Accreditation Information

The SWCC nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON). Graduates of SWCC’s nursing program meet the IBON requirement that applicants must graduate from an IBON approved school to be eligible to take the NCLEX licensure exam. SWCC’s associate degree nursing program graduates are able to articulate easily into BSN programs in Iowa. The SWCC nursing program is investigating accreditation by a national nursing accrediting body because it is required for admission into some out-of-state advanced nursing education programs and by a few select employers.

U.S. Department of Education Regulations

As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented new regulations that professional nursing programs (LPN and RN) must adhere to Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v). In compliance with this regulation, Southwestern Community College PN and AD Nursing is providing the following information:

  1. Southwestern Community College Practical Nursing and Associates of Science degree, nursing curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure in the states/jurisdictions of: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin.
  2. Southwestern Community College Practical Nursing and Associates of Science degree, nursing curriculum does not meet the state educational requirements for professional licensure in the states/jurisdictions of: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
  3. Southwestern Community College has not made the determination if the Practical Nurse and Associate of Science degree, nursing curriculum meets the state educational requirements for the following state/jurisdictions: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Northern Mariana Island, Pennsylvania, and Virgin Islands.

Notes:

  1. This information is only for initial licensure by exam requirements for the state listed.
  2. Students should contact the State Board of Nursing in which they wish to be licensed for specific licensing requirements.
  3. Students may meet with the Director of Nursing Education if they wish to be licensed in another state.

Disclaimer: This information has been gathered from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website and will be updated annually on June 1. Southwestern Community College assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained in this resource. It is your responsibility to verify accuracy by visiting the NCSBN website at: https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm

NCLEX Pass Rates

National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN®) First Time Pass Rate

Jan. 1, 2020-Dec. 31, 2020 – 100 percent

Jan. 1, 2019-Dec. 31, 2019 – 100 percent

Jan. 1, 2018-Dec. 31, 2018 - 93.6 percent

National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) First Time Pass Rate

Jan. 1, 2020-Dec. 31, 2020 – 86.5 percent

Jan. 1, 2019-Dec. 31, 2019 – 94.4 percent

Jan. 1, 2018-Dec. 31, 2018 - 88.9 percent

Nursing Graduation Rates 

PN graduation rate

2020-21 – 58.5 percent

2019–20 – 60 percent

2018–19 - 52.2 percent

RN graduation rate

2020-21 – 95.3 percent

2019 – 20 – 82.6 percent

2018–19 - 84.1 percent

Graduate Rate of Employment (in Nursing)

PN

2018-19 – 100 percent*

2017-18 – 90 percent*

2016–17 - 100 percent*

RN

2018-19 – 95 percent*

2017-18 – 100 percent*

2016–17 - 100 percent*

*Percentage based on graduate survey responses