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(BORN) Unanimously Votes to Give “Full Approval” Status to 4Cs Nursing Program

September 10, 2020

On Wednesday, September 9, members of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) voted unanimously to reinstate full-approval status to the Nursing program at Cape Cod Community College. The vote comes two years after BORN had given the program a “warning” status, requiring the College improve National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) test scores after first-time pass rate scores fell below 80-percent, and maintain full compliance with all BORN regulations.

“We are delighted that our colleagues from BORN have accepted our compliance report, officially removing the ‘warning’ status from our esteemed Nursing program,” said John Cox, President of Cape Cod Community College. “When we were placed on warning, rigorous efforts by our Nursing faculty and staff were undertaken to make significant changes in how graduates prepare for the ever changing NCLEX exams. Through their immense hard work, dedication, and communication with BORN, we were able to get our program to where we know it belongs, which is fully approved and recognized as one of the finest programs in the Commonwealth.”

Among the changes implemented for students in the Nursing program were personalized student academic and financial support and mentorship, and cutting the amount of time between when students graduate and when they take the exam. In just one year, the College’s NCLEX first-time pass rates jumped to 93-percent and since the beginning of 2020, the pass rate has been at 100%. Subsequent internal reviews have been occurring, in collaboration with BORN, to ensure long-term success.

“When you look across our region, you see that the 4Cs Nursing program plays a critical role in providing quality health care,” said Arlene Rodriguez, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs for Cape Cod Community College. “Nobody educates more local nurses than our College, so we knew the test scores from 2018 did not accurately reflect the abilities of our graduates. We’re extremely proud to receive our full-approval status from BORN and we thank them for their work in evaluating our program over the past two years. We have an even stronger program thanks to their attentiveness.”

The Fall 2020 Nursing program launched with a full cohort of students this week. Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Nursing program, with both day and evening weekend options and the LPN to RN option. For more information about the Nursing program, contact the 4Cs Admissions Office at admissions@capecod.edu or call 774-330-4311.