse licensing exam.


All of South Piedmont’s most recent Practical Nursing Diploma graduates have successfully passed the nursing licensing exam.

“We are so proud of our students and the faculty members who prepared them for this milestone in their nursing careers,” said Executive Director of Nursing Education Dr. Sharon Snow.

“South Piedmont has a long tradition of 100-percent pass rates. It is very exciting and fulfilling to see that tradition continue, and to know that our students are graduating prepared to succeed in the nursing profession.”

Eight students comprised the 2023 graduating nursing class. All eight have passed the NCLEX, which stands for National Council Licensure Examination, which is the nationwide exam for the licensing of nurses in the U.S. For comparison, the national pass rate average is 87 percent.

Since 2017, South Piedmont’s pass rate on the NCLEX has exceeded 90 percent. In four of those years, the pass rate has been 100 percent.  

“We teach our students the big picture of healthcare. We instill in them communication skills, the importance of collaborating with other members of the healthcare team to ensure positive patient outcomes, and to understand the holistic needs of the patient,” Snow said.

“We graduate students who are prepared to be both highly effective nurses, as well as leaders in their organizations. That is what is behind our students’ success on the NCLEX.”

South Piedmont offers the Practical Nursing Diploma, Associate Degree in Nursing, as well as programs in Medication Aide, Nurse Assistant (CNA), and Practical Nursing Refresher. See https://spcc.edu/areas-of-study/health-sciences-and-nursing/nursing-options/ for more information.

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