Requirements and interventions used by BSN programs to promote and predict NCLEX-RN success: a national study

J Prof Nurs. 2004 May-Jun;20(3):174-86. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2004.04.004.


The purposes of this study were (1) to identify specific program requirements and educational interventions used to promote National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) success among graduates of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs and (2) to determine the best predictors of NCLEX-RN success used by BSN nursing programs. This descriptive correlational study used the survey method for data collection. Participants were recruited from 513 generic BSN programs. One hundred sixty usable responses were received for a response rate of 31.2 percent. This is the only recent national study of variables associated with NCLEX-RN success that could be found in the literature; therefore, it addresses a gap in the literature. Significant findings related to NCLEX passing rates included (1) the use of standardized entrance exams and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores for admission criteria, (2) National League for Nursing (NLN) content at-risk scores for mental health and community health nursing for progression, (3) clinical proficiency and use of exit examinations as graduation requirements, (4) commercial reviews as an intervention, and (5) percent White as a demographic variable. Additionally, the findings support the use of standardized entrance examinations and content area examinations to assess readiness for NCLEX.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Data Collection
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate*
  • Educational Measurement*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Licensure, Nursing*
  • Male
  • School Admission Criteria
  • Teaching / methods*
  • United States