Nursing Education Programs FAQs


Nursing Education Programs FAQs

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Where can I find a list of all the approved and accredited pre-licensure nursing education programs in Florida?

A list of all the approved and accredited pre-licensure nursing education programs in Florida are available on website entitled Compare Florida Prelicensure Nursing Education Programs”.

What is the difference between an “approved” and an “accredited” pre-licensure nursing education program in Florida?

An “approved” nursing education program is a program for the prelicensure education of professional or practical nurses that is conducted in Florida at an educational institution that is approved and regulated under s.464.019, Florida Statutes. Approved nursing education programs are not required to be accredited; however, many programs are regionally or nationally accredited through educational or vocational accrediting agencies.

An “accredited” nursing education program, as defined by s. 464.003, Florida Statutes, is a program for the prelicensure education of professional or practical nurses that is conducted in the United States at an educational institution, whether in Florida, another state, or the District of Columbia, and that is accredited by a specialized nursing accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the United States Secretary of Education to accredit nursing education programs Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)).

Will my choice of attending one rather than the other impact my eligibility to sit for the licensing examination?

Graduates of both approved and accredited nursing education programs are eligible to apply to the Florida Board of Nursing for licensure by examination.

Accredited programs included on the Florida Board of Nursing’s comparative website are programs that have a physical presence in the state of Florida. Program status of out-of-state nursing education programs may be verified through the specific Board of Nursing that issued approval or through a national nursing accrediting body (ACEN or CCNE).

What is the significance of nursing education program NCLEX passage rates and the NCLEX National Average passage rate?

The NCLEX or National Council Licensure Examination is the national licensing examination for practical and registered nurses. Quarterly and cumulative passage rates for first time test takers are calculated and published by a contracted testing service and are made available to the Florida Board of Nursing and are posted on the website.

The NCLEX National Average passage rate is the average number of all member first time test takers for a reporting period, calculated by the National Testing Service using the test takers’ scores during the reporting period, to determine the average of the conglomerate scores.

Pursuant to s.464.019, F.S., the Florida Board of Nursing monitors these passage rates to ensure the achievement of Florida approved nursing education program graduates. Approved nursing education programs must achieve a graduate passage rate that is not lower than 10 percentage points less than the average passage rate for graduates of comparable degree programs who are United States educated, first-time test takers on the NCLEX during a calendar year. An approved nursing education program shall be placed on Approved/probationary status by the Florida Board of Nursing pursuant to s. 464.019 for failure to meet the required passage rates on the NCLEX for two consecutive calendar years.

For more information on NCLEX passage rates or to view individual Florida nursing education program NCLEX passage rates on our interactive website entitled “Compare Florida Prelicensure Nursing Education Programs”, please visit our Education and Training Programs page.

If I graduate from a nursing education program with Approved/probationary status, will I be able to sit for the NCLEX?

Yes. Graduates of nursing education programs with Approved/probationary status are eligible to apply to the Florida Board Nursing for licensure by examination.

Why is a particular nursing education program that I am interested in not coming up on my comparison search on the interactive pre-licensure nursing education program website?

The comparison search data is refreshed nightly and may not reflect information for newly approved or accredited programs. The program may also not be an approved or accredited nursing education program based in Florida. Please contact the Florida Board of Nursing at MQA_NursingEducation_Correspondence@doh.state.fl.us to confirm the nursing education program status.

What is the difference between the “Accrediting Body” and “Accreditation” categories on the nursing education program comparison website?

The “Accrediting Body” category identifies the specific accrediting agency. The “Accreditation” category indicates the status applied to each nursing education program by the Florida Board of Nursing to indicate whether the program has specialized nursing accreditation, other national or regional educational accreditation, or no accreditation. Nursing education programs may have multiple listings under both categories.

What is “Retention Rate”?

The percentage of the number of students tracked from program entry to graduation.

What is the difference between an A.D.N. program and a B.S.N. program?

Both types of these professional nursing educational programs prepare the graduate for eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse. A.D.N. or Associate Degree in Nursing programs are usually two year programs. B.S.N. or Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree programs are usually four year programs.

Where can I view the applications for approved nursing education programs submitted after July 1, 2009?

To view an application for an approved nursing education program submitted after July 1, 2009 please visit (insert link here)

Where can I view an approved nursing education program’s annual summary of compliance with s. 464.019, Florida Statutes?

To view an approved nursing education program’s annual summary of compliance with s. 464.019, Florida Statutes, please visit (insert link here)

How can I find out which nursing education programs in Florida offer courses online?

Nursing education programs may deliver course content through several venues. Please contact the nursing education program directly for this information.

How can I find out which nursing education programs in Florida are LPN-RN bridge programs?

The Florida Board of Nursing does not regulate admission criteria for nursing programs. Please contact the nursing program directly for information on advanced placement opportunities

Where can I find a list of post-licensure/graduate nursing education programs in Florida?

The Florida Board of Nursing does not regulate post-licensure nursing education programs, for example RN-BSN or other advanced nursing degrees. Please contact the Florida Department of Education for this information. www.fldoe.org.

What do I do if I have a complaint about a nursing education program in Florida?

Please send your complaint by email or letter giving the details of your complaint to:

E-mail Address: MQA_ConsumerServices@doh.state.fl.us
Mailing Address:
Florida Department of Health
Consumer Services Unit
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C75
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3275 

Where can I find the Florida law and rules related to nursing education programs?

You may view the Chapter 464, Nurse Practice Act, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 64B9, Rules of the Florida Board of Nursing, Florida Administrative Code, please visit (insert link here)

What is the process for placing programs on probation?

Beginning in 2012, approved nursing education programs that performed below the minimum standard for NCLEX passage rates for two consecutive calendar years will be placed on probation pursuant to section 464.019(6), Florida Statutes.

Nursing education programs that are placed on probation are required to disclose their probationary status in writing to the program’s students and applicants.

Pursuant to Florida law the board shall deny a program application for a new prelicensure nursing education program submitted by an educational institution if the institution has an existing program that is already on probationary status.

A program on probation has two years to meet the minimum standard for NCLEX passage rates for one of the two calendar years. NCLEX scores for the previous calendar year are released in January of each year. If a program meets the minimum standard after the first year, the program will be removed from probation. If the minimum standard is not met, the program will remain on probation for the next calendar year.   A program on probation that fails to meet the minimum standard for two consecutive years will be terminated by the Board of Nursing.