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Approximately 42% of Nursing Programs Had Licensure Exam Passage Rates Below the Required Legislative Standard in 2015, Report No. 16-05, July 2016
 
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  • Approximately 42% of Florida nursing education programs that had graduates taking the licensure exam had passage rates that were 10% or more below the national average in 2015. This is an increase from 36% in 2014. Most of the nursing programs performing below the required passage rate were created since 2009 and are unaccredited.
  • The licensure exam passage rates in 2015 for Florida students who graduated from nursing programs varied by program type. Florida’s practical nursing and bachelor’s degree graduates performed slightly higher than their counterparts nationally. Graduates from associate’s degree programs performed significantly lower than graduates nationally.
  • Florida law requires approved nursing education programs to have a minimum graduate licensure exam passage rate. If a program’s passage rate falls 10 percentage points below the national average for two consecutive calendar years, the program is placed on probation. Associate programs accounted for 63% of 128 programs that were below the legislative standard in 2015. As of June 2016, the Board of Nursing placed 14 of the programs with low licensure exam passage rates on probation and terminated 11 of the programs.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Medical Quality Assurance
Department of Health

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 17-07 Approximately 42% of Nursing Programs Had Licensure Exam Passage Rates Below the Required Legislative Standard in 2016,published in June 2017.
  • Report No. 17-03 Review of Florida’s Nursing Education Programs, 2016,published in January 2017.
  • Report No. 16-02 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2015,published in January 2016.
  • Report No. 15-07 Over One-Third of Nursing Programs Had Licensure Exam Passage Rates Below the Required Legislative Standard in 2014,published in July 2015.
  • Report No. 15-07
  • Report No. 15-04 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2014 (Revised August 2015),published in January 2015.
  • Report No. 14-10 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2012-13,published in May 2014.
  • Report No. 14-03 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2013, While Licensure Exams Passage Rates of New Programs Declined,published in January 2014.
  • Report No. 13-03 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2012 with Increases in Program Capacity, Student Enrollment, and Graduates,published in January 2013.
  • Report No. 12-04 Florida’s Nursing Education Programs Continued to Expand in 2011 with Significant Increases in Student Enrollment and Graduates,published in January 2012.
  • Report No. 11-06 Board of Nursing Addressed Statutory Changes; Nursing Program Capacity Expanded in 2009-10,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 10-14 Since Implementing Statutory Changes, the State Board of Nursing Has Approved More Nursing Programs; the Legislature Should Address Implementation Issues,published in January 2010.

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