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Top 100 ADN Programs

One of the best measures of a nursing program’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 ADN programs in the country.

Find the ADN program(s) that will best prepare you for your RN licensing exam and beyond.

We compiled the first-time NCLEX passing for more than 1133 RN-ADN programs across the United States for as many as 7 years running. We then complied our results and ranked the top 914 RN-ADN programs across the country. You will find the top 100 in the list below. Research the best RN-ADN nursing schools state-by-state.

Rank
University
Based In
NCLEX Grade
Reporting Years
1 Great Basin College Elko, NV 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
1 Virginia State University Petersburg, VA 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
2 University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus Gallup, NM 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016
3 Mendocino College Ukiah, CA 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
5 Coastal Alabama Community College (James H Faulkner State) Bay Minette, AL 99.41 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
6 Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg, SC 99.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
7 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO 99.27 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
8 York Technical College Rock Hill, SC 99.12 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
9 Jefferson Community College Watertown, NY 98.90 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
10 Cayuga County Community College Auburn, NY 98.79 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
11 Chabot College Hayward, CA 98.37 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
12 Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus Birmingham, AL 98.34 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
13 Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, VA 98.15 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
14 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT 98.04 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
15 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA 98.02 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
16 Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington, CA 97.99 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
17 Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA 97.94 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
18 California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo, CA 97.87 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
19 Merritt College Oakland, CA 97.76 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
20 Louisiana Delta Community College Monroe, LA 97.75 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
21 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS 97.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
22 McHenry County College Crystal Lake, IL 97.63 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
23 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV 97.53 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
24 Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Cumberland, KY 97.41 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
25 Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg, IL 97.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
26 Columbia College Columbia, MO 97.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
27 Howard College Big Spring, TX 97.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
28 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA 97.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
29 Coahoma Community College Clarksdale, MS 96.97 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
30 MiraCosta College Oceanside, CA 96.95 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
31 Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus Roswell, NM 96.91 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
32 Brigham Young University-Provo Provo, UT 96.86 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
33 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS 96.83 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
34 Nashville State Community College Nashville, TN 96.81 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
35 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR 96.78 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
36 Linn-Benton Community College Albany, OR 96.76 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
37 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI 96.76 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
38 Western Nevada College Carson City, NV 96.59 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
39 Sierra College Rocklin, CA 96.57 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
40 Motlow State Community College Tullahoma, TN 96.52 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
41 Helena College University of Montana Helena, MT 96.52 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
42 Monterey Peninsula College Monterey, CA 96.49 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
43 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO 96.39 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
44 Hartnell College Salinas, CA 96.35 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
45 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL 96.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
46 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT 96.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
47 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Elizabethtown, KY 96.22 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
48 College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, GA 96.11 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
49 Peninsula College Port Angeles, WA 96.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
50 Pierce College at Puyallup Puyallup, WA 96.06 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
51 Mississippi Delta Community College Moorhead, MS 96.05 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
52 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA 96.04 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
52 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN 96.04 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
54 Henderson Community College Henderson, KY 95.93 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
55 Columbus Technical College Columbus, GA 95.91 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
56 California State University-San Marcos San Marcos, CA 95.86 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
57 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC 95.82 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
58 Gordon State College Barnesville, GA 95.78 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
59 Portland Community College Portland, OR 95.77 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
60 Valencia College Orlando, FL 95.66 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
61 Simpson University Redding, CA 95.65 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
62 Sheridan College Sheridan, WY 95.63 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
63 Central Maine Community College Auburn, ME 95.57 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
64 Whatcom Community College Bellingham, WA 95.48 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
65 California State University-Stanislaus Turlock, CA 95.42 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
66 Jackson State Community College Jackson, TN 95.41 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
67 Central Oregon Community College Bend, OR 95.26 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
68 Clinton Community College Plattsburgh, NY 95.26 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
69 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI 95.26 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
70 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 95.23 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
71 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS 95.20 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
72 College of the Siskiyous Weed, CA 95.19 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
73 Carroll University Waukesha, WI 95.15 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
74 Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta, GA 94.96 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
75 Austin Community College District Austin, TX 94.94 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
76 North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA 94.90 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
77 Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA 94.88 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
78 Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, AZ 94.87 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
79 Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville, MS 94.85 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
80 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI 94.77 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
81 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR 94.73 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
82 Grossmont College El Cajon, CA 94.65 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
83 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA 94.64 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
84 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA 94.57 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
85 Lincoln University Jefferson City, MO 94.48 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
86 Bethel College-Indiana Mishawaka, IN 94.47 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
87 Southwest Mississippi Community College Summit, MS 94.45 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
88 Owensboro Community and Technical College Owensboro, KY 94.22 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
89 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS 94.19 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
90 Panola College Carthage, TX 94.12 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
91 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT 94.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
92 California State University-Chico Chico, CA 94.10 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
93 Aiken Technical College Graniteville, SC 94.09 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
94 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS 94.08 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
95 Great Bay Community College Portsmouth, NH 94.08 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
96 Kishwaukee College Malta, IL 94.07 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
96 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL 94.07 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
98 Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health Los Angeles, CA 94.05 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
99 Central Wyoming College Riverton, WY 94.05 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
100 Blackhawk Technical College Janesville, WI 94.05 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

ADN Program Rankings by State

View all RN-ADN Degree Program rankings by state using the map below.

  • Total RN-ADN Programs: 1133
  • Ranked RN-ADN Programs: 914
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List of Best RN-ADN Nursing Schools

View the top 100 BSN programs In the United States.

For information about how we rank ADN programs, please see our ranking methodology.

 

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