Clinical hours and program types effects on NCLEX pass rates

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Teaching and Learning In Nursing

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Clinical education is an essential portion of prelicensure clinical education. However, little is known about the relationship between clinical hours and NCLEX pass rates, or if the program type is predictive of NCLEX pass rates. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between clinical hours, program type and NCLEX pass rates. A total of 722 nursing schools were surveyed, with a final sample size of 107. Multiple linear regression analysis revealed there was no correlation between program type and NCLEX pass rates or the total number of clinical hours in a school and NCLEX pass rates. The results may reflect that both program types adequately preparing students for the NCLEX exam. Future research could be conducted to determine if the type of clinical education students receive is related to NCLEX pass rates.