I'm sure I've seen an older spreadsheet somewhere with all AZ school results, but I can't located it now. I did find an incomplete list from this AZ BON news release and Arizona schools are doing very well in relation to the NCLEX-RN national average. http://www.azbn.org/News.asp?id=12
ARIZONA STATE BOARD OF NURSING
PHOENIX: The statewide first-time passing rate on the national licensure exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN®) for the second quarter, 2004 was the highest in the United States excluding the territories. At 93.61%, the pass rate for Arizona nursing programs graduates represents 425 (out of 454) graduates of Arizona community college and university nursing programs who passed the exam on the first attempt. This was only exceeded by Northern Mariana Islands, where one candidate took and passed the exam resulting in a 100% pass rate. The national passing rate for the same period was 88.45%. Kathy Malloch Ph.D. RN, Vice President of the Arizona State Board of Nursing and Chairperson of the Education Committee, expressed support and congratulations to all the nursing programs in Arizona for this remarkable achievement.
Just two years ago, the Board was concerned over low NCLEX pass rates posted by Arizona nursing programs and held a statewide meeting to discuss the issue with program representatives. At that meeting, the programs were asked to identify factors leading to success or failure on the exam and present a plan to improve scores. Following the meeting, based on the information shared, several programs instituted measures designed to improve a graduate’s success on the exam. Steps taken by the programs include requiring program applicants to pass tests of competency in reading and math, requiring high scores on national predictor exams, and instituting high standards for entrance and progression within the nursing program. Additionally, the Board indicated that all nursing programs should strive for a 90% pass rate on the NCLEX examination.
The NCLEX-RN competency examination test is required for nursing licensure in all states. The exam is computer adapted and based on a job analysis of entry-level registered nurses. The passing standard is assessed every three years. Board of Nursing Education Consultant, Pamela Randolph stated, “the high pass rates of Arizona programs are even more significant because the passing standard for the exam was raised on April first of this year.” Because of the trends seen in the past when the passing standard was raised, the Board expected the passing rate to decrease. The Board does not grant licensure to applicants who do not take and pass the NCLEX examination.
Individual programs that posted very high passing rates include: Arizona Western College 96%, Central Arizona College 100%, The Maricopa District Community College Nursing Program 99%, Mohave Community College 100%, Northern Arizona University 100%, Northland Pioneer College 100%, and Yavapai College 98%
Board President, Alice Gagnaire RN, MHSA stated, “These test scores are a real testament to the quality of nursing programs offered in the state of Arizona. With the national and state nursing shortage, having nurses successfully pass the exam the first time around is vital to patient care. We will be able to place more nurses into the healthcare facilities to care for the patients. Congratulations to the nursing programs for all their hard work and accomplishments. Congratulations to all the new nurses.”