Opinions please!

  1. I am looking at potential nursing schools and I have a question that I would like to
    ask of those who have either taken or are preparing to take the NCLEX.

    Would you consider applying to a nursing school that has a 79-80% pass rate on the
    NCLEX?

    I went to an Open House at the school and I really liked the staff and spoke honestly with the current students. They all said that it was an extremely hard curriculum and
    that you get out of it what you are willing to put into it. I guess that would be the case with any nursing school....
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   RNIAM
    Have you looked at any other places? My school had a very high passing rate on the boards. that is one of the reasons I chose it. I might consider it but I think I would look around a little first.
  4. by   alexillytom
    Quote from RNIAM
    Have you looked at any other places? My school had a very high passing rate on the boards. that is one of the reasons I chose it. I might consider it but I think I would look around a little first.

    This isn't my first choice. I am actually on the waiting list at my school of choice but
    am pretty sure that I will not be called up. I don't want to keep waiting around to start
    my nursing education, so I am exploring all of my options. Thanks.
  5. by   will7678
    Quote from alexillytom
    This isn't my first choice. I am actually on the waiting list at my school of choice but
    am pretty sure that I will not be called up. I don't want to keep waiting around to start
    my nursing education, so I am exploring all of my options. Thanks.
    That does sound a little low. I am not sure what the averages are but the community college I am going to (not in the nursing program yet) has a pass rate in the low 90's. Then again maybe that is why they have such a long wait list.
  6. by   MyReign1
    I would consider it. My school has a pretty good pass rate, but that wasn't my main reason for going. If it had a 80% I would have still chosen this school. I don't look at percentages, I know me. I know I can pass any test that is put in front of me. If you are a good test taker go for it. Study study study for the NCLEX. If you're not the best test taker then maybe this school isn't for you. But I think I would really consider it rather than putting off school for a few years. Good luck, don't let it scare you away if you like everything else about!!
  7. by   alexillytom
    Quote from MyReign1
    I would consider it. My school has a pretty good pass rate, but that wasn't my main reason for going. If it had a 80% I would have still chosen this school. I don't look at percentages, I know me. I know I can pass any test that is put in front of me. If you are a good test taker go for it. Study study study for the NCLEX. If you're not the best test taker then maybe this school isn't for you. But I think I would really consider it rather than putting off school for a few years. Good luck, don't let it scare you away if you like everything else about!!
    That is my thought pattern also but I didn't want to come off as being arrogant. Since returning to school, I have proven to be a very good student. I study very hard and have a pretty nice gpa. As for tests, I have never haven a problem. I am actually very good at taking tests. I truly believe I can be successful at this or any program.

