NCC’s Nursing Programs Excel on National Licensing Exams

Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) is thrilled to announce the exceptional performance of its Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX). The NCLEX is a nationally recognized examination that assesses the competencies required for newly licensed nurses, whether they are pursuing a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN).

In an outstanding achievement, NCC’s 38 Practical Nursing and Extended Practical Nursing program graduates (LPN) achieved a remarkable 100% pass rate for the 2023 cohorts. Likewise, the Associate Degree Nursing Program and Extended Associate Degree program graduates (RN) excelled with a 100% pass rate for the 27 May graduates and an overall pass rate of 94.3% for 2023.

NCC’s Practical Nursing Program, a one-year curriculum, and Extended Practical Nursing Program, a three-semester curriculum, are designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide comprehensive care for clients’ physical and psychosocial needs. The nursing courses cover a wide range of medical-surgical, geriatric, maternity, pediatric, and mental health nursing areas, emphasizing caregiving, communication, teaching, professional, and managerial roles. Practical experience is gained through lab, supervised clinical, and preceptorship opportunities at local health facilities.

Graduates of the Practical Nursing programs are well-prepared to embark on careers in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home health care, wellness centers, schools, and insurance companies. The diverse employment opportunities available to LPNs make NCC’s programs an excellent choice for those aspiring to become licensed practical nurses.

Students enrolled in NCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program (one-year curriculum) and Extended Associate Degree Nursing Program (two-year curriculum) receive in-depth instruction in current nursing theory through comprehensive class and laboratory sessions. They also gain invaluable clinical and preceptorship experiences at healthcare facilities. The curriculum covers medical-surgical, geriatric, obstetrical, pediatric, and psychiatric nursing areas, and graduates have the option to transfer their credits to four-year programs to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. NCC has established transfer agreements with numerous universities and private four-year colleges, allowing students to complete their bachelor’s degrees either online or in-person.

The NCC Associate Degree Nursing Program opens doors to a fulfilling and rewarding career in nursing. Alumni of the ADN program are working in clinics, hospitals, long-term care, home care, hospice, public health, nursing schools, and many other capacities.

Kim Karhoff, NCC Director of Nursing, expressed her pride in the success of NCC’s nursing programs, stating, “The nursing faculty at Northwest Iowa Community College is extremely proud of our nursing programs, and this is ultimately confirmed when our students are this successful on the NCLEX!”

Amidst a nationwide demand for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) and persistent shortages in healthcare personnel, PN and ADN graduates can anticipate a wealth of appealing employment opportunities, with data revealing strong job prospects in both northwest Iowa and across the entire nation. For more information about NCC’s healthcare programs, please contact the admissions team at, call 712-324-5061, or visit the NCC website at

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