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 ADN programs in the United States.

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

We compiled the first-time NCLEX passing for more than 1,047 ADN Degree programs across the United States for as many as 7 years running.

We ranked the top 904 ADN Degree programs and present our results in both our:

Best ADN Programs in the United States

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100.00 Reedley College 1 1 Reedley CA
Reedley College is located in Reedley, California.  Their LVN to RN program is located in their Madera Center.  Unique to Reedley College is the Madera College Advantage Program (MCCAP), which works to transition high school seniors into college life.
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100.00 Helena College University of Montana 1 1 Helena MT
Helena College – University of Montana is located in Helena, Montana.  Their program admits 16 student each fall and spring – 8 of which are regular RN cohorts and 8 off which are LPN to BSN pathway cohorts.
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100.00 Danville Community College 1 1 Danville VA
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100.00 Stanbridge University 1 1 Irvine CA
Stanbridge University is located in Irvine and Los Angeles, California. Stanbridge offers an Associate of Science in Nursing (RN) degree program. Stanbridge maintains a high standard of academic excellence by integrating innovative technology, hands-on practice, and community service for a holistic student experience.
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100.00 Coahoma Community College 1 1 Clarksdale MS
Coahoma Community College is located in Clarksdale, MS. Coahoma is a historically black college, and adheres to the tradition of providing excellent education to African Americans. Their nursing division offers an ACEN accredited ADN program. This program is tailored to LPNs, and is comprised of 2 general education semesters, 2 semester of nursing courses, and a summer term.

Coahoma’s ADN curriculum has a clinical focus that incorporates academic knowledge, nursing theory, and simulated experiences. The program emphasizes collaboration, inclusivity and future-forward thinking. Learning outcomes are rooted in patient-centered care and professionalism. Students will cultivate leadership skills, communication techniques, teamwork methods, as well as familiarity with technology and modern advancement in the nursing field.

Coahoma Community College’s mission is to prepare caring and independent nurses with critical thinking skills who can participate in their healthcare communities as a valuable member. Students can apply once a year for fall enrollment.

 

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100.00 Cuesta College 1 1 San Luis Obispo CA
Cuesta College is located in San Luis Obispo, California.  They offer an RN and an LVN to RN program.  Their LVN to RN program is 3 semesters, with the summer off.  Clinical rotations are done at neighboring facilities.  They also require their LVNs to have at least one year of experience prior to admittance into their program.
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100.00 College of Coastal Georgia 1 1 Brunswick GA
College of Coastal Georgia is located in Brunswick, Georgia.  Their nursing department offers an ASN program, a prelicensure BSN program, which is designed for student without an RN license and an RN to BSN program, designed for students already holding their RN license.
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99.26 Cayuga County Community College 1 2 Auburn NY

Cayuga Community College is a two-year SUNY college in Cayuga County, NY that first opened its doors in 1953. They offer an ADN program that offers admissions once a year, for enrollment in the fall semester. The coursework strikes a balance between theoretical knowledge and clinical practice. They offer the program at both Auburn and Fulton campuses, and admit students once annually in the fall.

Students at Cayuga Community College will learn how to make safe clinical judgments and communication techniques to ensure they can effectively relay information to members of their healthcare team, as well as patients and their families. CCC also has formal partnerships (articulation agreements) with several baccalaureate nursing programs, making the transition between an ADN to BSN program a streamlined process.

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99.22 Chabot College 2 3 Hayward CA
Chabot College is located in Hayward, California.  They boast that their faculty has 20 or more years of experience.  Also, the majority of their RN graduates move on to pursue their BSN degree at CSUEB bridge program.  They also have incredible NCLEX-RN pass rates – over the past 5 years, pass rates have ranged from 96.3% to 100%.
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99.19 Mississippi University for Women 2 4 Columbus MS

The Mississippi University for Women offers a 4-year BSN program in addition to an Advanced Placement RN to BSN program, ideal for registered nurses who are interested in advancing their nursing careers. Though the school’s name implies that it offers single-sex education, since 1982 men have been welcome to attend.

The school’s BSN program focuses on preparing students to be skilled leaders who are agents for change in illness prevention and patient care. Those who graduate from the program will have a comprehensive educational foundation that opens the doors to opportunities for further study, such as a master’s degree in nursing.

The BSN program is aware of the continually changing world, and places a focus on the prevention of illness, maintenance of health, and a responsibility for managing long-term and terminal disruptions to health.   Additionally, the Mississippi University of Women emphasizes the nurse’s role as a client advocate and an important liaison on healthcare teams. Students can enroll in the summer, as well as in the fall.

