Eastern Gateway Nursing Students Ace Licensure Exam

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The entire graduating class from Eastern Gateway Community College’s practical nursing program, which places students looking for a licensed practical nurse position, passed the National Council Licensure Examination on the first try. 

The program has an almost 100% placement rate.

“We are so proud of our students once again all passing the National Council Licensure Examination,” said Jennifer Salyard, practical nursing program director at EGCC. “This means they are ready to step into good paying jobs immediately after graduation.”

Salyard said the state is facing a nurse shortage, and 100% of Eastern Gateway’s nursing graduates are helping to fill those positions – many staying in northeastern Ohio.

“Our PN program directors, Jennifer Salyard and Jennie Scott, are incredible educators,” said Arthur Daly, senior vice president and chief development officer at EGCC. “They set up every single student that passes through their classroom for a lifetime of success. We are proud to continue to offer students the opportunity to pursue a career in an in-demand field where they are sure to find great jobs providing much needed care.” 

With fall enrollment now open, Eastern Gateway students in the practical nursing program can graduate in three semesters and help fill shortages in nursing positions across the state. The average pay is between $27 and $30 per hour.

“Nurses are frontline heroes, providing critical care to our communities and our state’s most vulnerable,” said Michael Geoghegan, EGCC president. “We are so thankful to be able to give our students the practical schooling they need to go out into our community as proud health care heroes.”

Geoghegan said Eastern Gateway is excited to meet the new class of practical nursing students enrolling in the fall semester.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.