The Registered Nursing program at Baton Rouge Community College will celebrate ten years during its annual pinning ceremony on Wednesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Magnolia Theatre, BRCC Mid City Campus, 201 Community College Drive. The program has had great success over the past decade and has just been named third in Louisiana for best Associate Degree in nursing programs. The ranking comes by way of RNCareers.org’s fourth annual competition that ranks nursing schools on metrics such as first-time NCLEX passing rates, accreditation, and more. BRCC’s program received a grade of 95.17 percent according to the metrics set forth by RN Careers. The ASN program at BRCC has an overall NCLEX pass-rate of 96 percent, since its first students tested in 2009. There are more than 14 Associate Degree programs for nursing in Louisiana.
“I am immensely proud that the nursing program at Baton Rouge Community College continues to achieve high levels of success in the education of nursing students as well as its contribution to the nursing industry in Louisiana,” said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib. “The program at BRCC is responsible for educating well over 400 nursing students since 2009. This new achievement further shows the dedication this college has in providing the best possible outcomes for our students.”
Nurses in Baton Rouge earn a median annual salary of almost $57,200. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing field is expected to grow 19 percent with over one million job openings available by 2022, creating a huge shortage. Registered nursing is designated a five-star profession by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, as the labor demand for RNs is high, and salaries are competitive. The Louisiana Workforce Commission estimates 420 annual RN position openings in the Baton Rouge area.
For more information about RNCareer.org’s annual competition, please visit https://www.rncareers.org/rn-programs/louisiana/.