PVCC nursing programs ranks in top 15 for Virginia

Press release

The Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program has been designated a top U.S. nursing program in the Nursing Schools Almanac 2021 rankings. PVCC ranked in the top 15 for the state of Virginia.

PVCC’s two-year associate degree in nursing program prepares graduates to be contributing members of health care teams, providing direct patient care as practitioners of professional nursing in structured care settings. The PVCC ADN program provides an affordable, timely path to licensure as a registered nurse.

“We are excited to be named with so many great schools in this nursing program ranking. PVCC graduates the best nurses, and we hear this often from the area healthcare institutions that hire our graduates. In fact, University of Virginia Health has partnered with us to expand our nursing program to help produce more nurses throughout the year, thereby helping to address the area’s nursing shortage,” stated PVCC Dean of Health and Life Sciences Nicole Winkler.

The ADN program currently accepts 100 students each fall, and through the recently announced expansion, will also admit 50 students in a new cohort each spring, beginning in 2022. The fall entry program graduates students in May; the new spring cohort affords the opportunity to produce nursing graduates in December, increasing the overall volume of available resources and providing a constant flow of qualified nurses for the area. Most PVCC nursing graduates stay in Central Virginia with UVA Medical Center employing approximately 30 PVCC nursing graduates each year. Sentara Martha Jefferson and other healthcare facilities in the area also employ high numbers of PVCC ADN program graduates.

Learn more about the PVCC associate degree in nursing program at www.pvcc.edu/nursing.

For the ADN program rankings, the Nursing Schools Almanac research team compiled an extensive database of student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Aspiring registered nurses in the United States must pass this exam before commencing practice. Nursing Schools Almanac used their database to calculate each program’s NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers. This is the standard program assessment metric reported by Pearson Vue (the test’s administrator) and the Virginia Board of Nursing. Visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/rankings/adn/virginia to view the full rankings report.

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