First Practical Nursing Cohort at Johnston Community College Passes the Test

Published: March 3, 2023

Students in new Practical Nursing program at JCC all pass exam.

Practical Nursing Students

(L to R): Kimberly Hutchins (Clayton), Alexandria Byrd (Clayton), Natalie Oliver (Practical Nursing Instructor), Isabel Marquez-Perez (Clayton), Paola Trejo (Selma); not pictured: Julie Lopez

The first cohort of the new Practical Nursing program at Johnston Community College (JCC) achieved a one hundred percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). The NCLEX-PN is a required test for practical and vocational nurses in the United States and Canada.

JCC’s new Practical Nursing program prepares students for the exam while building upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Curriculum content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

“This would not have been possible without such a dedicated nursing faculty, “ says Dr. Jennifer Sugg, department chair for nursing education programs at JCC.

“Our instructors are committed to having the highest quality Practical Nursing program and the students benefit from that,” Sugg adds.

The Practical Nursing program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. For more information, please visit:

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