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NCCC LPN program rated best in upstate NY

The licensed practical nursing Class of 2019 poses at North Country Community College’s Saranac Lake campus. (Provided photo — NCCC)

SARANAC LAKE — A nursing and health care education website has named the North Country Community College licensed practical nursing program the best in upstate New York.

NursingProcess.org, an online guide for aspiring nursing students curated by a small team of educators and health care professionals, ranked NCCC’s LPN program sixth among 74 state Board of Nursing-approved programs. The top five on the list are located around New York City and Long Island, leaving NCCC’s the best upstate.

The website’s 2019 “20 Best LPN Programs in New York” rankings are based on each program’s academic quality and affordability, first-time pass rates and other factors.

“Our practical nursing program has been part of the fabric of North Country Community College for over 50 years and continues to be of incredible value and importance to our students and communities,” NCCC President Joe Keegan said in a press release. “It is always gratifying to have others recognize the good work that you are doing, and this recognition provides one more opportunity to celebrate the good work of our faculty, staff, students and community partners which help make our practical nursing program, like all of our programs, as successful as it is.”

The website commended the college for its “well balanced” curriculum that incorporates “subjects such as human biology, nursing pharmacology, psychology, microbiology and English composition, which prepare students to face nursing challenges efficiently.”

It noted that students who complete the one-year LPN program can go on to complete training as a registered nurse at the college.

“With its firm-rooted belief in maintaining clarity and responsibility in the educational process, the college strives to nurture the academic goals of its students,” the website reads.

“What a wonderful achievement for our students, faculty, staff, and community partners,” Sandra Ellis Gothard, director of the college’s School of Nursing, said in the press release. “Our mission continues to educate nurses who will leave the college prepared to deliver holistic, patient-centered nursing care and positively impact health care through quality nursing practice.”

NursingProcess.org provides nursing education and career information to more than 100,000 students across the country. Its New York LPN program rankings are posted at nursingprocess.org/lpn-programs/new-york.

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