ATLANTA—Nurse practitioner students in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University have exceeded the average national pass rate on recent Advanced Practice Nursing national certification examinations that test practitioners on their competency, knowledge and expertise in their chosen specialty.
Two nursing boards oversee the certification exams taken by Georgia State’s nurse practitioner graduates. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board reported the pass rates for adult-gerontology nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner at 100 percent and 95 percent, respectively. Post-graduate certificate nurse practitioners earned a 100 percent pass rate in both specialties. The American Nurses Credentialing Center oversees certification exams for nurse practitioners in informatics in nursing and psychiatric mental health, with graduates in both Georgia State programs earning a 100 percent pass rate.
National averages for nurse practitioner certification exams in adult-gerontology, family and psychiatric mental health specialties are 82 percent, 85 percent and 88.5 percent, respectively, for 2018.
“The School of Nursing is committed to producing the best-prepared nurse practitioners,” said Regena Spratling, associate dean and chief nursing academic officer. “We are proud that by maintaining a high pass rate on advanced practice nurse national certification exams, we continue to graduate top nurse practitioners.”