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Kiamichi Tech LPN Program Ranked in Top Nursing Programs in Oklahoma

Posted Date: 12/13/2023

Kiamichi Tech LPN Program Ranked in Top Nursing Programs in Oklahoma

WILBURTON, Okla. – Four of Kiamichi Tech’s Licensed Practical Nursing programs have been ranked in the top 20 Oklahoma LPN program in Oklahoma for 2024. The programs and their respective rankings are Durant campus (third), Poteau campus (ninth), Hugo campus (eleventh), and McAlester campus (nineteenth).  

“We are thrilled that the accomplishments of our instructors, staff and students are being recognized at this level,” said Shelly Swalley, Practical Nursing Director at Kiamichi Tech.  

According to, 43 schools in Oklahoma were analyzed and the top 20 were ranked based on their NCLEX-PN exam pass rate. The NCLEX-PN exam is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licensure. Pass rates for this exam are one of the best ways to determine how well a school is preparing their students for a career in practical nursing, according to the ranking organization’s website.  

“I would like to applaud the efforts of our Practical Nursing faculty for nurturing the academic and career goals of our nursing students,” said Shelley Free, Superintendent at Kiamichi Tech. “This recognition is a testament to the tireless devotion the Practical Nursing team has to the healthcare profession and the work they do to prepare the next generation of nurses.” 

The Kiamichi Tech Practical Nursing program is comprised of 1508 hours of training, including a minimum of 20 hours of clinical training time each week. Upon admission to the program, students have the flexibility to enroll in its full-time and part-time daytime schedule or the part-time evening schedule based on location and preference. 

The district-wide first-time pass rate for Practical Nursing students at Kiamichi Tech taking the NCLEX-PN exam from January to September 2023 was 93.9 percent. Ninety-seven percent of those in the program received positive job placement after graduation, with the average wage of graduates at $23 per hour in 2022-2023. Many students choose to continue their education with additional nursing degrees, such as a Registered Nursing degree or Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  

The Practical Nursing program will begin accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year in early January. Learn more about the program and apply at or visit the Kiamichi Tech - Practical Nursing Facebook page.