The North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech) nursing program recently received notice from the National Council of State Boards in Nursing regarding the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate for the 2014 testing year.  The nursing programs on both the Beloit and Hays campuses exceeded the national pass rate for first time test takers.  The Registered Nurse (ADN) candidates on the Hays campus achieved a 96% pass rate. Candidates in the Practical Nurse (PN) program on the Beloit campus achieved a 100% pass rate and the Hays campus PN candidates achieved a 97% pass rate. All three benchmarks exceeded the state and national average pass rates for 2014.


The NCLEX examination measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse and is the capstone of nursing program studies. The NCK Tech nursing programs are acknowledged by state and national agencies — the Beloit campus PN program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing; the Hays campus ADN and PN programs are approved by the Kansas Board of Nursing and the ADN program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Both programs also achieved the above average pass rates in the 2012 and 2013 testing years.


Sandy Gottschalk is the Interim Director of Nursing on the NCK Tech Hays campus, which offers both RN and PN programs. Additional Nursing faculty on the Hays campus are: Michele Unrein, Beryl Dinges, Karen Kisner, Roxie Ruder, Patricia Drees, Amy George, and Sheri Stone. Patti Scott is the Director of Nursing on the NCK Tech Beloit campus, which offers the PN program. Additional Nursing faculty on the Beloit campus are: Annette Saint and Nicki Kasl.