The Nursing Program at Hazard Community and Technical College has been granted full approval status and has received two letters of commendation for excellence. The Kentucky Board of Nursing, the approval body for all programs of nursing in Kentucky, met on April 7, and reviewed the results of the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for the graduates of the Nursing Program at Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC).
The letters of commendation were issued for the Associate Degree Nursing Program at the Lees College Campus in Jackson and the Practical Nursing Program. The 2016 graduates of both programs achieved a 100% pass rate on the first attempt. The 2016 graduates at the Technical Campus in Hazard achieved a 97% pass rate on the first attempt.
Donna Combs, Nursing Program Coordinator, congratulated students for their success. “I am so proud of our graduates. They worked very hard to complete the nursing program and pass the licensure exam on the first attempt. While all are currently employed, almost all are working at local hospitals, serving our community and improving the health and well-being of our citizens.” Each of the nurses now working provides inspiration, becoming role models within their families and extended families. HCTC Interim President Dr. Juston Pate noted, ““I’m very pleased with this pass rate and look forward to seeing the program continue to grow.”
The NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN are the national examinations for the licensing of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in the United States. After completion of the nursing program requirements from a school of nursing, a graduate may take the NCLEX and if successful become a licensed “registered” nurse or licensed “practical” nurse. The nursing license is granted by each state upon successful completion of the NCLEX.
Registered nursing program classes offered at HCTC in Hazard at the Technical Campus and Jackson at the Lees College Campus. Practical Nursing Program are offered by the college at the Technical Campus in Hazard.
A total of 57 students have accepted admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program for the fall semester.
For additional information about the programs, anyone may contact Donna Combs, Nursing Program Coordinator at 487-3103 or [email protected]