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Texas 2016 NCLEX[R] pass rates higher than national average.

The NCLEX[R] examination pass rates for Texas-approved nursing education programs for the past five (5) years are provided on the Board of Nursing (BON) website ( under the Education link. The pass rates are calculated for vocational (VN) and for professional (RN: diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, and entry-level master's degree) nursing education programs based upon the examination year:

* VN examination year: January 1 through December 31

* RN examination year: October 1 through September 30

Only first-time candidates who test during the examination year are included in the pass rate. Considering only first-time candidates provides an indication of the effects of the nursing education on student success on the examination. Research has shown that graduates who take the exam within a few months after program completion are more likely to pass than those who delay taking the examination.

The Texas 2016 NCLEX-RN[R] examination pass rate for all RN programs was 87.14% (higher than the national average of 84.30%). Forty-eight RN programs in Texas had a 90% or higher pass rate. Six RN programs had a 100% pass rate.

The 2016 NCLEX-PN[R] examination pass rates will be presented to the BON members at the April 2017 meeting. Tentative information indicates that the pass rate for all VN programs in Texas will be 87.50% (higher than the national average of 83.70%). Preliminary data also indicate that 52 VN programs had a pass rate of 90% or higher, with 24 of the 52 VN programs having a pass rate of 100%.

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) seeks stakeholder feedback about communication and interaction with the BON. The BON website,, now includes a Customer Service Survey where the public may provide feedback concerning: the Texas Board of Nursing Bulletin; the BON website; the BON Facebook page; webmaster inquiries; and interactions with Customer Service personnel.

The direct link to the survey is:

A link to the survey will also be posted on the BON website from April 1, 2017 until May 30, 2017. Individuals who are unable to access the BON website and wish to obtain a copy of the survey form by mail may contact the BON by telephone at (512) 305-6842.

Data collected through the survey will be used for the Customer Service Report to be included in the agency's Strategic Plan for 2019-2023.

Survey data received will also be summarized and presented at the July 2017 quarterly BON meeting and published in the October 2017 Bulletin. For further information regarding the survey, contact Bruce Holter at (512) 305-6842.

Bulletin Readers Invited to Comment on BON Newsletter, Website, and Customer Service

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Publication:Texas Board of Nursing Bulletin
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:1U7TX
Date:Apr 1, 2017
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