For the fifth time in as many years, Southwestern College’s nursing program ranks among the top five in California, according to an annual list of the state’s best nursing schools.
The rankings, released by PracticalNursing.org, identified California’s top 50 schools and listed Southwestern College in Chula Vista as No. 4 in the state.
That trails only Imperial Valley College near El Centro, Annenberg School of Nursing in Reseda and College of the Siskiyous north of Redding.
The web site is an online resource for students pursuing careers in nursing, including training, test preparation and job resources.
“This is great news for a program that is preparing the next generation of world-class nurses in California,” said Senior Program Director Dr. Samantha Girard. “These rankings are a testament to our talented faculty and their hard work and dedication to ensuring student success.”
Southwestern’s nursing program prepares students for careers through the study of the humanities, natural/social sciences and the field of nursing, with an emphasis on nursing theory and clinical practice.
Graduates with associate degrees are eligible to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse.
The rankings considered various factors, including past and present first-time nursing exam pass rates. There was also an assessment of how effectively programs support students as they attempt to obtain licenses. In all, Southwestern’s program scored 97.55 out of a possible 100.
Southwestern College’s nursing program serves more than 200 students a year with a graduation rate of nearly 90%.