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99.10 Louisiana Tech University 1 5 Ruston LA
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99.06 Lane Community College 1 6 Eugene OR
Lane Community College is located in Eugene, Oregon.  They offer an LPN certificate, an ADN degree and an LPN to RN bridge option.  The bridge option allows LPNs to enter the into the second year of the ADN program.
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99.02 Jefferson Community College 2 7 Watertown NY

Jefferson Community College opened its doors in 1961, and is located in Watertown, NY. The college offers an ADN program that is ACEN accredited. Nursing students at JCC will benefit from the small class sizes and the simulation laboratory. The program does come with two different pacing options: full-time weekday, meaning that students will complete the program in two academic years, with classes beginning in August; or there’s a part-time weekend option, which is two full years—meaning a summer semester is included as well—and it starts each January.

JCC has transfer agreements with several baccalaureate programs, providing for an easy transition from an ADN to a BSN, if desired. Students will become acquainted with the various specialties in the nursing field, such as pediatrics, medical/surgical nursing, and pharmacology. JCC boasts a caring faculty that takes a student-oriented and supportive approach to preparing excellent nurses.

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99.00 Southeastern Illinois College 1 8 Harrisburg IL

Southeastern Illinois College was founded in 1960 and is located in Harrisburg, IL. They offer an ACEN accredited ADN program that gives students in-depth training in general nursing as well as in specialty sectors such as obstetrics and pediatrics. The nursing program is a two-semester program that begins each fall and accepts 30 students annually. Their program is designed so that students first complete the Practical Nursing program, after which students may practice as licensed practical nurses. Or they may choose to reapply and continue to earn their ADN agree. This strategy aims to concentrate ADN students who are serious and passionate about the field.

Students benefit from small class sizes, engaged peers, and faculty members who offer guidance in academics and career planning. Students are admitted based on their TEAS score, though other factors are weighed in as well. Southeastern Illinois College has an active nursing club that engages with the community through service and advocacy, aiming to increase the presence and voices of aspiring nurses as well as those of nursing professionals.

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98.95 Victor Valley College 3 9 Victorville CA
Victor Valley College is located in Victorville, California.  The nursing program is housed under the Dr. Prem Reddy School of Health Sciences Department.  They offer an RN degree and an LVN to RN option.  Their nursing program “prepares students for an entry-level position in nursing practice. The structure of this program promotes professional and personal growth, including continuing education, and provides upward and lateral mobility for career options.”
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98.90 Laredo Community College 1 10 Laredo TX
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98.82 Pikes Peak Community College 1 11 Colorado Springs CO
Pikes Peak Community College is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  They offer an RN program and a dual enrollment RN to BSN program.  Their RN program is unique in that students enrolled may exit with their LPN at a designated point in the program rather than continuing for the full program if they so choose.  The dual enrollment program allows the RN student to also take classes towards their BSN while working towards their ADN.  This would allow the student to first obtain their ADN but still have credits for their BSN after completion of the program.
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98.82 Seminole State College of Florida 1 11 Sanford FL
Seminole State College of Florida is located in Sanford, Florida.  They offer a generic RN program.  They also offer a concurrent ASN-BSN program with University of Central Florida, which allows the student to complete both ASN and BSN requirements simultaneously.
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98.79 Coastal Alabama Community College (James H Faulkner State) 1 12 Bay Minette AL
Coastal Alabama Community College is located in Bay Minette, Alabama and is known to have one of the lowest tuition rates in Alabama. They offer a number of nursing programs – an LPN program, a nursing mobility program (LPN to RN), and an RN program. Nursing graduates from Faulkner State Community College are prepared to be critical thinkers, practicing safely and effectively in a variety of healthcare settings.
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98.72 Washington State Community College 1 13 Marietta OH
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98.59 East Central College 2 14 Union MO
East Central College is a comprehensive community college with three campus locations. East Central College offers two different programs that result in an ADN degree. The main campus in Union and the one in Rolla offer a pre-licensure program. An LPN to RN Bridge program is offered at the Rolla location as well.

Both education sites have the approval of the Missouri State Board of Nursing, and are well-equipped with clinical simulation labs. This exposes students to technology and allows them to apply knowledge and skills to high-fidelity human patient simulators. The program places great importance on access and flexibility, allowing students to pave their way to a nursing career while balancing other aspects of their lives. Some courses are offered online. Students will be prepared for their future roles as nurses through the combined classroom and clinical components of the program, which cultivate strong, competent, and caring professionals. Enrollment is once annually, in the fall.

