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HGTC nursing grads lead the nation

Nurses graduating from Horry Georgetown Technical College rank measurably higher on the national nursing exam than most others in the state and nation do, according to first quarter scores on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a mandatory test for nurses. Prof. Christy Cimineri, chair of HGTC's nursing program, said 44 of 45 HGTC students who took the test between January and March of this year passed, resulting in a pass rate of 97.78%. The average pass rate for SC was 93%, and, nationally, the average pass
rate was 90%.

Among state colleges with more than ten test-takers, Midlands Technical College, the Medical University of SC and Greenville Technical College exceeded this rate, with 100% of thirty-seven graduates passing for MTC, 11 of 11 graduates passing at MUSC and 98.41% passing at GTC, or 62 of 63 passing.

NCLEX reported further that 91.8% of nursing graduates from Clemson University passed, compared with 89% from the University of South Carolina-Aiken and 95% from Francis Marion University.

"These high scores among HGTC nursing graduates measure two important indicators," HGTC President Neyle Wilson said. "They prove that faculty invest the time necessary to prepare excellent nurses, and students devote themselves to achieving their best in this highly competitive profession."

Professor Cimineri said 70 new nursing students are expected to graduate from HGTC on May 13.