Chattanooga State students excelled in a recent nursing exam. (Photo: MGNOnline)

The passing rate for Chattanooga State Community College’s day cohort nursing students who take the National Council Licensure Exam for registered nurses has reached 100 percent for the first time.

The NCLEX-RN consists of between 75 and 265 questions that range in topic from safety to patient care. Once nursing students pass this exam, they can move on to study more specialized areas of medicine, such as pediatrics.

Nursing students from across the U.S. take the same version of the exam.


Chattanooga State Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Martina Harris said although the number is great, she’s more proud of the hard work the students put in.

“It’s exciting that we have this number of students who take the course in only two years, take an exam of this magnitude and all pass,” Harris said.

Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Martina Harris attributes the students’ success to the faculty’s hard work. (Photo: Contributed)

She attributes the students’ success to the dedication of the faculty members.

“The content is built into the curriculum, but it’s really all about the faculty,” Harris said. “The faculty has to make sure that the students are prepared.”

Previous passing rates for Chattanooga State nursing students sat at an average of 96.5 percent.

For more information about Chattanooga State Community College’s nursing program, click here. For more about the NCLEX-RN, click here.

Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC, where she was previously the news editor of the student newspaper, The University Echo. Alina also worked at CNN during the summer of 2017 and is the former Chattanooga correspondent for 2nd & Church, a literary magazine based out of Nashville. You can reach Alina at [email protected] or on Twitter @alinahuntergrah

Updated @ 7:24 a.m. on 1/30/18 for clarity.