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SCC's Nursing Program Reaches Big Accomplishment

Shawnee Community College's Nursing program reached two more great accomplishments in 2014. The LPN program achieved a pass rate of 97% for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in 2014 compared to the IL pass rate of 86% and the National pass rate of 82%. The ADN program achieved a pass rate of 89% in 2014 compared to the IL pass rate of 84% and the National pass rate of 82%. This is an 18% improvement for ADN's from 2013.

This accomplishment puts the LPN program at Shawnee Community College in the top 1% of LPN schools in the State of Illinois and the Nation based on pass rates on NCLEX.

The SCC LPN program was established in September of 1969. The first class of 18 students was admitted in December of 1969. The SCC ADN program was established in August of 1972. Many changes have taken place over the years in curriculum, teaching staff, and clinical affiliations. The changes were intended to maintain current trends in nursing and to better meet the needs of students and the community. The employment record of the SCC graduates is quite impressive, with many of the graduates having furthered their education through the Associate Degree Nursing Program and Bachelor's Degree of Nursing.

Over the last few years, the nursing department has made changes that will better the classroom for our students. These changes include:

  • Changed teaching techniques to interactive and flipping classrooms.
  • Added an interactive web based tutorial and pharmacological instruction to both LPN and ADN programs.
  • Instituted a mandatory remediation program for all nursing students who obtain < C on unit exams.
  • Increase Adjunct Part-Time CNA Instructors to increase enrollment in the CNA program.
  • Added an evening part-time LPN program where classes are two evenings a week and clinics done on weekends in 2013. This has opened enrollment to students who would have not been able to attend traditional classes and clinic during the week.
  • Started a Faculty-Student Advisory Group, which works with issues that hinder the success of students, schedules, policies, etc.
  • Added adjunct clinic instructors in LPN program to the procedures lab. There are now 2 instructors in lab and they are instructors who are with the students in clinic.

For more information about the LPN or ADN programs at SCC, please contact Denise Griffith at 618-634-3277 or

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