Austin Community College District (ACC) is proud to have one of the best pass rates in the nation for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in both its Associate Degree of Nursing (RN) and Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN). The NCLEX is one of the most important tests a nursing student can take because passage of the exam determines if it’s safe to begin practice as a nurse. 

At ACC, the (licensure exam) pass rates for students who completed the LVN program achieved a first-time test taker pass rate of 98% in 2023. That is a 6.6% increase compared to the previous year. ACC students who took the NCLEX-RN exam achieved a pass rate of 92.41%, an 11.7% increase compared to the 2022 NCLEX-RN first-time test taker pass rate–– consistently exceeding state and national averages.

“During the pandemic, we faced major obstacles to ensure our ensure our nursing students’ success in program completion and licensure exams.  This achievement is a testament to the dedication of the faculty and staff as well as the hard work of our amazing students in both programs,” says Dr. Nina Almasy, ACC dean of Health Sciences. “I am so proud of the work ACC’s Nursing Departments achieved to get our students prepared for this exam. The unwavering commitment of Department Chairs Professor McCrary Marshall and Dr. Laurie Dillon to student success has been the driving force. With such dedication and excellence driving our nursing education forward, we are confident in our ability to continue preparing compassionate and competent nurses for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

ACC provides a full nursing career pathway, from the fast-track certified nurse aide (CNA) (currently offered at a 50 percent discount as part of the college’s fast-track training programs), to an advanced certificate in vocational nursing (LVN) or an associate degree in professional nursing to become an RN. The college also offers a pathway toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing through the RN-to-BSN program

For more information, visit the college’s Nursing Program webpage.