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Highland Nursing graduates board pass rate at 94%
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FREEPORT — Highland Community College recently announced its Nursing and Allied Health graduates completed the program last year with pass rates well above the national average. 

Statistics released from the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the United States’ examination for the licensing of nurses, shows a pass rate of 94% for Highland’s nursing graduates from January 1 to December 31, 2023. The national average is 83%.

“Our increased pass rates show how dedicated our faculty members are to providing an exemplary education,” said Dr. Stephanie Eymann, DNP, RN, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Highland. “We don’t stagnate; we analyze up-to-date information and put in place a curriculum that allows our students to be successful. We prepare nurses ready to take on healthcare challenges and provide care to those in their communities.” 

“Our division ensures we are staying up to date on the current needs of the community and our students,” Dr. Eymann added. “Our Medical Assistant certificate program just completed an extensive curriculum revision — decreasing the program from 12 months to 10 and 32 credits instead of 43. This makes the program more affordable and gives students more flexibility in their schedules.”

For those interested in Nursing and Allied Health at Highland and the program’s concept-based curriculum, contact Dr. Eymann at 815-599-3439 or e-mail