COA’s associate degree nursing program ranked #1 by RN website

College of The Albemarle’s Associate Degree Nursing program was selected #1 in the 2021 Top Ranked Nursing Schools in North Carolina by

According to the site, 82 North Carolina institutions were analyzed with the top 30 schools being ranked.

Nursing programs across the state were assessed on several factors, including past and present first time National Council Licensure Exam-Registered Nurse pass rates, weighted by year. In the assessment, also factored in how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond.

The ADN program has been acknowledged in the top five on for the past several years, and was previously ranked #1 in 2018. Since 2010, COA’s ADN graduates have achieved 100% first time pass rates on the NCLEX-RN six times, and an overall average pass rate of 98.2%. In addition, the program is also proud of its retention rate to go along with this NCLEX performance, including retention rates above 70% for six years, and an average of 67% over this same time period.

More from Robin Harris, dean of health sciences and wellness programs:

“It is not just about the pass rate, although we certainly strive for our students to be able to accomplish that credential! It is also about the quality of learning and the retention of as many of our ADN students as are ready for the rigor and in-depth learning required to think, feel and act like professional nurses for our workforce. We are extremely proud of our ADN department chair, Katie Miller; full-time ADN faculty, Mary Blackburn, Kathy Lawrence, Christina Fields and Megan Bohn; the program support personnel, and our great partnerships with multiple facilities both in North Carolina and Virginia for clinical experiences.”

“Of course the big stars are our over 300 graduated nursing students since 2010, who work so hard to become great nurses for our community. A heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all for their contributions leading to this recognition by”

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