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“They had a 98 percent (NCLEX) pass rate and that really impressed me,” Varela said of her decision to transfer to Nashua Community College

Allison (Lanza) Varela liked going to school in Florida, but she liked the idea of being in a good nursing program even better. That’s what ultimately led the Jaffrey native to transfer from a four-year school to Nashua Community College. Varela was not satisfied with the nursing program of the school she was attending in Florida and started looking around for other programs during the spring break of her freshman year. She didn’t have to look far. The program she found was not far from home.

“They had a 98 percent (NCLEX) pass rate and that really impressed me,” Varela said of her decision to transfer to Nashua Community College.
Varela graduated from NCC’s nursing program two years ago and is currently a research nurse for a worldwide pharmaceutical company. She is also working on a master’s degree in public health at Rivier College.

She works on research and development for Otsuka as well as being a protocol review administrator. Her long term goal is to be a clinical nurse in pediatric gastrointestinal radiology.