2016 Best RN Programs: LPN to ADN & LPN to BSN

Of the 1,209 ADN programs and 794 Accredited BSN programs in the United States, here are the best-ranked nationwide programs of 2016. We've compiled our rankings based on the best NCLEX test scores aggregated over a three year period.

Rank (Modified)
University
Based In
NCLEX Pass Rate
Reporting Years
Program Accreditation
1 Peninsula College Port Angeles, WA 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
1 Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
2 Houston Baptist University Houston, TX 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
3 Robert Morris University Illinois Chicago, IL 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
4 Whatcom Community College Bellingham, WA 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
5 Great Basin College Elko, NV 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
7 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO 99.64 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
7 Mississippi College Clinton, MS 99.43 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
8 Columbia College Columbia, MO 99.20 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
9 Becker College Worcester, MA 99.00 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
11 James H Faulkner State Community College Bay Minette, AL 98.77 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
11 Mitchell Community College Statesville, NC 98.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
12 Cayuga County Community College Auburn, NY 98.63 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
13 Manchester Community College Manchester, NH 98.62 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
14 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND 98.50 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
15 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 98.41 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
16 Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington, CA 98.38 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
17 Jefferson Community College Watertown, NY 98.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
18 York Technical College Rock Hill, SC 98.12 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
19 Carteret Community College Morehead City, NC 98.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
21 Cox College Springfield, MO 97.81 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
21 Alcorn State University Alcorn State, MS 97.78 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
22 College of the Albemarle Elizabeth City, NC 97.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
23 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC 97.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
24 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS 97.56 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
25 Brigham Young University-Provo Provo, UT 97.50 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
26 Rappahannock Community College Glenns, VA 97.37 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
27 South Plains College Levelland, TX 97.37 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
28 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Elizabethtown, KY 97.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
29 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC 97.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
30 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV 97.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
31 Harrison College-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 97.20 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
32 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT 97.14 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
33 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT 97.13 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
34 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR 97.11 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
35 Yakima Valley Community College Yakima, WA 97.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
37 Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA 96.91 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
37 North Central Kansas Technical College Beloit, KS 96.86 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
38 Piedmont Technical College Greenwood, SC 96.83 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
39 Howard College Big Spring, TX 96.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
40 Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, AZ 96.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
41 California State University-San Marcos San Marcos, CA 96.76 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
42 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA 96.66 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
43 Grossmont College El Cajon, CA 96.43 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
44 Somerset Community College Somerset, KY 96.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
45 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA 96.33 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
46 Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT 96.33 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
47 GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ 96.27 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
48 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS 96.21 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
49 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL 96.04 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
50 Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, TN 96.00 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
52 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ 95.82 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
52 Gaston College Dallas, NC 95.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
53 Harper College Palatine, IL 95.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
54 North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA 95.67 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
55 Columbus Technical College Columbus, GA 95.65 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
56 Georgia College and State University Milledgeville, GA 95.48 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
57 Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus Roswell, NM 95.47 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
58 Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan, KS 95.40 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
59 St Joseph's College of Nursing at St Joseph's Hospital Health Center Syracuse, NY 95.37 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
60 Norwalk Community College Norwalk, CT 95.33 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
61 Eastern Maine Community College Bangor, ME 95.29 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
62 College of Marin Kentfield, CA 95.26 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
63 Concordia University-Irvine Irvine, CA 95.25 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
64 Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN 95.23 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
65 Clinton Community College Plattsburgh, NY 95.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
66 Santa Monica College Santa Monica, CA 95.06 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
68 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC 94.97 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
68 West Georgia Technical College Waco, GA 94.88 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
69 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX 94.87 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
70 University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Bradford, PA 94.81 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
71 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA 94.72 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
72 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC 94.69 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
73 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN 94.67 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
74 California State University-Stanislaus Turlock, CA 94.58 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
75 Palomar College San Marcos, CA 94.57 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
76 Yavapai College Prescott, AZ 94.57 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
77 North Seattle College Seattle, WA 94.52 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
78 The University of Montana Missoula, MT 94.44 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
79 Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort, SC 94.39 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
80 Motlow State Community College Tullahoma, TN 94.33 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
81 Three Rivers Community College Norwich, CT 94.33 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
82 Pellissippi State Community College Knoxville, TN 94.33 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
83 Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE 94.32 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
84 Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 94.25 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
85 Valencia College Orlando, FL 94.20 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
86 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD 94.15 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
87 Ventura College Ventura, CA 94.14 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
88 Central Maine Community College Auburn, ME 94.14 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
89 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS 94.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
90 Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg, SC 94.06 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
91 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN 94.05 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
92 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK 94.02 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
93 LaGrange College Lagrange, GA 94.02 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
94 Jackson State Community College Jackson, TN 94.00 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
96 Georgia Perimeter College Decatur, GA 93.94 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
96 Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg, SC 93.89 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
97 Utah Valley University Orem, UT 93.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
98 Riverside City College Riverside, CA 93.77 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
99 Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA 93.76 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN

