Top of page
Skip to main content
COVID-19 Information: masks are required indoors on PCC campuses and in centers until March 28, 2022. Learn more on the COVID-19 & Updates Page.
Two nursing students with IV bag

Program Effectiveness

Nursing (ADN) AAS

Program Effectiveness Data

PCC student pass rates for those industry examinations for which data is available are given below.

PCC Student Pass Rate

Following nursing program completion, graduates take the NCLEX-RN© licensure examination (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). An annual rate is calculated based on the number of candidates who pass the test on the first attempt. PCC’s goal is to have a program pass rate at the higher of 90% or the national mean.

Year PCC pass rate Arizona State Average National Average
2017 89.26% 88.07% 87.12%
2018 89.10% 91.90% 88.30%
2019 86.24% 93.00% 88.18%
2020 90.91% 91.44% 86.58%


Completion Rate

Completion rate indicates the number of students who complete the nursing program in the amount of time equivalent to 150% of the program length. For PCC’s ADN program, this is three (3) years. The completion rate calculation takes into account variables including: students still enrolled in the program, student withdrawal for personal reasons, and academic dismissals. PCC’s goal is 75% of students will complete the program in 150% of the allotted time.  

  • 2017:  99.9%
  • 2018:  89.9%
  • 2019:  93.75%

Employment Rates

PCC surveys all graduates nine months after graduation. Information is collected regarding employment rates, student program satisfaction, and employer program satisfaction. PCC’s goal is 90% of graduate respondents who pass the NCLEX-RN© will be employed as a registered nurse or enrolled in a nursing post licensure program within nine (9) months of graduation.    

Year Graduate Satisfaction Employer Satisfaction Employment Rates
2017 92% 84% 96%
2018 93.3% 87.5% 100%
2019 84.3% pending pending
Back to main content Back to top