Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is proud to announce the Associate Degree Nursing program Class of 2012 has achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

The NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) is the exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to ensure public protection and passing the exam is a requirement for nurses to obtain a license and gain employment.


NCSBN is the “not-for-profit organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concerns affecting the public health, safety, and welfare,” according to the organization’s website  “NCSBN requires a candidate for licensure to pass an examination that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.”


The Georgia Board of Nursing, the governing body over GNTC’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, requires an 80 percent pass rate of first-time state board test takers.  The national pass rate for this board exam, the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, is 86.9 percent. The Georgia pass rate is 92 percent.  Thirty-two ADN students took the test and all 32 passed.


“I am very proud of the ADN Class of 2012 as they have risen to the challenge presented,” said Mindy McCannon, vice president of Academic Affairs, GNTC.  “However, I am also proud of the faculty, as they had a big part in preparing these students for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.”


“This goes to show hard work pays off,” said Ose Martinez, Associate Degree Nursing program director, GNTC.  “I appreciate all of the program instructors, including our adjunct instructors, without the guidance and quality teaching our students would not have been that successful!”


“I worked as an LPN and went back to school for my RN,” said Susan Van Weort, RN, Class of 2012.  “I was not sure I was going to finish since my husband had open heart surgery in March. 

I was able to finish with the help and dedication of GNTC nursing instructors and my classmates.” 


Shannon Owensby, RN, GNTC ADN graduate, agrees.  “I had been a LPN-C for six years and the education I received through my ADN courses at Georgia Northwestern helped build my knowledge base.  Even though I felt a bit nervous, I knew I had the foundation, set by my teachers, to pass the test. We learned from clinics, labs, skits, preceptorship, and from the instructor’s demonstrations that made the lessons come to life.”


“As each classmate passed the exam, our instructors cheered and sent words of congratulations and encouragement,” Owensby added.  “We were well prepared, thanks to a group of ladies that went the extra mile to not only be an instructor or a teacher, but a mentor. The program at GNTC is one of the best.  It is well-rounded, challenging, and worth every penny. I want to say thank you to each instructor because you have made an impression on my life forever.  Our class motto was ‘Keep on Swimming’ and we did.”


Georgia Northwestern’s ADN program is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).


Serving the nine counties of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in the areas of business, health, industrial, and public service, students have the opportunity to earn a degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.