How to Pick a Good Nursing School

How to Pick a Good Nursing School

Once you complete nursing school, you must pass the NCLEX exam. Hopefully you’ll pass the first time you take it. I recommend picking a nursing school that has a high first time NCLEX pass rate. Every 4 years the NCLEX changes its content and questions so the new cycle may have lower pass rates. You can find the 2013-2017 NCLEX pass rates here. You’ll also see how many students attended each school.

For NYU, these are the 2008-2012 NCLEX first time pass rates. Compare other New York State nursing schools there.

2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
New York University 89.6%


Posted in Nursing, NYU.
  • Kim

    What do you think about Pace University in New York? 100% for two students? You can’t really get much information from that :

    • Hi Kim, I agree with you. I heard Pace tends to weed students by making the first and second semester super tough but I do work with some Pace grads. I believe they have two campuses and they alternate depending on the starting semester.

      • mia

        What feedback has your coworkers who are Pace graduates given About there overall experience at Pace

        • Hi Mia,
          I’ve heard that it’s extremely tough during the first semester to ‘weed’ students out but other than that, it’s a good school.

  • Nina

    Do you know about SUNY downstate?

    • I personally don’t know much about SUNY Downstate.

  • Sheryl

    Hey Jess!I am a senior in high school who plans on majoring in Nursing and I am still contemplating between Drexel University and Pace University. I did not visit Pace (I should’ve) but I did go on a campus tour at DU. I love everything about Drexel! But the major downfall is that I will be about 60K+ in debt by the time I graduate. If I were to go to Pace, I would graduate debt free. I checked out the online tour of the Pace campus, it’s not bad. It would be great if you gave an input on this. I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

    • Hi Sheryl,
      I would go to the school where you graduate debt free so you won’t have student loans until your 30s!! The program may be tough (but what nursing school isn’t?) but it’s NYC and I don’t think you’ll regret it. If you live in Philadelphia, maybe it’s a good idea to take a amtrak train or bus to ‘the city’ and check it out. Good luck. Whatever you choose, you’ll come out with a RN and ability to practice anywhere. You’ve chosen a great field! 🙂

      • Sheryl

        Thanks so much for your advice! You are a true inspiration!