All 50 students from Grand Rapids Community College’s nursing program who took the licensing tests for registered and practical nurses for the first time passed their examinations, according to a National Council of Licensure Exams summary that covered the first six months of 2020.
Of the 50 students who took the test, 23 graduated in May after encountering some uncertainty because of the pandemic.
“Things were changing daily and hourly for our students, and we were challenged to continue our programs and still align with state and national accreditation requirements,” said Michelle Richter, director of GRCC’s nursing program.
The recent graduates had one course left that was required to be in a clinical setting.
“After much work and amazing support from some of our clinical partners — Spectrum Health, Pine Rest, Forest View and Rest Haven — we were able to place these students in the health care setting, which enabled them to complete their program,” Richter said.
Grand Rapids Community College’s nursing program also had a 100% pass rate for registered and practical nurses in 2019. There were 104 associate degree nurses and 42 LPN students last year, which was the largest number of students taking the exams ever in one year.
GRCC is celebrating seven decades of training nurses this year, with its Practical Nursing certificate program turning 70 and the associate degree program turning 50.