WTC nursing program ranked third in state

Gwen Bittner

For the Chronicle

Withlacoochee Technical College’s (WTC) Licensed Practical Nursing program has been named the third best LPN program in Florida.

Practicalnursing.org determined the rankings and contacted WTC staff Feb. 21 to deliver the news and a badge of recognition.

“The gentleman that’s the president of the organization emailed us,” WTC Director Gloria Bishop said.

The nursing site ranked WTC’s program third because of high student scores in standardized testing.

“What they do is they rank all of the nursing programs in every state. They average the last five years in terms of the student pass rate on the state test which is called the NCLEX. We ended up being third because we had a 99.62 percent pass rate,” Bishop said.

LPN Program Director Sarah Dillard attributed high student scores to the small student-to-teacher ratio at WTC.

“I think because we have a smaller program,” Dillard said, “it allows the instructor and the student to work more closely together. We have two classes each with 12 students.”

“We average about 24 students a year,” Bishop said. “They get a state license.”

Full-time students receive everyday health care skills over the course of a year and enter the job force ready to assist other healthcare professionals.

“Our students get all nursing skills, patient care skills, technical skills, anything that they would need in the job market,” Dillard said.

“Basically, they’re qualified to be a nurse,” Bishop said. “They’re assisting doctors; they’re assisting RNs in the hospital. It just depends on where they’re working.”

The school earned Practical Nursing’s badge of approval as a result of the program’s success.

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