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Tested along with Va. bachelor-degree grads, TCC nurses had near-100% pass rate

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Feb. 17, 2009) – As the region, state and nation urgently seek certified nurses, first responders and a range of health practitioners, the high quality of new graduates remains critical to thousands of patients. 

Tidewater Community College proudly announces that its nursing graduates achieved a near-100 percent certification pass rate (97.9) in 2008 – the highest rate among all of Virginia’s nursing programs – for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination-RN), according to the Virginia Board of Nursing.

All graduates from the Commonwealth’s 16 baccalaureate and 28 associate-degree nursing programs must take the exam to become registered nurses. TCC graduates upwards of 80 nurses each year, and offers a pre-nursing curriculum to help students prepare for the nursing program.

In January 2010, the nursing program will take its place as the Beazley School of Nursing in TCC’s 188,000 square-foot New Portsmouth Campus when it opens in the city’s Victory development. The nursing facility will feature state-of-the-art labs and equipment, including high-end patient simulators. 

In other healthcare news, TCC graduates the second-highest number of nurse aides in the state – 226 of them passed the state’s Certified Nurse Aide Exam in the past 2 years alone. Graduates work in hospitals, nursing homes, private duty and for home health-care agencies.

Some 4,000 students at TCC are preparing for today's healthcare careers. From nursing to emergency medical services to health information technology, TCC offers 13 health profession programs,, and has the largest health program enrollment of any college in Hampton Roads.

Expanding its ability to serve health profession education and training, TCC will soon break ground on its 65,000 square-foot Regional Health Professions Center, and will partner with area hospitals. The center, located on the Virginia Beach Campus, will be next to Operation Smile’s upcoming headquarters.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit