It is recommended that testing programs undertake a standard setting study, following a comprehensive professional practice analysis, every four to five years. The NBCRNA conducted a practice analysis in 2016 that served to inform standard setting review process. The NBCRNA Board reviewed the recommendations made by the standard setting panel and approved the new passing standard in August of 2017, to be effective in January of 2018. Based on analysis presented the Board determined that the passing standard would remain the same as the previous standard.

More information about the process and the Board's decision to accept the panel's decision to reaffirm the existing standard, as well as the announcement, are detailed in the links below.