IVCCD Nursing Program Scores High on Licensing Exam

Iowa Valley Nursing students are scoring ahead of the national average in NCLEX exams. Nursing students from both Ellsworth Community College and Marshalltown Community College recently sat for the exam. In 2022, almost 93 percent of Practical Nursing (PN), and 89 percent of Associate Degree (AD) passed, beating typical national averages. Typical pass rates hover between 79-82 percent nationally.

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States, since 1982. There are two types, the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN. After graduation from a school of nursing, one takes the NCLEX exam to receive a nursing license. A nursing license gives an individual permission to practice nursing, granted by the state where they met the requirements.

NCLEX examinations are developed and owned by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN). The NCSBN administers these examinations on behalf of its member boards which consist of the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“We are thrilled that so many of our nursing graduates scored so well on the NCLEX exams,” said Beth Johanns, Associate Dean of Health Occupations at Iowa Valley. “We are crediting the quality of instruction, hands-on learning experiences, and renewed outlook post-pandemic for the improvement. We have historically fared well, but this round of testing shows significant improvement over where we were previously as a District.”

To learn more about the nursing programs at Iowa, visit Ellsworth Community College at, or Marshalltown Community College at Interested students can also sign up for short-term training through Iowa Valley Business and Community Solutions.