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The NCLEX-RN® Pass Rates for 2022

Osmosis Team
Published on Jun 23, 2022. Updated on Jun 23, 2022.

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®), administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), is the exam that aspiring nurses must pass to apply for licensure in a state board of nursing. Passing the NCLEX-RN is one of the final steps in becoming a registered nurse and obtaining nursing employment in the United States. 

You can download and read the Ultimate Guide to the NCLEX-RN for more information.

For each quarter of the year, the NCSBN releases statistics about the NCLEX pass rates, which show the number of candidates taking the NCLEX and the passing percentage broken down by the type of candidates (by educational degree level, if U.S.-educated or internationally educated, and if first-time or repeat candidates).

According to the NCSBN, the number of people passing the NCLEX (“pass rate”) indicates how many new nurses are entering the nursing profession in the United States. A total of 75,650 candidates took the NCLEX-RN in the first quarter of 2022.

For U.S.-educated Candidates

The recently published NCLEX statistics for the first quarter of 2022 by the NCSBN show that the overall number of U.S.-educated NCLEX-RN candidates increased from 58,148 to 63,836 compared to the same period last year. However, there was a decreased passing percentage from 77.19% to 74.39%.

Osmosis graph showing increase in first-time test takers.

The number of first-time U.S.-educated candidates increased from 47,461 to 51,057. However, the passing percentage decreased from 84.83% to 82.44%. The passing rate for educational degree levels also shows a decline for baccalaureate degree candidates (88.09% to 85.59%) and associate degree candidates (81.73% to 79.23%).

Furthermore, the number of repeat U.S.-educated candidates increased from 10,687 to 12,779, while the passing percentage decreased from 43.24% to 42.21%.

For internationally-educated Candidates

The number of internationally-educated NCLEX-RN candidates increased from 7,803 in the first quarter of 2021 to 11,814 in the first quarter of 2022. The passing rate also increased from 32.03% to 38.14%.

Compared to the first quarter of 2021, the number of first-time internationally-educated candidates increased from 3,364 to 6,569. The passing percentage also increased from 42.99% to 46.64%.

Osmosis illustration of a calendar with circled exam dates.

Furthermore, the number of repeat internationally-educated candidates increased from 4,439 to 5,245 with the passing percentage increasing from 23.72% to 27.49%.

The Philippines had the most internationally-educated NCLEX candidates with 3,714 for the first quarter of 2022, followed by India with 737 candidates, and Puerto Rico with 289 candidates.

References

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). (2021)

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). (2021, December 31) 2021 NCLEX Pass Rates

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). (2022). NCLEX Quarterly Examination Statistics. 

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). (2022). 2022 NCLEX Pass Rates 

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