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Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
(931) 393-1500

Motlow Nursing Program earns 100% pass rate; accredited by ACEN through 2023

Aug. 25 2015

Motlow College's nursing program recently learned that all 51 of its 2015 graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), giving the College a best-in-the-state 100 percent pass rate.

Motlow nursing students regularly excel at the NCLEX. The nursing program often leads the state with pass rates that are among the best in the nation.

In 2014, Motlow exceeded state and national NCLEX pass rates. Motlow's 2014 nursing graduate pass rate was 97 percent, while the state average was 87.44 percent and the national average was 81.79 percent. Sixty-three of Motlow's 65 graduates in 2014 passed the test.

While the state average was one of the highest in the nation, Motlow's 2014 NCLEX pass rate was the highest of all the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs as well as the TBR Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.

With a perfect pass rate in 2015, Motlow again leads state and national averages and remains a leader for nursing programs in Tennessee and the United States.

"The consistently high pass rate on the NCLEX-RN highlights the quality of our students and faculty," said Pat Hendrix, director of nursing and allied health at Motlow. "We expect our graduates to be exceptional nurses."

The NCLEX results were not the only piece of good news Motlow received in the past few weeks. Motlow's associate degree nursing program was recently granted continuing accreditation through the spring of 2023 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Motlow was formally notified of its accreditation with a letter following the July meeting of ACEN's Board of Commissioners. Program evaluators recommended accreditation upon reviewing the self-study report, the catalog and the site visitors' report.

"We are very proud for Motlow's nursing program be granted continuing accreditation and to receive the recognition by ACEN," Hendrix. "This accomplishment was earned through the faculty's commitment to excellence in nursing education."

In March, Motlow hosted ACEN site visitors Dr. Patricia Lusk, dean of nursing and health technologies at Germanna Community College; Cheryl Kollath, associate degree nursing instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; Dr. Kathy Sheppard, associate dean of nursing and associate professor of nursing at the University of Mobile; and Dr. Carol Ann Hanna, nursing faculty at Delaware County Community College.

"The nursing faculty recognizes the contributions from the faculty, staff, and administrators at Motlow who assisted with the writing of the self-study and the site visit," continued Hendrix. "We also want to express our appreciation to Harton Medical Center, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital and Stonecrest Medical Center who partnered with the nursing program during the site visit."

"On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, we thank Motlow for its commitment to quality nursing education," said Dr. Marsal P. Stoll, CEO of ACEN. "We look forward to continued successes for the nursing program."

Interested individuals who want to know more about Motlow's nursing program are encouraged to review the program information materials on the website at For additional information or assistance, please call 931-393-1628 to schedule an appointment.