Nursing programs from 1,441 institutions accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) were surveyed. These institutions include colleges, universities, hospitals, community colleges and technical schools. Data was collected from the U.S. Department of Education (downloaded via ed.gov), the NLNAC, the CCNE, institution websites, state boards of nursing, email correspondence and in some cases contact by telephone.

Most of the institutions contacted for the survey were responsive. The institutions that did not respond generally published most of the information we sought publicly via the web. Because the NCSBN does not report NCLEX pass rates for individual schools of nursing, we obtained this data from institutions and state boards of nursing.

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Our software developer created custom software to merge program data from various sources. This software was responsible for flagging inconsistencies for further research.

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