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Report: Nearly Half Of Nursing Programs Underachieving

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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The Florida Channel

Legislative researchers have found nearly half of the state’s nursing programs are underperforming.  But Tallahassee area programs are in the clear.

State law punishes nursing programs if their passage rates fall more than percent below the national average for two years running.  In 2014, thirty six percent of programs missed the mark.  The newest reporting shows 42 percent of schools are underachieving.  Legislative researchers say most of those programs are new and unaccredited.  But nursing programs at Tallahassee Community College, Florida State University and Florida A&M University are all surpassing the state mandated cut off.

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Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.