Seward County Community College has one of four nursing programs in the state that achieved a pass rate of 96 percent or above on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses exam for its 2005 graduates. There are currently 29 programs in Kansas (12 baccalaureate, 17 community college/technical college) that offer the curriculum for graduates to be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN. SCCC joined Baker University, Manhattan Technical College and Pratt Community College. The average national NCLEX-RN pass rate for 2005 was 87.92 percent and the average Kansas pass rate was 85.41 percent.

Among the students in the 2004-2005 graduating RN class were:
Olga Beyna, Liberal
Cassandra Britton, Liberal
Carla Knowles, Liberal
Charly Madden, Liberal
Karen Shelton, Liberal
Marie Slater, Liberal
Tonya Warren, Liberal
Jennifer Wedel , Liberal
Rita Birney, Sublette
Tiffany Cerecero, Hugoton
Brooksy Lewis, Hugoton
Jessi Mace, Hugoton
Therese Tatem, Hugoton
Cathy Daugherty, Ulysses
Lindsey Thompson, Plains
Kasie Winfrey, Plains
Kristi Winters, Elkhart
Arlene Crist, Tyrone, OK
Debra Ehrlich, Gate, OK
Leslie Hardy, Perryton, TX
Myrna Lopez-Alston, Forgan, OK
Ashley Hodges, Forgan, OK
Jamie Boley, Goodwell, OK
Brandy Tharp, Hardesty, OK

SCCC was also one of seven institutions that achieved a pass rate of 100 percent on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses exam for its 2005 graduates, joining Butler County Community College, Johnson County AVTS, Labette Community College, Manhattan Technical College, North Central Kansas Technical College - Beloit and Pratt Community College. There are currently 19 programs in Kansas that offer the curriculum for graduates to be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-PN. The national NCLEX-PN pass rate for 2005 was 89.06 percent and the Kansas pass rate was 94.55 percent.

Among the students in the 2004-05 program were:
Cristina Alvarado, Liberal
Chris Starkey, Liberal
Ashley Darroch, Liberal
Cheryl Dreitz, Liberal
Colleen Johnson, Liberal
Eva VanWyhe, Liberal
Elsa Korina Garcia, Liberal
Jacque Johnson, Liberal
Tesie Kemp, Liberal
Scarlett Wondra, Meade
Sunceray Brimer, Meade
Ed Stevenson, Hugoton
Lisa Moser, Hugoton
Stephen Kinser, Hugoton
Peggy Boothby, Hugoton
Jessica Linaweaver, Plains
Alicia Velasquez, Plains
Missie Short, Ulysses
Tabitha Soell, Guymon, OK
Marlene Brown, Guymon,OK
Anna Foster, Turpin, OK
Hali Bell, Tyrone, OK
Sheila Bryan, Tyrone, OK
Chrissy Smith, Forgan, OK
Jamie Chambers, Darrozette, TX
Crystal Wheatley, Darrozette, TX

"Southwest Medical Center is very pleased to be a part of furthering the education of students of Seward County Community College who are pursuing a career in the nursing field," said Jo Harrison, RN, BSN, vice president of patient care services at Southwest Medical Center. "Our staff and administration welcome these students each semester to our facility so they may complete their educational requirements and take one more step toward realizing their dreams. In light of the nursing shortage seen throughout the country, it is essential that we have competent nurses to fill the ranks of this profession and the partnership of Seward County Community College and Southwest Medical Center ensures more nurses are added each year.

"Nursing is a very vital and honorable profession and we hope to be a part of SCCC's successful program for many years to come."

"We are extremely proud of our faculty and staff," said Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction. "Our students consistently place high on these national exams."

The full-time nursing faculty includes Sandra Brisendine, Nancy Bansemer, Veda King, Lynnetta Stout, Gail Unruh and Steve Hecox, Director of Nursing/Allied Health Division chairperson.