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CCC nurses pass national licensure test at 100 percent, the top ranking in Oregon

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Graduates of the Clackamas Community College nursing program have been highly successful at achieving licensure.

Clackamas Community College's nursing program recently earned recognition because of the high number of students who have successfully achieved licensure.

To receive their licenses to practice as registered nurses, students must pass a nationwide test called the NCLEX, or the National Council Licensure Examination. From 2015-17, 100 percent of Clackamas Community College nursing students passed the test, making the college Oregon's only nursing program with a 100 percent pass rate.

Additionally, RegisteredNursing.org recently ranked the Clackamas Community College nursing program as the best in the state. Multiple factors, including how well students are supported toward licensure, were considered in the rankings.

Clackamas Community College Nursing Program Administrator Carol Dodson said she is "so proud of this accomplishment."

"Our faculty are dedicated to encouraging, supporting and helping our students to be successful in the program and in passing NCLEX," she continued. "However, the accolades should really be for the students, who juggle class, clinical, jobs and families in order to complete the program."

Students enrolled in Clackamas Community College's nursing program study health promotion, chronic illness management, care of the acutely ill and end-of-life care, among other health and heathcare issues. Students are co-admitted to Oregon Health and Science University for an easy transition as they complete their undergraduate degrees.

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