Top-rated testing results for Fox Valley Technical College nursing graduates mean good news for the school, regional health care systems and consumers.
Benchmark testing results show FVTC associate degree nursing and licensed practical nursing graduates rank No. 1 in the nation. Every nursing program graduate must take the National Council Licensure Examination, and FVTC students came out on top both in the state and nationwide.
FVTC has always been a high-performing school, but the results came as a surprise to Carrie Thompson, associate dean of the college’s health division.
“I think to know that you’ve done the best in the country is pretty mind-blowing,” she says. “That’s some pretty powerful stuff.”
With its focus on retention, the college works to set nursing students on the right path from the beginning, Thompson says. Access to resources such as the school’s Teaching & Learning Center, which provides assistance and tutoring, means students come into the program ready to succeed.
Thompson credits much of the success to the college’s nursing instructors, who she says spend a lot of time on program design and curriculum. In addition, students’ lab classes provide hands-on learning and a chance to work with the school’s simulators, which expose students to real-life scenarios and variables.
FVTC’s nursing program is vital to the region, Thompson says. Students typically are from the area and stay in the area, she says, and it means a lot to communities to have that high level of care available.
Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh has had a relationship with FVTC for around 15 years, employing many of the college’s nursing and certified nursing assistant graduates. Erin Sanders, vice president of human resources for Evergreen, praises the college’s program and the technical school approach that allows nurses to go to school while also learning on the job in a health care setting.
FVTC produces qualified employees with strong technical knowledge, she says, and they’re able to begin contributing to the workplace immediately.
“It’s invaluable,” Sanders says. “If we didn’t have a technical school as close as we do in our community, I would be very concerned about how we would be able to staff our facility.”
Thompson hears this kind of feedback frequently.
“I think that it really speaks volumes for our nursing program,” Thompson says. “We’ve always had a great reputation in our community. You really can’t go anywhere without running into a Fox Valley Tech grad.”
FVTC nursing graduate benchmark testing results Associate degree nursing grads ranked No. 1 out of:
• 37 two- and four-year nursing programs in Wisconsin
• 1,079 ADN programs nationwide
• 1,899 two- and four-year nursing programs nationwide Licensed practical nursing grads ranked No. 1 out of:
• 19 LPN programs in Wisconsin
• 883 LPN programs nationwide