ADN Program among tops in state first-time passing rate

South Texas College Nursing and Allied Health Campus in McAllen.

South Texas College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program received a 92.9 percent first-time passing rate and a full commendation from the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses for the 2011-12 academic year, according to a report from the Texas Board of Nursing.

The STC ADN Program’s 92.9 percent placed the college above the 88.67 percent national average from January to September 2012 for first-time test takers of the NCLEX-RN.

“Our faculty and staff are committed to providing support to students pursuing comprehensive educational programs that will yield graduates with the knowledge, skills, confidence and professional integrity to become outstanding practitioners, who will be an asset to their community and healthcare profession,” said STC NAH Dean Melba Treviño. “These NCLEX results are proof that the ADN Program is living up to the mission of STC’s Nursing and Allied Health Division.”

STC’s ADN Program begins to prepare students to take the NCLEX from the first day of their first semester in the program.

“The mission of the test and the Texas Board of Nursing is to protect the public,” said STC ADN Program Director Jayson Valerio. “They (students) have to meet the requirements of the ADN Program and from day one we prepare them for their licensure exam. We want our students to take it the first time and pass it the first time.”

“The successful passing rate is a direct result of the drive and determination of our students, faculty and staff,” added Valerio.

Higher education institutions with nursing programs that earn above a 90 percent passing rate also receive commendations.

“When you get to that point, that’s the true measure of quality at our college,” added Valerio. “It’s a determinant factor.”

Valerio attributes several factors to the success of the students, from his faculty and staff to the state-of-the-art resources available to them at STC, including internal mechanisms that the program has in place to assist the students in the successful completion of the program.

“The commitment and dedication of my faculty and staff, the CLE, and the librarians help us so much with our students,” said Valerio. “They help us a lot with time management, test anxiety, and how to deal with psycho-social issues. It’s a very rigorous and demanding program and we help them deal with any problems that they may face.”

For more information about STC’s ADN Program, call (956) 872-3070 or visit

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