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PCC enrolls 44 nursing students to begin this fall

28 June 2018

On June 27, 2018 Pratt Community College enrolled 14 new Practical Nurse (PN) and 30 new Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) students to begin the rigorous Nursing Programs this Fall.

These nursing students, make up the entire class for the Winfield, Pratt, and online cohorts, visited the main campus where they met with Admissions, Bookstore, Finical Aid, and Student Success representatives, and received their official introduction into their respective Programs.

Students, divided by Programs, met with the Director of Nursing, faculty and staff as well as Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick.

“The fact you are all here is remarkable,” said Fitzpatrick in reference to the voluntary cessation to the ADN Program during the 2017-2018 academic school year. “You [students] were handpicked from a competitive pool of applicants and accepted into this [ADN] Program because we believe you are of the highest academic quality and will be a valuable part of rebuilding our future.”

In April of 2017 PCC put its ADN Program on hold for one year to allow nursing faculty the opportunity to conduct a complete transformative restructuring of the Program starting with the mission and concluding with sustainable and repeatable measures to help ensure a high quality program in the future. PCC was granted approval by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) to voluntarily cease admissions to the ADN Program for one academic year.

In March 2018 after several on-site reviews and collaborative meetings in Topeka with PCC administration, nursing faculty, and KSBN, the ADN Program was granted approval to allow enrollment for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Fitzpatrick reiterated the demand of the Program and the absolute need for more qualified licensed nurses within the industry.

“I am excited to have you all in this Program,” Fitzpatrick said to the group. “I know all of the faculty and staff you have worked with to get to this point are excited to have you here. They have worked for more than a year to make sure you will have the tools required to succeed and that’s what we are striving for.”

The Fall semester begins Aug. 21 for all Programs including the PN and ADN classes. The ADN Program will still be under review as it could take at least 3 years of test scores to regain national accreditation. KSBN does have recommendations for the Program moving forward. They approved the Practical Nursing (PN) program for another 5 years given that they maintain their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates which have been higher than required 75% at 90.91 percent pass rate. As of April this year, the ADN NCLEX pass rates for the 2016-2017 academic school year are also up at 83.33 percent.

For more information about the PN and ADN Programs at PCC visit prattcc.edu/Nursing or call 620-450-2117 to schedule a campus tour.

14 Practical Nurse (PN) Students, 2018-2019

30 Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Students, 2018-2019