Quote from floridanurse2b
What would a school do or not do that would affect the pass rates of their students?
1. The admissions criteria are more strict at some schools than at others. The average SAT score, ability to pass standardized tests, etc. are all factors in the NCLEX pass rate.
2. Some schools set higher performance standards than others -- and flunk people out who can't meet those standards. Other schools "pass people along" even though their level of performance is below that required to pass NCLEX (or be a good practicing nurse.)
3. Some schools "teach to the test" more than other schools. Some school gear all of the classes around passing the NCLEX while other schools focus on providing a good education in a more general sense. That's a common (but not universal) difference between lots of ADN programs and BSN programs.
So ... when you are considering different schools, you need to look at all of those things and not just any one thing. One school may have a very high NCLEX pass rate -- but it is because they flunked out 50% of their entering students. Only those who proved they could pass the NCLEX on the first try were aloud to graduate. Another school may have a high pass rate because they only accepted students who had exceptionally high standardized test scores (e.g. SAT), showing that they would perform well on standardized tests. Yet another school may have a high pass rate because they offer special programs, tutoring, etc. to help the students pass.
Another school may have a relatively low pass rate because they don't focus on taking the test as a major feature of their program. They focus on graduating a nurse with well-rounded education -- who might need 2 tries to pass the exam, but who will be a good nurse in the long run and perhaps better prepared to adapt to changing conditions in society over the years.
It's really a very complicated issue and you should look for the program that fits your needs best. It might (but might not) be the one with the highest pass rate. If you know going in that the pass rate is not great, you can take steps on your own to improve your chances of passing on the first try.