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DC3 Nursing Program Ranked No. 1 in Kansas

Published October 16, 2023

On Thursday, Oct. 12, the Dodge City Community College (DC3) nursing program was ranked No. 1 by for its Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program. Out of the 19 Kansas nursing schools listed in the report, DC3 received an overall score of 100% and was named the 2024 Top Ranked LPN Program.

According to, the individual rankings were determined after “careful review” of a school’s first-time pass rates over the past several years for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). For three of the past four years—2023, 2022 and 2020—DC3’s NCLEX-PN exam first-time pass rate has been 100%.

“This award is so important to our program!” Dr. Mechele Hailey, DC3 Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, said. “We work really hard to provide a quality education for our students with standards that benefit our communities, and we are proud of the hard work of our faculty, staff and students.”

Rounding out the Top 5 nursing programs in Kansas, second through fifth places respectively, are North Central Kansas Technical College at 98.87%, Barton Community College at 98.52%, Neosho County Community College at 95.13%, and Garden City Community College at 94.21%.

By Lance Ziesch
DC3 Assistant Director of Marketing and Community Relations