These Southern FNP Programs Have a 100% Certification Pass Rate

Alright, we’re wrapping up our series on family nurse practitioner programs boasting a 100% passing rate on the national certification exam. Why have we spent so much time featuring these schools? If you’re interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, part of that process will be passing a national certification exam. The quality of the education you receive in your NP program influences how likely you are to pass this all important test.

One thing I always recommend to aspiring NPs is that they ask schools of interest about the percentage of graduates that pass this exam on the first attempt. It can be difficult to judge the quality of a school based on their website and perhaps a phone interview alone. Fortunately, statistics about the percentage of students passing the national certification exam give insight into a school’s quality. 

So, if you’re looking for a nurse practitioner program in the South, these four schools feature a 100% certification pass rate for family nurse practitioner grads.

Bellarmine University

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Louisville, KY

Consistently ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities, Bellarmine University is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that is recognized as a premier independent Catholic university in the south. Aspiring nurse practitioners at the school of nursing can earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as little as five years. The program routinely exceeds the state and national averages on the NP certification exams and for the second year in a row, had a 100% pass rate.

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Belmont University is a private Christian university conveniently located just two miles from downtown Nashville, which has become a dynamic and vibrant hub for not only music and tourism but healthcare as well. The graduate nursing program offers a challenging curriculum for both MSN and DNP students, as well as a post-graduate program for students who desire an additional specialty certification as an FNP. From small classes to individualized faculty attention and skilled clinical preceptors, it’s no wonder that the FNP program has had a 100% pass rate for thirteen consecutive years!

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

Ranked among the nation’s top 50 graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report, the master’s nursing program at VCU provides a world-class learning experience that prepares its students to become leaders in advanced practice nursing. FNP students can choose from a two year or three year program of study. The program has had a consistent pass rate of 100% for the last two years.

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon, WV

The FNP program at West Virginia Wesleyan College offers BSN prepared nurses the unique opportunity to earn a master’s degree via its DNP degree program by giving students the option to exit the program after completing the requirements for the MSN degree and sit for the certification exam or they may continue on toward the DNP degree if they so choose. The graduating FNP class of 2017 had a 100% pass rate on the certification exams.


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