TAMPA — The University of Tampa recently announced that — for the fourth year in a row — 100 percent of nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first try.
UT is one of the few Florida schools with a 100 percent first-time passage rate for 2016 graduates. Graduates of all the nursing schools in Florida, which includes BSN and associate’s degree in nursing programs, take the NCLEX-RN exam. The 2016 national average of passage for first-time exam takers is approximately 85.7 percent. Florida schools have a 76.4 percent passing rate to date.
Forty-eight UT graduates took, and passed, the comprehensive examination on the first try, according to Carol Botwinski, director of the department of nursing.
Botwinski 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 contribute to the high passing rate on the NCLEX-RN. The UT Department of Nursing maintains affiliations with more than 250 Tampa Bay area health care facilities.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing administers the NCLEX-RN to test the entry-level nursing competency of candidates for licensure as registered nurses.
Although UT has offered the Master of Science in Nursing degree for many years, its first class of graduates for the four-year BSN program was 2006. The program first saw a 100 percent pass rate for the class of 2009. The four-year BSN program is designed for students without nursing college credit.
UT’s nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 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 Botwinski at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 257-3089.
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 8,300 students from 50 states and 140 countries. Approximately 65 percent of full-time students live on campus, and more than half of UT students are from Florida.