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Best Online Nursing Schools in the United States

Find the best online nursing schools in the United States. One of the best measures of a nursing school’s ability to prepare its students to become a practicing nurse is to look at an institutions first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate. We went directly to each state board of nursing to find, report and rank the the best BSN degree programs in the country.

Find the best online nursing schools that will best prepare you for your RN licensing exam and beyond as you enter your nursing nursing career.

We compiled the first-time NCLEX passing for more than 937 BSN Degree programs across the United States for as many as a dozen years running.

Online Nursing Schools
Grade
University
State Rank
US Rank
City
State
100.00 Plymouth State University 1 1 Plymouth NH
99.12 University of Hawaii @ Manoa-MEPN 1 2 Honolulu HI
99.11 West Virginia University 1 3 Morgantown WV
98.79 University of South Carolina-Columbia 1 4 Columbia SC
98.74 University of Louisiana at Lafayette 1 5 Lafayette LA
98.23 Medical University of South Carolina 2 9 Charleston SC
98.15 Allen College 1 10 Waterloo IA
97.82 Northwestern College 2 15 Orange City IA
97.72 McNeese State University 2 16 Lake Charles LA
97.70 Cumberland University 1 17 Lebanon TN
97.66 Lander University 3 18 Greenwood SC
97.63 The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing 1 19 Galveston TX
97.53 Texas A & M University-Texarkana 2 20 Texarkana TX
97.48 California State University-Fullerton 3 21 Fullerton CA
97.34 California State University-Stanislaus 4 22 Turlock CA
97.33 University of Saint Joseph 1 23 West Hartford CT
97.09 University of Mississippi Medical Center 1 25 Jackson MS
97.01 Northern Kentucky University 1 27 Highland Heights KY
96.99 Fransciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University 3 28 Baton Rouge LA
96.99 Stephen F Austin State University 3 28 Nacogdoches TX
96.95 Stanbridge University 6 29 Irvine CA
96.79 Concordia University Irvine 7 30 Irvine CA
96.72 University of Colorado College of Nursing (Traditional) 1 32 Denver CO
96.72 University of Mary 1 32 Bismarck ND
96.59 Tennessee Technological University 2 34 Cookeville TN
96.33 Sacred Heart University 2 36 Fairfield CT
96.30 University of Kentucky 2 37 Lexington KY
96.26 Shenandoah University -Eleanor Wade Custer 2 39 Winchester VA
95.91 Clarkson College 1 41 Omaha NE
95.87 Sam Houston State University 4 42 Huntsville TX
95.87 University of Missouri-Kansas City 2 42 Kansas City MO
95.71 Southeastern Louisiana University 4 44 Hammond LA
95.45 Metropolitan State University of Denver (TNO) 2 49 Denver CO
95.45 University of Holy Cross 5 49 New Orleans LA
95.37 Carlow University 3 51 Pittsburgh PA
95.33 Western Illinois University 2 52 Macomb IL
95.23 California State University-Chico 11 53 Chico CA
95.15 Lewis University 3 54 Romeoville IL
95.08 University of the Incarnate Word 5 55 San Antonio TX
95.01 California State University-San Marcos 12 57 San Marcos CA
94.98 Adams State University 3 58 Alamosa CO
94.98 Mississippi College 2 58 Clinton MS
94.77 University of Southern Indiana 1 60 Evansville IN
94.67 University of South Dakota 2 62 Vermillion SD
94.57 South Dakota State University 3 63 Brookings SD
94.47 Northern Arizona University 1 64 Flagstaff AZ
94.31 Liberty University 3 69 Lynchburg VA
94.07 Middle Tennessee State University 3 74 Murfreesboro TN
94.07 St Vincent's College - Evening 5 74 Bridgeport CT
94.07 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 7 74 Edinboro PA
94.05 James Madison University 4 75 Harrisonburg VA
94.01 Duquesne University 8 76 Pittsburgh PA
93.91 Missouri State University-Springfield 3 77 Springfield MO
93.86 Florida National University-Miami 2 79 Miami FL
93.81 Texas Woman's University 7 80 Denton TX
93.81 Endicott College 3 80 Beverly MA
93.78 Mennonite Nursing at Illinois State University 5 81 Normal IL
93.75 Mississippi University for Women 3 83 Columbus MS
93.70 Gonzaga University 1 84 Spokane WA
93.63 Cedar Crest College 9 86 Allentown PA
93.63 Western NM University/BSN 2 86 Silver City NM
93.53 University of Phoenix-Phoenix Campus 2 88 Tempe AZ