Rank (Modified)
University
Based In
NCLEX BSN Pass Rate
Reporting Years
Program Accreditation
1 Troy University Troy, AL 95.07 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
2 Brookline College-Phoenix Phoenix, AZ 93.76 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
2 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 93.50 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
4 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL 92.87 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
4 Samford University Birmingham, AL 92.03 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
6 SUNY College at Brockport Brockport, NY 91.70 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
7 Spring Hill College Mobile, AL 90.93 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
7 Sentara College of Health Sciences Chesapeake, VA 90.51 2012, 2014 CCNE
8 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO 90.36 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
9 Auburn University Auburn University, AL 90.33 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
11 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY 89.70 2012, 2014 CCNE
12 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY 88.13 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
12 Excelsior College Albany, NY 88.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
14 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY 87.77 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
14 University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL 87.47 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
15 Appalachian State University Boone, NC 87.33 2012, 2014 CCNE
17 University of North Alabama Florence, AL 86.67 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
18 Auburn University at Montgomery Montgomery, AL 85.57 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
19 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL 84.90 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
19 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL 84.10 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
21 Concordia University-Texas Austin, TX 83.52 2012, 2014 CCNE
22 University of Mobile Mobile, AL 81.40 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
22 Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL 81.33 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
23 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY 81.07 2012, 2014 CCNE
25 CUNY Lehman College Bronx, NY 80.27 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
26 Benedictine College Atchison, KS 79.70 2012, 2014 CCNE
27 Nightingale College Ogden, UT 77.83 2012, 2014 ACEN
27 Fortis College-Salt Lake City Salt Lake City, UT 77.30 2012, 2014 ACEN
29 Stratford University Fairfax, VA 76.53 2012, 2014 CCNE
30 Oakwood University Huntsville, AL 73.63 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
31 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR 70.20 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
32 Nazareth College Rochester, NY 69.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
33 Pace University-New York New York, NY 66.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
33 Bethel University McKenzie, TN 66.67 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
34 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS 66.25 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
35 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS 66.11 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
37 Augustana College Sioux Falls, SD 65.97 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
37 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS 65.97 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
38 Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville, MS 65.93 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
39 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS 65.87 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
40 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL 65.83 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ACEN
41 Waynesburg University Waynesburg, PA 65.81 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
42 Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesson, MS 65.81 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
43 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY 65.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
44 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC 65.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
45 Blessing Rieman College of Nursing Quincy, IL 65.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
46 Nevada State College Henderson, NV 65.29 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
47 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS 65.26 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
48 Southwest Mississippi Community College Summit, MS 65.11 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
49 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN 65.03 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
50 Brigham Young University-Provo Provo, UT 65.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
51 Duke University Durham, NC 65.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
53 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN 64.91 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
53 California State University-Sacramento Sacramento, CA 64.90 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
54 Mississippi Delta Community College Moorhead, MS 64.82 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
55 Henderson State University Arkadelphia, AR 64.80 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
56 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT 64.76 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
57 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 64.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
58 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT 64.67 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
59 Western Connecticut State University Danbury, CT 64.67 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
60 The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN 64.67 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
61 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA 64.64 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
62 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS 64.63 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
63 Meridian Community College Meridian, MS 64.52 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
64 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 64.48 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
65 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 64.45 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
66 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS 64.40 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
67 Northeastern University Boston, MA 64.33 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
68 Lewis University Romeoville, IL 64.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
69 Bellarmine University Louisville, KY 64.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
70 University of Houston-Victoria Victoria, TX 64.25 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
71 West Texas A & M University Canyon, TX 64.16 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
72 Dominican College of Blauvelt Orangeburg, NY 64.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
73 East Central Community College Decatur, MS 64.03 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
74 Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN 64.00 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
75 Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford, IL 64.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
76 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 64.00 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
78 Oklahoma Wesleyan University Bartlesville, OK 63.89 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
78 Colby-Sawyer College New London, NH 63.89 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
79 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 63.81 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
80 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT 63.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
81 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston, TX 63.74 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
82 George Fox University Newberg, OR 63.69 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
83 Coe College Cedar Rapids, IA 63.67 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
84 Illinois State University Normal, IL 63.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
85 Clovis Community College Clovis, NM 63.63 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
86 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH 63.58 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
87 University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 63.55 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
88 San Juan College Farmington, NM 63.46 2010, 2011, 2012 ACEN
89 University of Colorado Denver Denver, CO 63.43 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
90 University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO 63.40 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
91 Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson, NV 63.38 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ACEN
92 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 63.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
93 University of Nevada-Reno Reno, NV 63.31 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 CCNE
94 University of Portland Portland, OR 63.23 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
95 Radford University Radford, VA 63.14 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
96 University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN 63.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
97 Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, OH 63.09 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE
98 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 63.00 2010, 2011, 2012 CCNE
99 Graceland University-Lamoni Lamoni, IA 63.00 2011, 2012, 2014 CCNE

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