Sinclair Community College’s recent push toward training in health care fields may already be paying off.
Sinclair’s nursing program was recently ranked the best in the state, above 106 other programs, according to the website Nursing Explorer.
The ranking was calculated using the each program’s pass rate of the National Council Licensure Exam and the average net price of each school, according to the website.
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Sinclair’s pass rate was 80.7 percent, the study showed. The school charges a little more than $116 per credit hour to Montgomery County students, $163 to other Ohio residents and $299 to out-of-state students, according to Sinclair.
“We are so pleased to be ranked number one among 107 Ohio nursing programs, based on our credentialing scores and low tuition rates, providing students and the community with such a valuable program,” said Rena Shuchat, health sciences dean at Sinclair.
The Nursing Explorer study analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education, state Board of Nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
Sinclair’s ranking comes after the college opened a new $31.5-million health sciences facility on its downtown campus in August 2017.
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Earlier this year, Sinclair and the University of Dayton announced they would launch a joint bachelor’s degree in the science of nursing. The joint degree program is set to start being offered this fall.
Nearby Wright State University already offers a BSN as do Ohio State University in Columbus and the University of Cincinnati, both of which are an hour or so away from Dayton. Kettering College also offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Nursing jobs are expected to grow by 15 percent through the year 2026, faster than any other occupation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sinclair’s efforts could put the college in position to capitalize on that growing need.
“We are committed to providing students with the best in quality and value that a higher education institution can offer,”said Sinclair president Steve Johnson.
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