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Blinn College nursing graduates achieve 100 percent pass rate on national exam

Blinn Associate Degree Nursing Program credits interactive learning, student and faculty dedication for licensure success

April 18, 2018

Blinn College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program fall graduates achieved a highly coveted 100 percent pass rate for the national licensure exam.

All 27 Blinn Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students in the Fall 2017 cohort earned passing marks on their first attempt at the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), the state board that allows individuals to practice nursing. The overall pass rate for the state of Texas was 87.04 percent.

“It is a rare and outstanding feat for a program to achieve a perfect score among first-time test-takers,” said Tom Lescarbeau, Dean of Health Sciences. “We are extremely proud of the faculty and staff for helping our students achieve this milestone, and we are excited to send such compassionate, intelligent nurses into the workforce.”

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 an average of $53,000 per year.

This is the sixth cohort in program history to have received a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN. College officials credit the program’s interactive learning opportunities, as well as student and faculty dedication for its licensure success.

“Our students’ success on the NCLEX-RN is a testament to the hard work and commitment they have invested in their education,” said Karla Ross, MSN, RN, Program Director. “It also is a credit to our faculty, who have spent countless hours designing hands-on curriculum that challenges our students’ clinical skills and ensures they can accurately translate it beyond the classroom.”

Located at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (HSC) in Bryan, Blinn’s two-year ADN 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.

Blinn’s ADN Program invites prospective students to learn more about the program at its upcoming information session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Room 3539 of the HSC Clinical Building I, located at 8447 Riverside Parkway (State Highway 47) in Bryan. To register, visit:

In addition to associate degree nursing, Blinn’s  Division of Health Sciences offers dental hygiene, emergency medical services, fire science, health information technology, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, surgical technology, and vocational nursing programs designed to quickly train students for high-demand professions.

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