Northwest State Community College had the number one-ranked practical nursing certificate program in the state and the nation, college officials said.
That’s out of 62 Ohio practical nurse programs and 1,199 national programs.
NSCC ranked eighth out of 99 RN programs in Ohio, and 166th out of 1,232 RN programs across the nation.
The RN program is in the top 10% in the state, and top 14% nationally.
The rankings are for the period of April 2016 to March 2017. They are based on the percentage of NSCC nursing program graduates who pass the National Council Licensure Examination.
NSCC nursing program graduates are required to take the NCLEX exams in order to be hired for entrylevel jobs in various healthcare fields.
In a press release, Patti Altman, NSCC Dean of Nursing, said the rankings are a shared success between students and educators.
“We have a very dedicated group of faculty that have worked very hard to put together a curriculum that will meet industry and employer needs, and allow our graduates to be successful.
“We want to educate and train our students so they can have great career opportunities.
“The need for nursing continues to grow. The more students that graduate from our program, the better the quality of healthcare in this area.
“And we have had tremendously strong job placement for our graduates for several years.”