I seem to remember a college in the LA area that had a passing rate of 35%. That com college lost their certification and another nursing jr college took over their nursing class.
There is one thing to remember. Pass rates are a good indication of quality, but that does not provide you with the retention rate of the nursing department. That is, the college will accept students, but that does not mean every student in the nursing program graduated from their program. The pass rate you are considering is based on those students who did not fail out or had left the program but on those who graduated.
For my money, I would like to see a retention/graduation rate. There is one California State Univ (city will remain secret) who accepted students. Their normal attrition was a 25% loss in the program; then in the last advance med lecture class (lecture and clinical are separate classes), the program would lose 1/3 of those remaining 75% who started the program made it that far.
Many students took the class again, but did not pass. Those students went all the way through to in the BSN program, received A's and B's but in the last quarter they failed out. However, this university has a very good pass rate. The nursing administration was not concerned that they failed 1/3 of its students in the last semester and those students could not take the NCLEX because they had not graduated.
So compare pass rates but reealize what the statistics represent.