Lower Columbia College Nursing Program Student Achievement Data:

Graduates' Success on the National Council of Licensure Exam for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN):

Expected level of achievement:

The pass rate of first time test-takers for each graduating cohort (all program options) will be at least 80%, and the program's most recent annual NCLEX-RN pass rate of first-time testers will be at least 80% for all graduates during the same 12 month period (Jan-Dec).

Results: Aggregated program NCLEX-RN pass rate:

  • 2017 to date: 83.3%
  • 2016: 89.23%
  • 2015: 89.34%
  • 2014: 95.79%
  • 2013: 90.98%

Program Completion:

Expected level of achievement:

  • Traditional Program: 75% of students who begin the nursing program will complete the program within 9 academic quarters (excluding summer).
  • LPN Opt-in: 50% of students who opt-in to the traditional program at the PN level will complete the program within 5 academic quarters (excluding summer).
  • LPN2RN eLearning: 80% of students who begin the program will complete the program on time (within 4 academic quarters, including summer).

Results: (academic year, July 1 thru June 30)

Traditional Program

  • 2016/2017: 87%
  • 2015/2016: 81%
  • 2014/2015: 88%
  • 2013/2014: 88%

LPN Opt-in

  • 2016/2017: 86%
  • 2015/2016: 95%
  • 2014/2015: 93%
  • 2013/2014: 75%

LPN2RN eLearning

  • 2016/2017: 93%
  • 2015/2016: 97%
  • 2014/2015: 92%
  • 2013/2014: 95%

Job Placement:

Expected level of achievement:

80% of graduates who have passed the NCLEX-RN will be employed in nursing or pursuing higher education in nursing within 6-12 months after graduation.

Results: Employment rates (academic year, July 1 thru June 30)

  • 2016/2017: in process
  • 2015/2016: 98%
  • 2014/2015: 87%
  • 2013/2014: 90%

Contact Nursing Programs

We are located on the second floor of the Health & Science Building. Stop by during regular office hours, or call 360.442.2860 to make an appointment. For a full list of all nursing faculty and staff, please see our Contact Us page.

General Healthcare Program Inquiries

  Health & Science Building, 2nd floor
   360.442.2860
Fax: 360.442.2879

Nursing Program Inquiries

  Bev Ylen, Program Coordinator
  360.442.2860
  bylen@lowercolumbia.edu

Nursing Program Advising

  Leszek Cromwell, Education Planner
  360.442.2425
  lcromwell@lowercolumbia.edu

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