Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley Nursing Program Ranked 4th in the State

Terre Haute – Ivy Tech Community College’s Terre Haute campus was recently ranked fourth as a best nursing program in Indiana by registerednursing.org. The Associate in Nursing graduates from this campus over 2011-2014 scored an average of 95.83 when taking the RN licensing exam. 100 percent of practical nursing students have passed the test since 2009 and in 2016, 100 percent of the Associate of Science in Nursing students passed, as well.

“We are so proud of the success of our students,” said Ivy Tech Terre Haute Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “The pass rates indicate the high quality of our programs and graduates, and the high demand for these graduates in area hospitals and other health-related facilities proves the success of the preparation our students receive.”

The 4th place ranking is made by examining the NCLEX-RN licensing pass rates. According to registerednursing.org’s website, NCLEX-RN exam pass rates for all RN programs were collected for five years, 2011-2014, if available.

  • Once non-qualifying programs were filtered out, pass rates were analyzed and were averaged together and weighted by the recency of the exam.
  • If a school’s overall pass rate was the same as another school, additional characteristics were considered like the number of students taking the exam, and the number of years of exam data available.

At Ivy Tech, the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree can be completed in two years once a student is admitted into the program. Individualized tutoring and mentoring is provided by Ivy Tech faculty, and graduates are consistently in high demand throughout the state. After completing their ASN, graduates are qualified to work in hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, home health care, physician offices, schools and health departments. Or, graduates who successfully pass the NCLEX-RN, may also continue their education by transferring to a four year university where they can enter RN or MSN programs to earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in nursing. Ivy Tech has over 20 transfer partner colleges and universities for its graduates to choose from.

Kim Cooper, dean of the Ivy Tech School of Nursing and the 2017 Indiana State Board of Nursing president, said the faculty at Ivy Tech Terre Haute do amazing work and are dedicated to the students they serve. “Every day I see students and faculty who are working together to help the student be successful. Many of our students come to us with life challenges they are overcoming and still, they bring everything they have to the table and obviously, as the pass rates show, work to reach their end goal.”

In Indiana, 55 schools were analyzed for all five years, with 20 being ranked. Only 8 other states in the nation had more schools ranked than in Indiana.

Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley Nursing Program Ranked 4th in the State

Advocate for the Disabled to Speak at Ivy Tech

Terre Haute — Terre Haute native Kristin Fleschner, will be a guest speaker on March 7 for Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley’s celebration of Disability Awareness Month. The event is free and open to the public, and begins at 2 p.m. in Oakley Auditorium on Ivy Tech’s main campus, 8000 S. Education Drive.

Fleschner has worked on gender, peace, and security issues for the federal government since 2008. She is also an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and she herself first began experiencing vision loss in 2008 and is now legally blind. Fleschner recently joined the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor as a foreign affairs officer covering human rights issues.

She is a 2014 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 2004 graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in anthropology and human and organization development. She was the 2004 Vanderbilt University Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellow, which enabled her to travel to Southern and Eastern Africa to study sexual violence against women and children. Those experiences deepened her interest in international relations and gender issues.

She has served on U.S. Government interagency working groups on disability issues since 2010 and in 2014 she was awarded one of Harvard Law School’s Leadership Awards for her work on disability issues. She was the 2013 National Federation of the Blind’s National Scholarship winner, which recognized her scholarship and advocacy work. In 2013 she directed a documentary, “Blind Ambition,” (https://vimeo.com/69119995) about her experiences and those of other Harvard Law students who are blind or visually impaired.

In conjunction with the guest speaker, the Disability Resource Fair is planned from noon-2 p.m. in the lobby of Oakley Auditorium. The event is also open to the public.

Advocate for the Disabled to Speak at Ivy Tech