JCC Nursing Program Ranked #2 In North Carolina

Johnston Community College has been ranked the second highest nursing school program in North Carolina in 2020 by RegisteredNursing.org in its 4th Annual Nursing School Program Rankings.

According to RegisteredNursing.org,

Johnston Community College in Smithfield, North Carolina creates nursing graduates that possess the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to find success in the field. With this foundation, nursing graduates from JCC’s associate degree program are a premier pick for employment.

“I believe there are three main reasons JCC’s nursing program continues to rank so high,” says Dr. David Johnson, president of Johnston Community College. “First, we have dedicated faculty who are committed to student success, and secondly, the program is nationally accredited and one of the most rigorous in the nation. Thirdly, we are fortunate to have amazing partners who are supportive of our creative ideas and innovations that set us apart from our peer institutions. When a need arises to better prepare our students, we work hard to address that need as quickly as possible. An example of this is the need for specialty care nurses. The College recently partnered with Golden LEAF and UNC Johnston Health which provided resources to renovate a nursing lab to simulate specialty care instruction.”

According to Dr. Linda Smith, vice president of Instruction at Johnston Community College, “the quality of JCC’s associate degree nursing program is evidenced by the high first-time licensure pass rate of our students. The College’s 2019 NCLEX-RN passage rate was 100% and the three year average is 99%. Additionally, JCC is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) a national accrediting body providing specialized accreditation for nursing programs across all degree levels for universities and colleges. It is recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the United States. A new development that will further enhance our nursing education is the new RIBN (Regionally Infusing Baccalaureate Nurses) partnership beginning fall 2020. This is a collaborative program with ECU which will allow students a four-year option to obtain an associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing. We are so very excited about the future of our healthcare programs. Our faculty and leadership are dedicated to providing the absolute highest level of instruction for our students.

The Nursing School Program at Cape Fear Community College ranked first this year in North Carolina. In second place, JCC outranked Duke University at #5, East Carolina was #8, Wake Tech #12, Wayne Community College #18, UNC Chapel Hill #20, and Campbell University ranked 21st out of more than 80 nursing programs statewide.

North Carolina is attracting potential and current nursing candidates by offering higher salaries, more room for advancement, and skill-specific job opportunities. The state is looking at a potential job increase of 3,500 nurses per year over the next 5 years. Combine that with the average registered nurses salary in the state, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports at $60,460, nursing has become a desirable career field for many in the region.