Licensure and Certification Passing Rate


To ensure programmatic coursework prepares students to competently practice in their chosen profession


Aggregate institutional passing rate of first time test-takers on licensure and certification exams.  Exams included in this measure are state mandated exams which candidates must pass before becoming active practitioners. 


Denominator: All licensure and certification exams taken for the first time during the licensure agency’s most recent reporting year.  Only includes state mandated exams which candidates must pass before becoming active practitioners.

Numerator: Licensure and certification exams passed on first attempt during the licensure agency’s most recent reporting year. 

Note: Passing rates for individual exams will be provided for informational purposes only.


The number of first-time test-takers and the number passing were provided to the System Office by agencies issuing the license or certification and validated by the colleges. Depending on the exam, data may be provided on a fiscal or calendar year. Exams include Aviation-General, Aviation-Airframe, Aviation - Power Plant, BLET, Real Estate Sales, Cosmetic Arts-Apprentice, Cosmetology, Esthetician, Cosmetic Arts-Instructor, Manicurist, Dental Hygiene, Opticianry, Nuclear Medical Technician, Radiation Therapy, Radiography, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing, Veterinary Medical Technician, EMD, EMT, EMT-I, EMT-P, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Massage & Body Work Therapist, and Detention Officer.

Goal: 91.7%

Baseline: 71.0%

  1. Basic Skills Student Progress
  2. GED Diploma Passing Rate
  3. Developmental Student Success Rate in College-Level English Courses
  4. Developmental Student Success Rate in College-Level Math Courses
  5. First Year Progression
  6. Curriculum Completion
  7. Licensure and Certification Passing Rate
  8. College Transfer Performance


Federal Aviation Administration
Airframe Exam*
General Exam*
Power Plant Exam*

Council of Interstate Testing
Dental Hygiene Exam

NC Board of Nursing
Practical Nursing Exam
Registered Nursing Exam

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
Nuclear Medicine Technology Exam
Radiation Therapy Exam
Radiography Exam

NC Dept of Justice, Criminal Justice Standards Division
Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Exam

NC Dept of Justice Sheriff’s Standards Division
Detention Officer*

NC Board of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapist Assistant

NC Real Estate Commission
Provisional Real Estate Broker

NC Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
Apprentice Exam
Cosmetology Exam
Cosmetology Instructor Exam
Esthetician Exam

Manicurist Exam

NC Office of Emergency Medical Services
EMD Exam
EMT Exam
EMT-P Exam

NC Board of Opticians
Opticianry Exam

NC Veterinary Medical Board
Veterinary Medicine Technology Exam


NC Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy
Massage & Body Work Therapist

NC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Physical Therapist Assistant Exam


* Based on availability, results are not included in this year’s report