Okaloosa Technical College's (OTC) Practical Nursing Program proudly announces that the 2022-2023 Class had a 100% pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), earning their licensed practical nurse certification (LPN). The fourteen-month-long program, approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing, prepares students to become quality, safe, practical nurses in all areas of the medical field. Nineteen students underwent the rigorous course of study split between 675 hours of classroom instruction and 675 hours of hands-on clinical experience. Most students were hired locally within the medical profession, while others continued their education.
“The demand for nurses continues to be high. These students are entering a noble profession that will make a positive impact and improve the quality of life of the patients they serve," stated Superintendent Marcus Chambers. "The 100% pass rate is a testament to the hard work of the students and OTC staff, as well as our community partnerships that give our students the real-life experience needed to enter the workforce immediately."
Last year, HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital awarded a $15,000 scholarship to Okaloosa Technical College to support efforts to strengthen and expand the state's healthcare workforce. OTC also received over $1 million in performance funding, based on the pass rate of students in the program, to update and improve the nursing program and lab.
"These adult students are answering the call for more trained healthcare professionals, and I am grateful for their contribution to the workforce. They have worked hard to pass their licensure exam and on the hospital floors during their clinical rounds as they care for patients. Hands-on learning at OTC is what we are about, and our LPN program showcases that especially well. We couldn't be prouder of these students and our faculty and staff who train them," stated Jon Williams, Okaloosa Technical College Director.
Brenda Restey, Practical Nursing Program Director at OTC stated, "I am very proud of the students who worked so hard and the staff who shared their love of nursing. I am also very grateful for the support we receive from our community partners who allow our students to train in their facilities. It is such a valuable part of their learning."