MGCCC nursing program named best in state by nursing organization

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s registered nursing program has been ranked as the best community college program in Mississippi for the third year in a row by, a nursing advocacy organization.

MGCCC’s program received a 99.35 out of a possible 100 on the ranking scale, the same score and ranking they received in 2019 and 2020.

MGCCC has nearly 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 91 percent first write pass rate average on the NCLEX over the past three calendar years, and the programs boast a 100 percent job placement rate.

“We are humbled and honored to receive this recognition from for the last three consecutive years,” said Dr. Joan Hendrix, associate vice president of the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

“Our nursing programs maintain rigorous standards, follow an evidence-based curricula, and include advanced technologies and resources that help ensure positive outcomes. We are very proud of what we do in nursing education and all of our health care programs, particularly at this time as we battle the worst health care crisis of the modern era.”

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.

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