    I don't want to make a decision out of desperation. I just don't think I can wait another year to start. I also think my husband, kids, and puppy are tired of hearing me whine about school. I just want to start.
  8. by   bluesky
    I'm sure this may not be new news however, the NCLEX is a test UNLIKE any you will experience in school. Some schools give you more NCLEX-like questions on their exams than others but don't let that fool you. That said, you can get an excellent preparation for the NCLEX through an NCLEX prep class such as Kaplan, so I really wouldn't make the NCLEX pass rate your only criterion for selection of schools. For example in my area, a certain community college in the suburbs has the highest pass rate (100% actually), but the clinical options are sub optimal (no big teaching hospitals, etc). Other, larger institutions with lower pass rates have national ranking, more resources and better clinical placements but less personalized TLC. So I guess what I'm trying to say, in a rather long winded kind of way, is, determine what the (say) top 5 most important characteristics are to you, and then pick the school that posesses the most. Just my .02 cents and then some. And sorry about the poor grammar... my brain is fried on NCLEX studying.
  9. by   alexillytom
    Quote from bluesky
    I'm sure this may not be new news however, the NCLEX is a test UNLIKE any you will experience in school. Some schools give you more NCLEX-like questions on their exams than others but don't let that fool you. That said, you can get an excellent preparation for the NCLEX through an NCLEX prep class such as Kaplan, so I really wouldn't make the NCLEX pass rate your only criterion for selection of schools. For example in my area, a certain community college in the suburbs has the highest pass rate (100% actually), but the clinical options are sub optimal (no big teaching hospitals, etc). Other, larger institutions with lower pass rates have national ranking, more resources and better clinical placements but less personalized TLC. So I guess what I'm trying to say, in a rather long winded kind of way, is, determine what the (say) top 5 most important characteristics are to you, and then pick the school that posesses the most. Just my .02 cents and then some. And sorry about the poor grammar... my brain is fried on NCLEX studying.
    Thank you. I hope I didn't imply that the NCLEX would be a piece of cake. I know that sometimes I ramble and I don't want to come accross as cocky. Especially since I have not even started nursing school yet or even looked at an NCLEX question. I meant to say that I believe I will pass it because I am willing to do whatever I have to. I will kick my kids out(they can come back after I am done), divorce my husband, muzzle my dog, and study until my eyes bleed. I am just determined to get started.
    As for the school, they do offer an NCLEX review class at the end of the senior year.
    It is included in the tuition but is optional. I wonder how many students, who took the review class, actually passed. The students seemed to think their was a lot of support being offered so if one did happen to struggle they just had to take advantage of the resources and put in a lot of extra effort. Now I am stressing. Do I sound arrogant or cocky?
    Last edit by alexillytom on Jul 1, '04
  10. by   bluesky
    Quote from alexillytom
    Thank you. I hope I didn't imply that the NCLEX would be a piece of cake. I know that sometimes I ramble and I don't want to come accross as cocky. Especially since I have not even started nursing school yet or even looked at an NCLEX question. I meant to say that I believe I will pass it because I am willing to do whatever I have to. I will kick my kids out(they can come back after I am done), divorce my husband, muzzle my dog, and study until my eyes bleed. I am just determined to get started.
    As for the school, they do offer an NCLEX review class at the end of the senior year.
    It is included in the tuition but is optional. I wonder how many students, who took the review class, actually passed. The students seemed to think their was a lot of support being offered so if one did happen to struggle they just had to take advantage of the resources and put in a lot of extra effort. Now I am stressing. Do I sound arrogant or cocky?
    Please don't stress... I think I was more reacting to the notion that there is a heavy connection between GPA and the NCLEX mostly because I myself am someone who has always done well academically but for whom the NCLEX style questions are not coming easy. My problem was that I found nursing school to be soooo much easier than my previous degree that I did the minimum amount of work to get a good grade. So, in the end, I just specialized in figuring out the test style, but not really learning the material. This was very amusing to me as I watched my fellow students toil over content for hours and then get lower grades than me (how's that for cocky!). Now, however, I am finding that the NCLEX *does* require nursing content knowledge despite all the critical thinking hype and I'm stuck learning ALL the nursing content I should have over the past few years. :uhoh21:

    We had a (mandatory ) class for NCLEX review through the school as well but MARK MY WORDS... only Kaplan is worth your time. So, again, I absolutely did not mean to imply that you were being cocky, in fact I appreciate your passion and commitment!
  11. by   alexillytom
    Thank you Bluesky! I will make sure to look into the Kaplan review course
    no matter which school I choose. Maybe, I'll run right out today and buy the book so I can take a look at it. I am really afraid of this whole process.
    I don't want to make a decision out of desperation. If only I had gotten accepted outright into my CC instead of this waiting list. I swear, this is more stressful than almost anything I have ever gone through.
  12. by   bluesky
    Quote from alexillytom
    Thank you Bluesky! I will make sure to look into the Kaplan review course
    no matter which school I choose. Maybe, I'll run right out today and buy the book so I can take a look at it. I am really afraid of this whole process.
    I don't want to make a decision out of desperation. If only I had gotten accepted outright into my CC instead of this waiting list. I swear, this is more stressful than almost anything I have ever gone through.
    You know if I should be so lucky as to pass the test on the first try (July 21), I would be more than willing to send you my book which does have a few notes on it but is otherwise intact!
  13. by   alexillytom
    Quote from bluesky
    You know if I should be so lucky as to pass the test on the first try (July 21), I would be more than willing to send you my book which does have a few notes on it but is otherwise intact!
    Good vibes, and well wishes being sent your way Bluesky! I know you can do it!
    I look forward to seeing your post announcing the addition of RN at the end of your
    name. Again, thanks for all of your input. I can't even begin to express how helpful
    you have been.
  14. by   purplemania
    The pass rate is not always the fault of the staff. When a local college, with a low pass rate, decided to give ENTRANCE exams, that culled out a lot of people. Now the pass rate is up because the students are all able to perform academically.

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