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Approximately 42% of Nursing Programs Had Licensure Exam Passage Rates Below the Required Legislative Standard in 2016, Report No. 17-07, June 2017
 
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  • The licensure exam passage rates in 2016 for Florida students who graduated from nursing programs varied by program type. Statewide, Florida’s bachelor’s degree graduates performed slightly higher than their counterparts nationally, while graduates from licensed practical nursing and associate degree programs performed lower than graduates nationally.
  • Approximately 42% of Florida nursing education programs had national licensure exam passage rates that were 10% or more below the national average in 2016. This percentage was the same (42%) in 2015. Most of the nursing programs performing below the required legislative passage rate were created since 2009 and are unaccredited.
  • If a program’s passage rate falls 10 percentage points below the national average for two consecutive calendar years, Florida law requires that the program be placed on probation. Associate programs accounted for 60% of 131 programs that were below the legislative standard in 2016.
  • As of May 2017, the Board of Nursing had placed 18 of the 131 programs with low licensure exam passage rates on probation and terminated 17 programs. An additional 43 of the programs had already closed or were planning to close voluntarily.

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What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 17-03 Review of Florida’s Nursing Education Programs, 2016,published in January 2017.
  • 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. 12-07 Supplemental Report: Florida Nursing Education Programs 2010-2011,published in May 2012.
  • 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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