Lone Star College-CyFair’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program has plenty to celebrate as the semester comes to a close from graduation and state-of the-art lab to three nursing grants and an eight-year accreditation.
Next month, 29 nurses will be honored in a pinning ceremony as they join the more than 150 program graduates on the road to a healthcare career.
LSC-CyFair’s students are prepared for the real world environment not only through clinicals available through community hospital partnerships, but also on the Barker Cypress campus with a state-of-the-art clinical simulation nursing lab. Among the features of LSC-CyFair’s lab are: more than 35 interactive simulation mannequins, including a state-of-the-art wireless SimMan and two labor and delivery simulators.
LSC-CyFair’s graduates are also well prepared to take the National Council Licensure EXamination (NCLEX.) In fact, LSC-CyFair’s ADN program received a commendation from the Texas Board of Nursing in recognition of the program’s 100% pass rate on the NCLEX nursing exam for the past three years. LSC-CyFair is one of only six colleges in Texas to attain a 100% NCLEX pass rate during the past year.
Through a prestigious and competitive Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education (FIPSE) grant, LSC-CyFair received funding that provided for an exchange program between Canada, Mexico and the United States. LSC-CyFair took the lead serving first as host to students from Mexico, who were able to observe LSC-CyFair campus life, attend nursing classes and clinicals at area hospitals as well as some sight-seeing opportunities in Houston. In turn, LSC-CyFair students then had the opportunity to gain insight into the health care system in Canada.
In addition, the Texas Workforce Commission awarded LSC-CyFair two more nursing grants, which provides funding earmarked for student retention and increasing the number of nursing graduates. In collaboration with the other Lone Star College System nursing programs, the LSC-Cy-Fair nursing program was recently awarded a Department of Health and Human Services grant allowing for the purchase of additional simulation equipment.
Most recently, a site visit and review from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission’s (NLNAC) resulted in a recommendation for a full eight-year accreditation of the ADN Program, which received its initial accreditation in 2005.
Students interested in applying for LSC-CyFair’s ADN Program are strongly encouraged to attend an information session. Four sessions will be held this spring starting Jan. 26, 2011. For program information, go to LoneStar.edu/nursing-dept-cyfair.