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ECC/MCC Practical Nursing programs ranked #2 in Iowa

IVCCD Nursing Staff

The IVCCD Nursing faculty includes, from left, Janie Ferneau (ECC), Monica Warburton (ECC), Jill Stufflebeam (MCC), Beth Johannes (Assistant Dean of Health Occupations), Kathi May (MCC), Shelly Larson (MCC), Charisse Off (ECC) and Tanya Killian (MCC). logoIowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) has been notified that its Practical Nursing programs offered at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls and Marshalltown Community College have been ranked #2 in Iowa by

According to, the college rankings are based on licensure exam (NCLEX) passage rates, accreditation status, cost, class sizes, and the quality of hands-on learning experiences.

“Most Iowa community colleges and several four-year colleges in the Midwest offer nursing programs because the demand for nurses has been and will remain strong for decades to come,” says Dr. Kristie Fisher, IVCCD Chancellor. “Because the programs often look similar on college websites, it can be a tough decision for students trying to decide where to attend for their training. I think students appreciate when organizations like do some of that comparison homework for them.”

The Practical Nursing programs at ECC and MCC offer the same curriculum but with different faculty and facilities at each of the two campuses.

“I would put our nursing faculty and facilities up against any others in Iowa,” said Beth Johanns, IVCCD Associate Dean of Health Occupations. “Both colleges have invested heavily in upgrading our nursing facilities in recent years, and the quality of our teaching speaks for itself as evidenced by our students’ NCLEX exam passage rates, which are currently an impressive 93%.”

The website also considers whether a college offers online classes and where the program is located. Prospective students then take the next step and visit college campuses to determine where they feel most comfortable and find the best personal fit with faculty and other students.

“The answers to these questions will help students decide which LPN program to attend,” reports “If a highly-regarded program isn’t available in your area, it may be worthwhile to move closer to one that has the best NCLEX-PN pass rates and reputation. The more you learn about nursing while completing your nursing classes, the better prepared you’ll be for your examination and your future career as a licensed practical nurse.”

Ellsworth Community College and Marshalltown Community College are operated by Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD).

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