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98.57 Great Basin College 1 15 Elko NV
Great Basin College is located in various locations in Nevada, with its nursing programs being located in Elko, Pahrump and Winnemucca.  Nursing programs are offered beginning in the fall semester and students are awarded an associate’s degree upon completion.  At this time, they do not offer an LPN to RN.  They do,however, offer an online RN to BSN program
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98.52 Holmes Community College 3 16 Goodman MS
Holmes Community College is a public school in Goodman, MS. The school offers an ACEN accredited ADN program as well as an LPN-RN track.

The ADN program is a two-year track that aims to prepare students for nursing roles in a variety of healthcare settings. With a balance of general education, nursing theory, and clinical experience, the program provides comprehensive preparation for students to meet the expanding and evolving healthcare demands of the community. Graduates that meet the requirements of the State Board of Nursing are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Holmes’ ADN program is accredited by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning of Mississippi in addition to the aforementioned ACEN accreditation.

The program focuses on two pillars, the first one being to ensure competency, as in the understanding of a nurse’s commitment to ethical and scientific principles alongside the excellent performance of specific tasks. The second pillar is grounded in equality, with a mission to provide equal access for traditional and nontraditional students. Students may enroll in the fall or in the spring.

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98.52 University of Pikeville 1 16 Pikeville KY
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98.52 Eastern Kentucky University 1 16 Richmond KY
Eastern Kentucky University is located in Richmond, Kentucky.  EKU offers a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a second degree BSN program.  They also have a wide variety of post-graduate options for those who want to continue their education after graduating with their BSN degree.
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98.44 Jackson State Community College 1 17 Jackson TN
Jackson State Community College is located in Jackson, Tennessee.  The average RN program requires 60 credits and their RN program requires 65 for degree completion.  They offer an RN program and an LPN Mobility option, allowing the LPN advanced placement into the program.
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98.41 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 4 18 Perkinston MS

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is a public institution. The school offers five ACEN accredited programs in the nursing discipline: an ADN program, a Health Care Assistant (HCA) program, a Practical Nursing (PN) program, and LPN to RN hybrid and non-hybrid programs.

The ADN program is designed to help students gain the understanding of holistic patient care that incorporates compassionate care, cultural sensitivity, and adapts to the physiological, psychosocial and spiritual needs of clients. Students will also become familiar with research and critical thinking skills to cultivate reliable clinical judgment.

MGCCC focuses on matriculated the well-rounded, general nurse who is a strong and trustworthy healthcare provider, and is able to be an excellent team member in various healthcare settings.

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98.40 Rowan College at Gloucester County 1 19 Sewell NJ
Rowan College at Gloucester County (formerly Gloucester County College) is located in Sewell, New Jersey.  They offer a generic nursing track and an LPN to RN track.  Rowan College has partnerships with other universities, such as Rowan University, Drexel University an Wilmington University, allowing nursing students to attend both schools simultaneously, earning credits for both their RN an BSN degrees.
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98.37 Chattanooga State Community College 2 20 Chattanooga TN
Chattanooga State Community College is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The Baroness Erlanger Nursing Program offers an AAS in nursing; this program is subdivided into day and night programs.  They also offer an AAS Transition track, which is available to LPNs and paramedics.  Paramedics are accepted into the night program, and are accepted on even-numbered years.
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98.33 Worcester State University 1 21 Worcester MA
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98.33 San Juan College 1 21 Farmington NM
San Juan College is located in Farmington, New Mexico.  San Juan College offers both ADN and BSN programs.  The BSN program is actually in partnership with University of Mexico; students first earn their ADN degree, then subsequently earn their BSN degree – only 30 credits are completed at the University of Mexico.
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98.33 Robeson Community College 1 21 Lumberton NC
Robeson Community College is located in Lumberton, North Carolina.  RCC offers an 2 ADN options – a general ADN option and a premajor nursing option.  The premajor option allows the student to take university credits in preparation for a BSN degree after graduation from RCC, which will transfer to a variety of North Carolina universities.
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98.33 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College 2 21 Valdosta GA
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98.33 Cape Fear Community College 1 21 Wilmington NC
Cape Fear Community College is located in Wilmington, North Carolina.  CFCC offers a practical nursing program, an RN program and a nursing transition option, which is an LPN to RN option.  They are proud to announce that their 2015 NCLEX-RN pass rate was 100%.
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98.26 Pierce College at Puyallup 1 22 Puyallup WA
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98.20 Chattahoochee Technical College 3 23 Marietta GA
Chattahoochee Technical College is located in Marietta, Georgia.  They offer a variety of nursing options, from a practical nursing option, to an ASN option, to an LPN to RN bridge option.  The ASN program can be completed in four months, whereas the LPN to RN bridge program can be completed in three months.
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98.17 York Technical College 1 24 Rock Hill SC
York Technical College is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  They  offer a DAS (diploma) for practical nursing, a AAS degree – Gen Tech Nursing – Practical, an AAS – Nursing (ADN) and an AAS – Gen Tech to Nursing (ADN).  Their program is a collaboration with University of South Carolina Lancaster, and students (even LPN students earning AAS degree) ready themselves for advanced degrees at University of South Carolina Lancaster.
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98.17 Northwest Mississippi Community College 5 24 Senatobia MS

