Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s registered nursing program has been ranked as the best community college program in Mississippi by RegisteredNursing.org, a nursing advocacy organization. MGCCC’s program received a 99.35 out of a possible 100 on the ranking scale.
MGCCC has more than 500 nursing students in the associate degree nursing, practical nursing and LPN-to-RN transitional programs at the college’s Bryant Center in Biloxi. Gulf Coast nursing students have a 93 percent passage rate on the NCLEX over the past three years, and the programs boast a 97 percent job placement rate.
“We are pleased to receive this recognition from RegisteredNursing.org,” said Dr. Joan Hendrix, associate vice president of the Health Sciences Division. “Our nursing programs maintain rigorous standards, and we provide our students the resources they need to be successful. Our Simulation Center is nationally certified, our facilities are top-notch, and we work very closely with local hospitals and medical groups to ensure our students are getting the best preparation for their nursing careers.”
Twenty-three nursing programs in the state were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond. First-time NCLEX-RN pass-rates were weighted by year, and job placement percentages for the past three years were considered. Information on the methodology used is available at https://www.registerednursing.org/rn-ranking-methodology/ .