Help please! Need NJ NCLEX passing rates by school

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    Hello!

    I have looked everywhere for the New Jersey passing rates on the NCLEX and can not find them anywhere. I looked on other posts but the links that were provided must have been older ones because they do not work anymore. I also checked the NJ nursing site and only found the nursing schools in NJ, but not their passing rate.

    I am a senior in high school trying to figure out what school has the best program in NJ out of Ramapo College, William Patterson University, and Rutgers University.

    If anyone has an idea where to find the NJ passing rates on those 3 schools i will be SO grateful!!!

    -Amanda
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    Just my opinion, but I would be more concerned with the school's retention rate then the NCLEX passing rate. Don't get me wrong, that number is important too. If a school's NCLEX passing rate is consistantly low, they are at risk of loosing their accreditation, leaving their students SOL. However, if a school is advertising a 100% NCLEX passing rate, but only gradutate 15 of the original 60 students that they started with, does that really leave you with a lot of confidence?

    Think about it this way: If you went to a school with only an 85% NCLEX pass rate, but an excellent retention rate, would you feel pretty confident that out of those 85% of graduating students you would be one of the ones passing the NCLEX the first time around? And if not, you still get the opportunity to take it again. Now consider a school with a 100% NCLEX pass rate, but a 25% retention rate. If you class started with 60 students, but only 15 made it to graduation, do you feel equally as confident that you would be one of the 15? Something to consider. Sorry I couldn't directly answer your question though!
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    Have you tried asking the nursing department at the schools themselves? When I was applying to Christ Hospital School of nursing and Bayonne Hospital SON here in NJ, they were very open about their NCLEX pass rates (both something like 98% on first attempt).
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    Quote from tfleuter
    Just my opinion, but I would be more concerned with the school's retention rate then the NCLEX passing rate. Don't get me wrong, that number is important too. If a school's NCLEX passing rate is consistantly low, they are at risk of loosing their accreditation, leaving their students SOL. However, if a school is advertising a 100% NCLEX passing rate, but only gradutate 15 of the original 60 students that they started with, does that really leave you with a lot of confidence?

    Think about it this way: If you went to a school with only an 85% NCLEX pass rate, but an excellent retention rate, would you feel pretty confident that out of those 85% of graduating students you would be one of the ones passing the NCLEX the first time around? And if not, you still get the opportunity to take it again. Now consider a school with a 100% NCLEX pass rate, but a 25% retention rate. If you class started with 60 students, but only 15 made it to graduation, do you feel equally as confident that you would be one of the 15? Something to consider. Sorry I couldn't directly answer your question though!
    That is a great point that you bring up, I really hadn't thought about that before! Would you have to contact the schools itself to find out that info? I don't know how willing they would be to give it out, since they probably aren't too happy that they have lost students from the program..

    -Amanda
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    Quote from Alalfrey92
    That is a great point that you bring up, I really hadn't thought about that before! Would you have to contact the schools itself to find out that info? I don't know how willing they would be to give it out, since they probably aren't too happy that they have lost students from the program..

    -Amanda

    It can be difficult information to find out. I recommend asking, "How many students do you accept into the program each year?" ... and then at a different time, "How many students graduated from the program over the last few years? How big is your program?" If you get an estimate of how many start the program and how many finish, that gives you a clue.

    I also recommend talking to some recent graduates to ask them how many students either dropped out or flunked out of the program that started with them.

    A lot of students don't think to ask these kinds of questions. They only look at that pass rate -- which can be manipulated by a school who flunks out students late in the program who look like they might not pass the NCLEX. In fact, at least one state is considering posting the student retention rate online along with the NCLEX passing rate so that prospective students can get a clear picture of the whole situation.

    Not being in New Jersey, I don't have any specific information on those particular schools. But I commend you on doing your research before making such a big investment and wish you the best of luck wherever you decide to go.
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    Does anyone know where I can find NJ NCLEX passing rate by each school???!!
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    My Board of Nursing in my state publishes this information on their website. The pass rates are one way the BON has of determining if the school is doing their job, which is regulated by the state.
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    All of the information you are wondering about is public. I know that before applying to nursing schools in Kansas I got on to the KSBN's website (this is the state's board of nursing, & licensing agency and they also grant school's the ability to even be an accredited program). So what I would do is to look for your state's board of nursing and hunt around on their website to see what the numbers are for the school(s) you are thinking of applying to. One thing that helped me decide on the college I am at now is that they have almost a 96% NCLEX pass rate & the 2nd highest in the state!


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