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NOC nursing graduates achieve 100% nursing exam pass rate

Northern Oklahoma College 2023 nursing graduates achieved 100% first time pass rate on the national registered nurse licensure exam. On April 1, 2023, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing launched the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) Examination, an enhanced version of its predecessor, the NCLEX.

NOC graduates performed ahead of state and national averages on the next generation NCLEX-RN achieving a 100% pass rate during the period of April 1-June 30, which is the first testing period of the NGN. In comparison, the state pass rate was 93.77%, and the national pass rate was 94.31% for the same time period.

“NOC nursing faculty have worked diligently to implement changes to prepare students for practice with improved clinical judgment and decision-making skills,” said Dr. Nikole Hicks, Nursing Division Chair. “We are very proud of our graduates who are helping to fill a critical need for nurses in their communities.”

The NOC associate degree nursing program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

“NOC has been dedicated to providing exceptional nurses for our communities for over 50 years, and NOC nurses are changing lives all over the world,” Dr. Hicks said.  “Come join us. Change lives. Be exceptional. Be an NOC Nurse.”

The Northern Oklahoma College Nursing Program is accepting applications for the Spring 2024 Semester (Oct. 1) and for the Fall 2024 Semester (March 31) at the Tonkawa, Enid, and Stillwater campuses.

Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.

NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater.  Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at