National board pass rate at 96 percent for Highland Nursing graduates

FREEPORT — Statistics released from the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses, shows a pass rate of 96 percent for Highland Community college nursing program graduates from April to September of 2016. With 28 graduates taking the board exams, Highland’s pass rate is well above the national average, which is 84.5 percent.

Jennifer Grobe, interim associate dean, Nursing and Allied Health, said the high NCLEX pass rate is a culmination of more than five years of extensive curriculum revision and hard work by the nursing faculty. She adds, she has been tracking the trends as the students came through the program, but did not know how high the Highland graduates would test until the statistics were released in November.

“What makes me most proud of our program is the hard work of our students and faculty members,” Grobe said. “We have a unique environment at Highland. We care so much about each student and we want them to succeed. Highland continues to trend higher than other nursing programs in the area.”

For those interested in the concept-based nursing program curriculum, contact Jennifer Grobe at 815.599.3688 or e-mail her at

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