Nursing Graduates Again Top State Average in Professional Licensing Exams

January 11, 2024

The 2023 graduating class from Hudson Valley Community College's Nursing program again ranked among the best in the state. More than 96 percent of Hudson Valley graduates passed the recent National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the first three quarters of 2023.

Hudson Valley graduates exceeded the national average for students enrolled in associate degree nursing programs, which was at 87.74 percent for the year.

"Our Nursing program has an outstanding reputation, not just in the Capital Region but around the state," said President Roger A. Ramsammy. "That reputation is proven by our consistently excellent results in the national licensing exam."

Among 2023 graduates of the Hudson Valley Nursing program, 76 out of 79 students passed on their first attempt.

The results were a continuation of success for the program, which is well respected in the region and beyond. In 2022, the New York State RN NCLEX pass rate for Hudson Valley Nursing graduates was 95.6 percent; 2021 was 89.2 percent; and in 2020, it was 92.7 percent. The program consistently ranks among the state’s best in preparing students for the rigorous NCLEX. In 2022, the first-time NCLEX pass rate was 73.7 percent for New York State.

Over the past decade, there has been an ongoing effort to accommodate the large number of students applying to the college’s highly competitive A.A.S. Nursing program. A two-year Weekend Option, which started in 2022, is the latest of these efforts. A One-Year Advanced Option, which offered accelerated training for eligible students, began in May 2019. Both of these programs run alongside more traditional day and evening course options. Currently, the college has approximately 180 students studying in its associate degree nursing programs.

Nursing Program Weekend and One-Year Advanced Options

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