The Quincy Sun // Published Thursday April 7, 2022


Graduates of Quincy College’s Associate in Science Degree in Nursing program (ASN) as well as its Certificate in Practical Nursing (PN) program successfully passed national certifying examinations at rates higher than national averages, according to the most recent results released by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Of particular note: 100 percent of the College’s Practical Nursing program who took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in both 2020 and 2021 for the first time earned a passing grade, making Quincy College one of only four institutions in Massachusetts to achieve that level of proficiency among its graduates taking the exam.

“These results show how ready our students are for careers in nursing,” said Dr. Diane Gillis, Dean of Nursing at Quincy College. “Our concept-based nursing curriculum prepares them to pass the NCLEX exam but, more importantly, it gives them an advantage as they begin their practice as nursing professionals. The results also validate our teaching philosophy, which is highly individualized, supportive, and rooted in the belief that every student counts because — especially in today’s healthcare environment — every nurse counts.”

“The NCLEX results clearly demonstrate that Quincy College has earned a place in the top tier of the state’s nursing education programs, which is a tribute to the dedication of both our faculty and our students,” said President Richard DeCristofaro, Ed. D. “The value of a Quincy College nursing education, and the return on the investment our students make by enrolling here, has never been greater.”

In 2021, 94 Percent of graduates of Quincy College’s two-year ASN degree program offered at the College’s Quincy campus recorded a first-time passing grade as did 89 percent of the graduates of the ASN program at the Plymouth campus; those results are well above the NCLEX national results which show a pass rate of 79.78 percent for ASN candidates. The 100 percent of graduates of the 10-month PN certificate program who recorded a first-time passing grade is significantly higher than the national pass rate of 79.60 percent for PN candidates. Complete results are available at

Quincy College is currently enrolling students for the 2022-23 academic year in both ASN and PN programs at its Quincy and Plymouth Campuses. Visit for more information about each program as well as dates and times for upcoming information sessions.