93.49 Clemson University 4 89 Clemson SC
93.47 The University of Texas at El Paso 8 90 El Paso TX
93.26 The University of Tennessee-Martin 4 93 Martin TN
93.25 Colby-Sawyer College 4 94 New London NH
93.23 University of North Georgia 1 96 Dahlonega GA
93.19 Morehead State University 3 97 Morehead KY
93.13 Northwestern State University of Louisiana 6 99 Natchitoches LA
93.05 University of Central Missouri 4 100 Warrensburg MO
92.98 University of North Dakota 2 102 Grand Forks ND
92.95 Nevada State College 1 103 Henderson NV
92.93 Arkansas State University - Jonesboro 3 104 Jonesboro AR
92.85 University of Louisville-Louisville 4 108 Louisville KY
92.78 Fort Hays State University 2 110 Hays KS
92.78 University of Massachusetts-Lowell 4 110 Lowell MA
92.74 Western Governors University 3 111 Salt Lake City UT
92.71 Park University 5 113 Parkville MO
92.59 Northwestern Okla. State University-Alva 2 114 Alva OK
92.59 Crown College 3 114 Saint Bonifacius MN
92.59 Lincoln Memorial University 6 114 Harrogate TN
92.59 Murray State University 5 114 Murray KY
92.56 Villanova University 13 115 Villanova PA
92.56 California State University-Fresno 18 115 Fresno CA
92.51 Anderson University 6 116 Anderson SC
92.47 Oregon Health and Science University - Accelerated Portland 1 117 Portland OR
92.39 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 10 121 Houston TX
92.30 University of St Francis 4 123 Fort Wayne IN
92.18 University of Sioux Falls 4 125 Sioux Falls SD
92.11 Olivet Nazarene University 6 126 Bourbonnais IL
92.10 Drexel University 15 127 Philadelphia PA
92.05 Baker University 3 129 Baldwin City KS
92.04 University of Central Florida 4 130 Orlando FL
92.03 Creighton University 4 131 Omaha NE
92.03 St. John Fisher College 3 131 Rochester NY
91.99 Nicholls State University 7 133 Thibodaux LA
91.93 Chamberlain University 3 135 Phoenix AZ
91.89 Bethel University 4 136 Saint Paul MN
91.82 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health 5 138 Omaha NE
91.71 University of Arizona 4 139 Tucson AZ
91.69 West Texas A & M University 11 141 Canyon TX
91.67 Schreiner University 12 143 Kerrville TX
91.67 PIMA Medical Institute-Tucson 5 143 Tucson AZ
91.63 Eastern Kentucky University 7 144 Richmond KY
91.59 Blessing Rieman College of Nursing 7 145 Quincy IL
91.52 La Salle University 17 147 Philadelphia PA
91.46 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 13 148 Lubbock TX
91.44 University of Virginia 5 149 Charlottesville VA
91.41 Bradley University 8 150 Peoria IL
91.37 Thomas Edison State College 2 151 Trenton NJ
91.36 Grand Canyon University 6 152 Phoenix AZ
91.26 DeSales University 19 155 Center Valley PA
91.17 SUNY College at Plattsburgh 4 158 Plattsburgh NY
91.15 Regis College 6 159 Weston MA
91.12 Georgia Southwestern State University 2 160 Americus GA
91.09 University of Pittsburgh 20 161 Pittsburgh PA
91.05 Brigham Young University Idaho 2 163 Rexburg ID
90.98 Westminster College 4 164 Salt Lake City UT
90.95 The University of Texas at Arlington 15 165 Arlington TX
90.94 University of Northern Colorado 5 166 Greeley CO
90.93 Lindsey Wilson College 8 167 Columbia KY
90.85 Austin Peay State University 9 169 Clarksville TN
90.80 The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University 19 170 San Jose CA
90.79 Minot State University 4 171 Minot ND
90.69 Lamar University 16 173 Beaumont TX
90.52 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences 10 175 Memphis TN
90.43 Maryville University of Saint Louis 8 178 Saint Louis MO
90.40 University of Florida - Gainesville 6 180 Gainesville FL
90.38 Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing 6 181 Richmond VA
90.34 University of South Carolina-Aiken 7 182 Aiken SC
90.34 Pacific Union College 20 182 Angwin CA
90.28 University of North Florida 7 183 Jacksonville FL
90.25 Roseman University of Health Sciences 3 184 Henderson NV
90.24 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 21 185 Mansfield PA
90.13 Denver College of Nursing 6 188 Denver CO
90.09 Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies 9 189 Fayette MO
90.05 The University of West Florida 8 190 Pensacola FL

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