The Florida Legislature
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Review of Florida’s Nursing Education Programs, 2016, Report No. 17-03, January 2017
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To address the nursing shortage in Florida, the 2009 Legislature modified how the Board of Nursing oversees nursing education programs. The intent of these modifications was to increase the number of nursing programs and qualified nurses in Florida.
Since the legislation took effect in July 2009, the number of nursing education programs has increased by 105%. Over time, not all programs have been able to meet the minimum average graduate licensure passage rate specified by law and some have been put on probation or terminated. These closures led to reductions between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.
- The number of nursing student seats decreased by 16%.
- Enrollment in nursing programs decreased by 15%, with the greatest student decrease occurring in associate degree in nursing bridge programs.
- Nursing program retention rates increased 2%.
- The number of students graduating from nursing programs decreased by 12%.
To ensure program quality the law also requires that nursing education programs become accredited within five years of enrolling students; as of December 2016, 93 programs have achieved accreditation.
Most 2013-14 practical nursing program graduates (67%), associate degree graduates (80%), and bachelor’s degree graduates (85%) were licensed and likely employed as a nurse in Florida in 2015.
Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?
Medical Quality Assurance
Department of Health
What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?
- Report No. 16-05 Approximately 42% of Nursing Programs Had Licensure Exam Passage Rates Below the Required Legislative Standard in 2015,published in July 2016.
- 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. 15-04 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. 13-09 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs
2011-12,published in June 2013.
- 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. 11-18 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2009-10,published in May 2011.
- 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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