One way to evaluate the effectiveness of a nursing program is the first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN. This information is posted on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing website.
The statistics for Northeastern's first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate, as posted on the Massachusetts BON site from 2001 thourhg 2005 is as follows:
2001, rank 17 (out of 39 schools
) first time pass rate, 86.30%
2002, rank 20 (out of 37 schools) first time pass rate, 87.4%
2003, rank 27 (out of 37 schools) first time pass rate, 83.8%
2004, rank 33 (out of 37 schools) first time pass rate, 77%
2005, rank 29 (out of 37 schools) first time pass rate, 79%
The less than 80% first time NCLEX-RN pass rate is of concern, and the program will be required by the Massachusetts BON to assesss why this has happend and develop a sound plan to correct the situation.
As a potential student in the program you should be concerned about the low NCLEX-RN pass rate, but you should investigate for yourself (as you are doing) what the nursing program is doing to improve the nursing curriculum so that the graduates fair better on the licensure exam. I would suggest that you contact the program directly seeking both information on the program and inquire about their plans to correct the low NCLEX-RN pass rate.
Hopefully someone more directly involved with the Northeastern nursing program will post a reply to your questions and give you first hand information about the nursing program. I've not had recent experience with Northeastern students or graduates, but did work with a co-op student a number of years ago, and found her to be well prepared academically and clinically for her experience on a busy medical-surgical nursing unit. The nursing program has a good history, so my sense is they are working hard to improve the program.