ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. (May 1, 2023) – Rockland Community College (RCC) has already received two prestigious recognitions for its Nursing Program., a website that compiles nursing education and career information data, ranked RCC’s program # 2 out of 153 New York State Board of Nursing approved schools to pursue an associate degree program in nursing. And, a nursing advocacy organization, released its annual list of the 2023 Best RN programs and ranked the Rockland Community College nursing program fifth out of 103 in New York State.

Today the College announced that their passing rate for the National Council for Licensure Exam (NCLEX) is 97.62% while the overall NCLEX passing rate in New York State is 74.87%.

“At a time that many schools across the country are seeing declining NCLEX rates, RCC just received the 2023 first quarter report which showed a passing rate of 30% higher than the overall NYS rate. As the number-two nursing program in New York RCC graduates over 100 nursing students yearly while maintaining high NCLEX pass rates. This is vital in helping to address the fact that 20-30% of front-line healthcare workers are considering leaving their jobs as a result of post-traumatic stress from the COVID pandemic combined with years of being undervalued according to CNBC and nursing job vacancies are on the rise. In fact, New York State faces an estimated shortage of more than 39,000 registered nurses by 2030. RCC has made a strategic commitment to increase the number of nursing students that graduate from our nursing program and drastically expand the number of other healthcare degree tracks offered at the college. RCC would like to thank the nursing faculty for their hard work and dedication and their continued commitment to address the nursing shortage,” stated Dr. Maureen Kroning EdD RN, Dean, School of Nursing, Health and Wellness for RCC.

The College’s accredited Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program prepares nurses to meet the needs of the community and incorporates philosophical beliefs, scientific discipline, and concepts from nursing research to prepare nurses for careers in the ever-changing healthcare system. Tuition costs at RCC are about one-third of other colleges in New York, making it an affordable choice for future nurses.

For more information about RCC’s Nursing Program, contact 845-574-4223 or [email protected] or visit

About Rockland Community College, State University of New York
Rockland Community College (RCC), located in Suffern New York, provides purpose driven educational opportunities in a supportive, affordable, and accessible environment, empowering individuals to positively transform themselves and their communities. RCC welcomes students from diverse backgrounds who appreciate small class sizes and personal attention from a distinguished, award-winning faculty that includes Fulbright scholars and SUNY Distinguished Professors. Many graduates go on to top universities to further their education on their own or through RCCs institutional collaborations.

RCC fosters an environment that attracts, recruits, supports and retains faculty, staff, and students who value diversity. The College promotes a collegial and inclusive environment by recognizing, promoting, embracing, respecting and celebrating the expansive range and dimensions of cultures, attitudes, ideas and viewpoints contained within our campus community.

RCC is also proud to provide career training and professional development to adult learners looking to change careers or upgrade their skills through a variety of programs and educational opportunities including workforce training, certifications, and microcredentials. Many of the programs are developed with employers in the community in high demand industry areas to enable graduates to move into a new career upon graduation. More information can be found at

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