UT Nursing Boasts Perfect Pass Rate for Licensure Exam

Published: Feb 19, 2010
UT is one of only two nursing programs statewide to have a perfect passing rate for first-time takers.

Four years after the bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) program started at The University of Tampa, 100 percent of the most recent graduating class passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first try.

UT is one of only two Florida schools with a 100 percent first-time passage rate for 2009 graduates. There are 79 nursing programs in Florida, including BSN and associate’s degree in nursing programs. Both types of graduates take the NCLEX-RN exam. The national average of passage for first-time exam takers is approximately 90 percent.

Fifty-six UT graduates took, and passed, the comprehensive examination on the first try, according to Maria Warda, professor of nursing and chair of the department.

“This is a big thing,” Warda said. “The Florida Board of Nursing wants a high first-time pass rate, and this is a great accomplishment for a relatively new program.”

Warda said the program’s rigorous structure, its dedicated faculty and students’ ability to gain real-world experience at a large range of quality health care facilities all contributed to the high passing rate on the NCLEX-RN. The UT Department of Nursing maintains affiliations with more than 100 Tampa Bay area health care facilities.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing 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 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 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 e-mail at mwarda@ut.edu.