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Local college's nursing program ranks in state's top ten

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -  John Wood Community College's  Licensed Practical Nursing program is being recognized statewide. 

Practicalnursing.org ranks John Wood as a top 10 nursing program in the state of Illinois. John Wood's four-year National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing average was used to rank the college ninth out of the state's 43 community colleges that offer nursing.

Officials say one thing that helps their program stand out is the simulation lab. In the simulation lab, students are given scenarios and have to decide what they should do on their own.

"The mannequins can speak," Professor of Nursing Mary Hass said. "They can have vital signs set at certain perimeters, we can make their heart do certain things, their bowels do certain things. We can even produce fetal heart tones. So it just makes more like a live experience."

Hass says the healthcare industry is always evolving, so John Wood strives to make sure it meets those changes in its curriculum.

"We're always changing our curriculum," Hass said. "And we work very carefully with Blessing Rieman; We partner with them. We also work with our science department, our english department, our math department to make sure that they have the changes included."

According to Practicalnursing.org, when John Wood's scores were compared to those of 43 other institutions in the state, John Wood students scored higher than 80 percent of other nursing students in Illinois.

Hass also says every John Wood student who has taken the licensing exam for practical nursing over the last two years, passed.

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