Licensure & Certification


  • Accounting & MIS

Annually, the Department of Accounting & MIS purchases the CPA Examination pass rate data from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. The data are analyzed by a faculty committee, with specific attention to the 5 year trend. Comparisons are made with reference to a) Peer Institutions, b) Competitor Institutions, c) National averages. A discussion of the results with the entire Department faculty occurs during the Department Annual Retreat in August.


CPA Exam Section First time pass rate (%)
2012 2013 2014 2015
AUD 57 58 51 79
BEC 80 74 79 81
FAR 56 60 66 63
REG 62 57 57 60


  • Nursing

Outcomes data are collected on undergraduate nursing students in multiple ways. These include program completion rates, pass rate on the Registered Nurse licensure exam (NCLEX-RN), employment rates within one year of graduation, satisfaction with the program and employer surveys. These data are collected annually as part of the accreditation requirements by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Once students take the NCLEX-RN exam, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) sends results to the School of Nursing. Outcomes measures, maintained on every student indicate that the School of Nursing exceeds the national benchmark for program completion rates and NCLEX-RN pass rates. In addition, the employment rates within one year of graduation exceeds 99%. Program satisfaction is measured using Educational Benchmark, Inc. (EBI) surveys sent to new graduates and alumni (1 and 5 years after graduation). Outcomes data show that the School of Nursing exceeds the benchmark for program satisfaction for peer nursing schools and nursing schools nationally. Employer surveys indicate that employers are overall, very satisfied with UD School of Nursing graduates.


Outcomes data for the master’s nursing programs include program completion rates, working as an advanced practice nurse after graduation, new graduate and alumni surveys (1 year and 5 years after graduation) and first time certification pass rates. These data are collected annually as part of the accreditation requirements by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Outcomes measures indicate that the master’s program exceeds the national benchmark for program completion rates and first time certification pass rates. Satisfaction with the master’s and post-master’s programs indicate that 92% of new graduates rate the programs as “very good” or “excellent”. In addition, an average of 92.2% of graduates of the master’s programs, who completed the alumni survey reported that they currently worked in an advanced practice nursing role.


  • Physical Therapy

Student outcomes are assessed in a multimodal fashion in the Department of Physical Therapy. First, outcome assessment data is collected via student surveys issued immediately at graduation, 6 months post-graduation and 5 years post-graduation. Second, employer surveys are utilized to ascertain student and program strengths and areas for improvement. Third, integration courses using iClicker technology provides data on student understanding of a variety of curricular topics and helps inform future curricular decisions. Fourth, student performance on integrated clinical experiences is analyzed by review of data contained within the New England Consortium grading tool. Fifth, student performance on terminal clinical internships is analyzed by reviewing data contained within the Clinical Performance Instrument. Student performance on the physical therapist licensure examination (governed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy) is also tracked yearly. This data is reported within the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Annual Accreditation Report. We comply with requirements to make this data publicly accessible via posting on our website.


Licensure Pass Rates

Class of 2014:  100%

Class of 2013:  100%

Class of 2012:  100%


Student Outcomes


  • Teacher Preparation

UD’s Teacher Preparation programs have certification exams. To receive the University of Delaware’s institutional recommendation for certification, a candidate must complete one of the University’s state-approved programs, including passing the relevant Praxis Subject Assessment test(s) according to the state of Delaware guidelines. This institutional recommendation is noted on the candidate’s official transcript upon completion of all program requirements. A candidate must apply for licensure/certification through the Department of Education in the states in which he/she wishes to teach. The Delaware Center for Teacher Education Office of Certification and Accreditation maintains information related to student outcomes and licensure pass rates, as well as to the meeting of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation standards.


Certification Exam Pass Rates
Group Number taking tests Number passing tests Pass rate (%)
All program completers, 2014-15 305 305 100
All program completers, 2013-14 304 298 98
All program completers, 2012-13 311 304 98