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Blinn nursing program credits interactive learning for national licensure success

Blinn Associate Degree Nursing students’ 96.2 percent pass rate in 2016 ranks among state leaders

November 9, 2016

Blinn College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program once again ranks among the state leaders in producing quality, caring healthcare professionals – and College officials credit the program’s diverse hands-on learning opportunities for helping students master their coursework.Blinn Nursing Simulation

Blinn College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students posted a 96.2 percent pass rate on the national licensure examination in 2016, as 76 Blinn ADN students passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) on their first attempt. Of the state’s 43 community college associate degree nursing programs, only Hill College (3/3, 100 percent), Laredo Community College (26/27, 96.3 percent), and Lone Star College – Tomball (26/27, 96.3 percent) posted higher pass rates for first-time candidates. Of the 114 nursing programs state-wide, only two featured more graduates and a higher success rate.

“Our students’ success on the national licensure exam is a testament to the hard work and dedication these students have invested in their education,” said Michael Hutton, MSN, RN, Program Director. “It also is a credit to our faculty, who have spent countless hours designing a hands-on curriculum that challenges our students’ clinical reasoning skills and helps ensure that they not only understand the material, but are able to put it into practice, either in simulations or clinical experiences.”

Located at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Bryan, Blinn’s two-year program prepares students for a nursing career and for transfer into a bachelor degree program at a four-year university. Nursing students spend at least two days per week in clinical rotations, in addition to lab, simulation, and lecture time. Most students spend 15 to 24 hours each week in scheduled program activities and dedicate at least 30 hours per week to study and preparation.

Blinn’s ADN Program emphasizes interactive learning opportunities via clinical experiences and its simulation and clinical labs at the Health Science Center. The 26,000-square-foot Simulation Center includes:

  • an emergency medical services skills/simulation lab with an ambulance simulator,
  • an operating room with attached scrub area,
  • 16 mid-fidelity private hospital rooms,
  • six low-fidelity private hospital rooms,
  • six high-fidelity intensive care unit rooms,
  • a physical therapy lab,
  • two radiologic technology x-ray suites, and
  • a virtual IV training room.

“Simulation allows faculty to evaluate the students’ ability to critically and clinically think through what needs to be done and prioritize,” said Sami Rahman, Simulations Director. “If you make a mistake here, we can review the video and allow students to see where they went wrong so they can correct it during the next simulation and put the concepts they learn into practice.”

Students who complete Blinn’s ADN Program and pass the NCLEX-RN have a job placement rate between 97 and 100 percent and are qualified for a wide array of nursing positions, including pediatric, geriatric, hospice, school, and clinical nursing. New graduates can expect to earn over $52,000 per year.

Prospective students can participate in an information session taking place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Texas A&M Health Science Center campus located at 8441 State Highway 47 in Bryan. To register, visit: www.blinn.edu/twe/adn/info_session.php.

In addition to associate degree nursing, Blinn’s Division of Health Sciences offers dental hygiene, emergency medical services, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, fire science, and vocational nursing programs.