McLennan Community College will not be admitting students for the associate degree in the nursing program for the fall semester due to two years of low student test scores.
On Jan. 24, the Texas Board of Nursing notified MCC that its status changed from “approved with warning” to "conditional approval." However, college officials said the program remains accredited.
According to MCC, the program had experienced challenges with students not reaching the 80 percent threshold for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for two consecutive years.
In January of 2018, the ADN program had its status changed from “approved” to “approved with warning” due to a 64 percent passing rate and a 77.88 percent passing rate in 2017.
MCC stated it will continue to focus on recommendations to ensure the success of its students.
In a statement, administrators and faculty said to be optimistic about its ability to accept new students in January 2020.
“We are working diligently to ensure student success in the program,” said program director Becky Griffin. “Positive changes in admission criteria and progression within the program are benefitting all of our students.”
Current ADN program students who successfully complete the requirements for the degree are eligible to take the NCLEX and will be fully recognized as nurses once they pass the exam.
The change of status does not affect MCC’s Licensed Vocational Nursing or other health professions program.
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