Gaston College Practical Nursing Program ranked #1 in North Carolina

Pinning ceremony honors LPN graduates and celebrates ranking

Gaston College Licensed Practical Nursing students who graduated at a pinning ceremony on Tuesday, August 3, have something more to celebrate., the leading LPN advancement and ranking agency, gave the College’s LPN program its top ranking in North Carolina for 2021.

The organization ranked the top 10 programs after analyzing 39 nursing schools in the state, and, based on National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing first-time passage rates over the past several years, the Gaston College LPN program came out in first place. In 2020, the Practical Nursing class had a 100 percent NCLEX-PN pass rate. The average statewide pass rate was 88.9 percent.

Forty-five Practical Nursing students were honored at the pinning ceremony which marked their completion of the program. Some of these graduates will be taking the licensure exam beginning next week and can begin working as Licensed Practical Nurses upon passing the exam.

“Having our program receive top ranking is a reflection of our dedicated faculty and staff and our hard-working students,” said Dr. Allison Abernathy, Dean of Health and Human Services. “We couldn’t be prouder of them, and we’re sure our class of 2021 graduates will go on to outstanding careers in their profession.”

Gaston College Nursing programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Individuals interested in additional information about the programs should contact the Admissions Specialist for Nursing Programs at 704-922-6469 or 704-748-5221.

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