SCC nursing among best in state

By Dan Grubb - Sampson Community College

Practical, a nursing advocacy organization, has just ranked Sampson Community College’s LPN program as number two in the state.

The LPN program is led by an excellent instructional team. Daphene Lane, Alisha Carwise and Kristina Edwards provide cutting edge instruction to include dynamic interaction as well as varied clinical experiences in hospitals, long term care and simulated settings. The program is already considered one of the best in the state. The SCC concept-based curriculum was used as a model for LPN programs across the state aspiring to transition to a new, state mandated curriculum.

Carly Jacobs of, sent congratulations via email to the nursing department on its outstanding accomplishment earlier this week. The organization provides rankings by retrieving NCLEX-PN pass rates from all the LPN & LVN programs state by state through various methods include making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. This information covered the past five years of information available.

NCLEX-PN provides licensure for nurses and the NCLEX-PN exam is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency. NCLEX-PN rates are one of the best ways to determine how well a school is preparing their students for a career in practical nursing.

Veronica Stevens, recently promoted to Division Chair for Health Programs at Sampson Community College, says the news is always welcome.

“Healthcare occupations are predicted to add more jobs than any other occupational group,” she said. “SCC remains committed to preparing students to meet the challenges of a changing, diverse patient population.” The second place designation comes after review of 37 different schools in the state.

The demand for nurses continues to increase across the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2024 LPN jobs will increase by 18 percent in North Carolina. SCC’s Practical Nursing program consistently exceeds benchmarks set by the faculty for retention and job placement rates. Each year graduates maintain the trend of delivering 100 percent pass rates on the national licensure examination and receiving excellent reviews from employers all over the state.

“We expect our programs to keep raising the standard of excellence in nursing education,” Stevens concluded.

By Dan Grubb

Sampson Community College