The Best Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Programs

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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

We compiled the first-time NCLEX passing for more than 1,049 RN-ADN programs across the United States for as many as 7 years running. We then complied our results and ranked the top 907 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.

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


Rank
University
Based In
NCLEX Grade
Reporting Years
1 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 Danville Community College Danville, VA 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, GA 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 Helena College University of Montana Helena, MT 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
1 Stanbridge University Irvine, CA 100.00 2016, 2017, 2018
1 Reedley College Reedley, CA 100.00 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 Coahoma Community College Clarksdale, MS 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
2 Cayuga County Community College Auburn, NY 99.26 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
3 Chabot College Hayward, CA 99.22 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
4 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS 99.19 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
5 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA 99.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
6 Lane Community College Eugene, OR 99.06 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
7 Jefferson Community College Watertown, NY 99.02 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
8 Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg, IL 99.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
9 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA 98.95 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
10 Laredo Community College Laredo, TX 98.90 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
11 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL 98.82 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
11 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO 98.82 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
12 Coastal Alabama Community College (James H Faulkner State) Bay Minette, AL 98.79 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
13 Washington State Community College Marietta, OH 98.72 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
14 East Central College Union, MO 98.59 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
15 Great Basin College Elko, NV 98.57 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
16 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS 98.52 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
16 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY 98.52 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
16 University of Pikeville Pikeville, KY 98.52 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
17 Jackson State Community College Jackson, TN 98.44 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
18 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS 98.41 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
19 Rowan College at Gloucester County Sewell, NJ 98.40 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
20 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN 98.37 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
21 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC 98.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
21 Worcester State University Worcester, MA 98.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
21 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta, GA 98.33 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
21 San Juan College Farmington, NM 98.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
21 Robeson Community College Lumberton, NC 98.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
22 Pierce College at Puyallup Puyallup, WA 98.26 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
23 Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta, GA 98.20 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
24 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS 98.17 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
24 York Technical College Rock Hill, SC 98.17 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
25 Lakes Region Community College Laconia, NH 98.15 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
25 Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA 98.15 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
26 Sierra College Rocklin, CA 98.08 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
27 State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota Bradenton, FL 98.01 2010, 2011, 2017, 2018
28 Nashville State Community College Nashville, TN 98.00 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
29 Rogue Community College Grants Pass, OR 97.92 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
30 Clinton Community College Plattsburgh, NY 97.81 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
31 Monterey Peninsula College Monterey, CA 97.78 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
32 Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington, CA 97.73 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
33 Johnston Community College Smithfield, NC 97.70 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
34 North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA 97.64 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
35 College of the Albemarle Elizabeth City, NC 97.63 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
35 Howard College Big Spring, TX 97.63 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
36 Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, VA 97.62 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
37 Southwest Mississippi Community College Summit, MS 97.51 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
37 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR 97.51 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
38 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, FL 97.38 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
39 Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, CO 97.34 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
40 Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville, MS 97.31 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
40 John Tyler Community College Chester, VA 97.31 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
41 Mitchell Community College Statesville, NC 97.26 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
42 Arkansas Northeastern College Blytheville, AR 97.24 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
43 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR 97.15 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
44 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND 97.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
44 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO 97.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
45 Hartnell College Salinas, CA 97.06 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
46 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC 97.04 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
47 NHTI-Concord's Community College Concord, NH 96.99 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
48 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA 96.92 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
49 Central Oregon Community College Bend, OR 96.91 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
50 Brunswick Community College Bolivia, NC 96.85 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
51 Valencia College Orlando, FL 96.82 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
52 Western Piedmont Community College Morganton, NC 96.81 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
53 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS 96.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
54 Gaston College Dallas, NC 96.74 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
55 Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg, SC 96.66 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
56 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND 96.63 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
57 Blackhawk Technical College Janesville, WI 96.54 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
58 Gordon State College Barnesville, GA 96.51 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
59 Peninsula College Port Angeles, WA 96.49 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
60 Cecil College North East, MD 96.45 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
61 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC 96.40 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
62 Simmons College Boston, MA 96.33 2016, 2017, 2018
63 Manchester Community College Manchester, NH 96.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
63 Central Carolina Technical College Sumter, SC 96.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
63 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI 96.30 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
63 Clatsop Community College Astoria, OR 96.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
63 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA 96.30 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
64 Mississippi Delta Community College Moorhead, MS 96.24 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
65 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI 96.22 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
66 Mountain View College Dallas, TX 96.14 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
67 Hopkinsville Community College Hopkinsville, KY 96.04 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
67 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Helena, AR 96.04 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
68 Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, CA 96.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
69 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ 95.97 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
69 Albany Technical College Albany, GA 95.97 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
70 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA 95.94 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
71 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR 95.93 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
71 John A Logan College Carterville, IL 95.93 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
72 North Central Missouri College Trenton, MO 95.91 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
73 Rappahannock Community College Glenns, VA 95.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
73 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 95.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

ADN Program Rankings by State

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

  • Total RN-ADN Programs: 1,049
  • Ranked RN-ADN Programs: 907


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