What Percentage of NP Students Pass the Certification Exam? See Our NP Program Pass Rate List

After you complete your nurse practitioner degree program, in most states you will need to take a national certification exam before you are eligible to practice.  As we have mentioned in earlier posts, you should be thinking about this exam from the beginning of your nurse practitioner education as passing the exam is essential to your ability to be employed as a NP.  Which schools have the highest pass rates on the national certification exam?  We asked 200 schools for their national certification pass rates and have listed responses below.  Please note that many schools did not respond or refused to release their pass rates to us.  As a reference, on the AANP certification exam in 2011, 89.3% of FNP graduates, 80.7% of ANP graduates and 88.3% of GNP graduates passed their respective national certification exams. Interested in information for a school not listed?  Let us know and we will try to get this information for you.

34 thoughts on “What Percentage of NP Students Pass the Certification Exam? See Our NP Program Pass Rate List”

  1. Hi Maureen,

    I contacted this school and unfortunately they did not provide me with this information.  You can try contacting the director of the program you are considering and ask them directly, they may send it to you as an individual.

  2. Faculty at Concordia University Wisconsin informed me that their pass rate is “above average” and that students seeking more detailed information are encouraged to contact the school directly.

  3. Hi Shannon,

    Just heard back from Pace University and they do not track the pass rate on the national certification exam for their graduates.  Still waiting for a response from your other programs of interest.


  4. What is the pass rate for Loyola University New Orleans, East Carolina University, Lamar University Beaumont Texas, and Texas Christian University in fort worth Texas.

  5. Is it possible to find pass rates for each school’s individual program? For example, Ohio University’s online program for FNP, as compared to traditional classroom programs?

  6. Does anyone know the pass rate for Walden university for FNP, they have a new program and I think their first class graduated Feb. 2014.

  7. How about Pace University, Lehman College and Mount Saint Vincent and College of New Rochelle’s FNP pass rate, all located in New York?

  8. Hello! This is a great list, but I am a couple of years too late. Do you have a list of the NP programs and their student enrollment? I’ve noticed that some schools enroll 6 where others have big classes. I’m looking for a website but cannot find this info!

  9. What about maryville? Or walden for adult gerontology primary np program pass rates I am undecided which school to attend any input is appreciated…

  10. Walden does not give guidance on study guides or information for the test. Took it 3 times before passing and I was an honor roll student. The best source for the Acute Care Gerontology was the study guide found on AACN website although Walden did not recommend this test. I felt that Walden left me on my own to try to pass the test.

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