Outcomes Data

Below, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness provides up-to-date data around:


NCLEX Pass Rates 

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is the test that all state boards of nursing use to determine qualification for licensure for graduates of nursing programs. The first-time pass rate on the NCLEX is a commonly used metric of quality for nursing programs across the country, and is one metric we are required to report and share with the public.

The NCLEX Pass Rate is the percentage of first time NCLEX-RN test takers who successfully pass the test. The table below reports first-time pass rates for the University of Rochester School of Nursing, as well as the average pass for all nursing schools in New York State and nationally across the United States.

NCLEX Pass Rates 2021

Year

UR School of Nursing Pass Rates

NY State Pass Rates

U.S. Pass Rates

2017

94.05%

83.52%

90.04% 

2018

97.19%

87.42%

88.30%

2019

95.09%

NR

88.18%

2020

92.5%

69.49%

84.55%

2021

84.03%

 77.33%

 78.65%

5-Year Trend

92.57%

80.14%

87.01%


Certification Exam Pass Rates

Similar to NCLEX pass rates, certification pass rates is the percentage of first-time test takers who successfully pass a certification exam. We are required to report certification pass rates for all programs that are designed to prepare advanced practice nurses for national certification and licensure. We report numbers for certification exams for each of the specialty tracks in our nurse practitioner program. Note that some nurse practitioner specialties have exams offered by multiple certification agencies. For this reason, we report more than one pass rate for some specialties.

Certification Exam Pass Rates 2021

Specialty Area

Certification Organization

First Time Pass Rates

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

ANCC

89%

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

AACN

100%

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

ANCC

80%

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

AANPCP

100%

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

 ANCC

100%

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

AANPCP

92.3%

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

PNCB

40%

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) 

ANCC

92.3%


Employment Rates

Federal regulations and accreditation standards stipulate that we report employment rates for all academic programs. Employment rates reflect the percentage of graduates from a program who are employed in any setting within 12 months of graduating.

Employment Rates 2021

Programs 

Number of Graduates

% Employed within 12 months of graduation

Baccalaureate APNN

126

>94%

Baccalaureate RN-BS 

73

99%

Master's - Nurse Practitioner

65

97%

Master's CNL, Leadership in Health Care Systems

4

100%

Master's in Nursing Education

18

100%

Doctor of Nursing Practice

7

100%

Doctor of Philosophy

0

na


Graduation Rates

Graduation rates are the calculated percentages of students who graduate or complete their program within a specified timeframe. Each of our academic programs have a set specified timeframe for completion. The rates are calculated using a cohort model, with APNN cohorts defined by the semester in which they start, and all other program cohorts defined by a calendar year. Our accreditor, the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE) expects us to aim for a graduation rate greater than 70 percent for each program.

Graduation Rates

Program(s)

Year

APNN  (2 year graduate rate)

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 5-Year Average
95% 96% 96% 95% 98% 96%

RN-BS (6 year graduation rate)

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 5-Year Average
85% 88% 77% 80% 67% 80%

Nurse Practitioner - Master's (6 year graduation rate)

63% 77% 73% 88% 79% 74%

CNL - Master's (6 year graduation rate)

83% 83% 50% 100% 67% 65%

Leadership in Health Care Systems - Master's (6 year graduation rate)

94% 100% 91% 100% 83% 89%

Master's in Nursing Education (6 year graduation rate)

NA NA 100% 100% 89% 91%

DNP (6 year graduation rate)

60% 67% 75% 50% 67% 68%

 PhD in Nursing & Health Science (7 year graduation rate)

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 5-Year Average
50% 86% 33% 100% 50% 61%