8-17-2021 – CCC&TI nursing program ranks seventh in state

Posted on: August 17th, 2021 by admin


August 17, 2021



By Carmen Boone cboone@newstopicnews.com

Aug 16, 2021


Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s licensed practical nursing program is ranked seventh in the state, according to a nursing website.


Practicalnursing.org, which provides resources for students studying nursing, ranks CCC&TI’s LPN program as seventh out of a total of 39 in the state, including at four-year universities.


Rankings are determined by a weighted scoring system that combines pass/fail rates, the number of students who graduate and how long the program has been around, said April Cline, the director of nursing programs at CCC&TI.


She said the data used is from the past five years. The college has only had the LPN program available for two years, but the two graduating classes both had 100% pass rates, Cline said.


Practical nursing is a one-year course that runs from January to December. The course first was offered in 2019, Cline said. The graduating class that year had eight students. In 2020, the graduating class had 18 students. All of the students (from both classes) were offered jobs before graduating, Cline added.


“To get number seven after just two graduating classes is something to be proud of,” she said.


Cline said that the North Carolina Board of Nursing is allowing CCC&TI to offer 40 seats to students for the licensed practical nursing program across both the Caldwell and Watauga campuses in 2022.


“We hope to grow the program,” she said. “(The goal is) just letting more people know.”


Reporter Carmen Boone can be reached at 828-610-8723


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