Student Success and Progress
As a comprehensive health professions school, the majority of our graduates are required to pass national licensing examinations in order to practice in the state of California. This is a critical measure of our students’ success.
Board Exam Passage Rates on First Attempt by Calendar Year
Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam, MSN Rate (AANPCP):
2018 Exam Year: 79% Passage Rate (n=133)
2017 Exam Year: 68% Passage Rate (n=103)
2016 Exam Year: 81% Passage Rate (n=118)
Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam, Post-Master’s Rate (AANPCP):
2018 Exam Year: 62% Passage Rate (n=34)
2017 Exam Year: 47% Passage Rate (n=17)
2016 Exam Year: 68% Passage Rate (n=34)
Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam, Aggregate Rate (AANPCP):
2018 Exam Year: 75% Passage Rate (n=167)
2017 Exam Year: 65% Passage Rate (n=120)
2016 Exam Year: 78% Passage Rate (n=152)
2015 Exam Year: 79% Passage Rate (n=131)
2014 Exam Year: 84% Passage Rate (n=135)
2013 Exam Year: 91% Passage Rate (n=126)
2012 Exam Year: 97% Passage Rate (n=111)
Nursing Licensing Exam (NCLEX) (ELM students only):
2018 Exam Year: 86.5% Passage Rate (n=37)
2017 Exam Year: 82.0% Passage Rate (n=61)
2016 Exam Year: 78.2% Passage Rate (n=55)
2015 Exam Year: 54.7% Passage Rate (n=64)
2014 Exam Year: 50.0% Passage Rate (n=66)
2013 Exam Year: 54.5% Passage Rate (n=55)
2012 Exam Year: 100.0% Passage Rate (n=16)
Radiologic Technology (ARRT- Radiography)
2018 Exam Year: 91.7% Passage Rate (n=12)
2017 Exam Year: 52.6% Passage Rate (n=19)
2016 Exam Year: 70.0% Passage Rate (n=20)
2015 Exam Year: 77.3% Passage Rate (n=22)
2014 Exam Year: 81.3% Passage Rate (n=16)
2013 Exam Year: 52.2% Passage Rate (n=23)
2012 Exam Year: 81.3% Passage Rate (n=16)
2011 Exam Year: 90.0% Passage Rate (n=20)
2010 Exam Year: 85.7% Passage Rate (n=21)
Post Graduation Outcomes:
In Spring 2018, the CDU Alumni Association surveyed 182 alumni who graduated in 2014-2017, and asked a number of questions relevant to the success of CDU’s educational programs.
95% of respondents reported being employed, not employed by choice, retired, or currently enrolled in a graduate education program.
88% of respondents reported that they are living/serving the CDU Mission.
86% of respondents reported they would recommend attending CDU to friends or family.
Gainful Employment Disclosure Employment Rate:
Employment rate for graduates (AY 2016-2017) one year after graduation, employed only in California, utilizing data from the California Employment Development Department.
• Post-Masters Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner: 85.7%, with a median salary of $118,461
Note: Graduates employed in other states are not captured in this figure, so this figure is lower than the actual employment rate for graduates.
Retention and Graduation Rates
Elapsed Time to Graduation (in Years, 2013 graduating cohorts onward)
Graduation Rate for Graduate Students (in less than 150% of program length)