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):
2019 Exam Year: 82% Passage Rate (n=120)
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):
2019 Exam Year: 59% Passage Rate (n=32)
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):
2019 Exam Year: 77% Passage Rate (n=152)
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):
2019 Exam Year: 92.9% Passage Rate (n=28)
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)
2019 Exam Year: 91.3% Passage rate (n=23)
2018 Exam Year: 100% Passage rate (n=11)
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 2019, the CDU Alumni Association surveyed 161 alumni who graduated in 2015-2018, and asked a number of questions relevant to the success of CDU’s educational programs.

  • 94% 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.
  • 83% of respondents reported they would recommend attending CDU to friends or family.

Retention and Graduation Rates
Elapsed Time to Graduation (in Years, 2014-2019 graduating cohorts onward)

Graduate  Program Graduation Rate (in of Program Length)by  Entry Year

Full-time Undergraduate Graduation Rate

First-time, Full-time, Fall Entry Undergraduate Graduation Rate

Overall  Full-time Undergraduate Retention Rate to Second Year

Overall  Full-time Undergraduate Retention Rate to Second Year