- We use NCLEX passrate and accreditation (both programmatic and institutional) data to calculate programs ranking.
- We give the following weight to each of these ranking parameters -
- 60% to passrate,
- 30% to programmatic accreditation
- 10% to institutional accreditation
- After calculation, a program with high passrate value and accreditation will have higher rank. On the other hand a program with low passrate and no programmatic and institutional accreditation will have low rank.
- The range of the ranking is from 1 to 10 where 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest.
- If a program doesn't have all the three required ranking parameters for the current year, we don't calculate its rank. However, we show its rank from the previous year and indicate the same on the rank display box.
- We only calculate rank for entry level programs and selected mobility/bridge programs. We don't calculate rank for graduate programs.
- If a program is not fully approved (i.e. if it is "approved conditionally" or "approved provisionally" or if its approval has been withdrawn by state BON), we don't calculate its rank.
What the Ranks Mean
Please note that our programs ranking system doesn't show the full picture of any program. Its provided to help you get high level overview of programs academic quality while comparing them with one another. WE ARE NOT ENDORSING ANY PROGRAM OR ANY COLLEGE WHEN THE RANK IS VERY HIGH AND ON THE OTHER HAND WE ARE NOT SAYING THAT THE PROGRAM IS BAD WHEN ITS RANK IS VERY LOW. We are simply providing you the information you need to make your own decision.
The data used for calculating programs rank is obtained from the following sources:
- Institutional Accreditation - from department of education website
- Programmatic Accreditation - from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly know as NLNAC) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education websites
- NCLEX Passrate - from each states' board of nursing websites