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TJC nursing graduates pass licensing exams in high numbers

Tyler Junior College nursing graduates scored higher than the state and national averages on their recent licensing exams.

In the TJC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, 94 percent of graduates passed their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) on their first try.

The national average passing rate for ADNs is 82 percent, and the state average is 87 percent.

In the TJC Vocational Nursing program, 90 percent of graduates passed NCLEX on the first try.

The national average passing rate for LVNs is 80 percent, and the state average is 86 percent.

“The dedicated professors in the TJC Nursing program work hard to ensure our graduates are well prepared for the challenges of working in the nursing profession,” said Bethany Yearty, TJC Nursing department chair and professor. “We congratulate these students on a job well done.”

About the TJC Nursing programs 
TJC has been training area nurses since 1951, when it opened the Texas Eastern School of Nursing, in cooperation with Mother Frances and Medical Center hospitals. Since then, thousands of area nurses have received their start at TJC.

Today, with facilities in Tyler, Rusk and Lindale, the TJC Nursing program is a convenient option for many students in the East Texas area.

The TJC ADN program is a two-year associate degree program that offers three pathways to become a registered nurse (RN): Traditional RN, LVN-RN Transition and Paramedic-RN Transition.

The LVN-RN Transition pathway offers three cohorts: Tyler daytime, FastTrack evening, and Jacksonville daytime.

The median annual salary for RNs is $58,888.

TJC’s LVN program is a 12-month program that offers one pathway track for certificate in vocational nursing. Three cohorts are available, including: Tyler daytime, Tyler evening, Lindale daytime and Rusk daytime.

The median annual salary for LVNs is $44,106.

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