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UT Ranked a No. 1 Nursing Program

Published: December 08, 2010
 Last spring The University of Tampa announced 100 percent of the 2009 class of nursing graduates passed their licensing exams on the first try.

This fall, the governing board, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), named UT a No. 1 nursing program in the country based on its exam passing rate.

UT was listed a No. 1 out of 1,686 programs nationwide and 63 programs in Florida. UT was one of only two Florida schools with a 100 percent first-time taker passage rate for 2009 graduates. The national average rate of passage for first-time exam takers is 90 percent.

According to the NCSBN the rankings are based on the percentage of graduates passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) compared to other programs with at least 10 graduates who took the examination during the same reporting period. All nursing programs with the same percentage of graduates passing the NCLEX-RN examination have the same rank.

“This is a great accomplishment for a relatively new program,” said Maria Warda, professor of nursing and chair of the department.

Warda said the program’s rigorous structure, its dedicated faculty and students’ ability to gain real-world experience at more than 100 area health care facilities all contribute to the high passing rate on the exam.

The NCSBN administers the NCLEX-RN used by its 60 member boards to test the entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure as registered nurses.

Although UT has offered the RN to BSN and the RN to BSN/Master of Science in Nursing degrees for many years, its first class of graduates for the four-year BSN program was 2006. The four-year BSN program is designed generally for students without nursing college credit. The first-time passing rate of UT BSN graduates has steadily improved over the four years, Warda said.

UT’s nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. National accreditation establishes that all of the nursing programs offered at UT meet national standards in curriculum, quality and preparation of faculty, teaching and learning resources, and achievement of established learning outcomes.

For more information, contact Warda at (813) 253-6223, or via e-mail at .