Some private schools, like Keiser University, do exceptionally well, with a 90% success rate on the nursing exam.
The State Board of Nursing earlier this month began cracking down on schools and programs that haven’t met a state mandate which required all programs to become nationally accredited.
In total, 25 programs are in the process of being terminated because they did not meet the July 1 deadline. All of the programs were private, for-profit and opened since 2009 after the state relaxed the Board of Nursing’s requirements for opening a new school.
Many had a high percentage of graduates who could not pass the state exam that would allow them to care for patients.
The Florida Nurses Association, an advocacy group for nurses and patients has long supported such a move. Willa Fuller, the nonprofit’s executive director, is hopeful that with fewer lower-performing registered nursing programs, it will leave more room for better-performing schools to grow.