Northwest Mississippi Community College is a public community college in Senatobia, Mississippi. The institution first opened its doors in 1928, and has grown tremendously since then. The Division of Nursing offers an ADN program that is ACEN accredited, as well as an LPN-RN Transition program. The Division of Nursing strives to prepare community-oriented nurses that can provide excellent, patient-centered care in diverse settings. They also place emphasis on laboratory and clinical learning environments to stimulate student education and to increase outcomes. The program’s facility features highly technical simulation and skills laboratories, and provides students with professional career preparation through nursing seminar classes and Student Nurses Association memberships.

Graduates of their ADN program are eligible and well-prepared to write the NCLEX-RN examination. The college also offers summer sessions for students who want to fulfill their curriculum requirements during the summer months. Students may enroll twice a year, in the fall and in the spring.

 

 

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98.15 Lakes Region Community College 1 25 Laconia NH
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98.15 Big Bend Community College 2 25 Moses Lake WA
Big Bend Community College is located in Moses Lake, Washington.  They offer a career ladder program.  The program allows students to become a Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C) after the first quarter, an LPN after the third quarter and an ADN at the completion of the program.
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98.08 Sierra College 4 26 Rocklin CA
Sierra College is located in Rocklin, California.  Their nursing department offers a CNA program, and their RN program offers both the general RN program and an LVN to RN option.  In addition, students may elect to pursue their BSN concurrently with the River City Collaborative, which means that they would have certain BSN degree requirements to attend do while they are completing their ADN education
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98.01 State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota 2 27 Bradenton FL
State College of Florida – Manatee – Sarasota has campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, Florida.  It is the region’s first and largest public college.  They offer multiple nursing programs, from an ADN program, to a BSN program to an ADN to RN and an RN to BSN program.
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98.00 Nashville State Community College 3 28 Nashville TN
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97.92 Rogue Community College 2 29 Grants Pass OR
Rogue Community College is locate in Grants Pass, Oregon.  They offer an ADN degree; they also offer an advanced placement option for LPNs for the second year of the nursing program.  In order to be eligible for advanced placement, you must have worked at least 500 hours as an LPN.  The program reserves at least 4 spots for LPNs.
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97.81 Clinton Community College 3 30 Plattsburgh NY

Clinton Community College was established in 1966 in the Town of Plattsburgh, NY. CCC has a residential campus, providing an immersive educational experience. They offer an ADN program and an LPN-RN bridge program. Both offerings are ACEN accredited and students may apply and enroll annually in the fall. The core values of the nursing department consist of integrity, holistic care, academic excellence and lifelong learning, diversity, and critical reasoning and reflection. They place great importance on analysis skills in order to apply evidence-based, clinically judged nursing care for patients of all creeds. The nursing department’s philosophy is: “Educating students to integrate the science and caring art of nursing, while providing safe, quality, patient-centered care, and utilizing evidence-based practice, teamwork and technology.”

Students may apply and enroll annually in the fall. CCC’s program has a solid statewide reputation for providing excellent nursing education on the ADN level. The program values knowledge as much as the well-being of its students, placing a focus on self awareness as well as the cultivation of professional identity.

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97.78 Monterey Peninsula College 5 31 Monterey CA
Monterey Peninsula College has multiple campuses – in Oceanside, Monterey and Seaside, California.  The Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing offers an RN degree with an LVN to RN option  Unique to the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing is the Men in Nursing Program, which promotes and recruits men in the nursing program, then works towards male retention in nursing.
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97.73 Los Angeles Harbor College 6 32 Wilmington CA
Los Angeles Harbor College is located in Wilmington, California.  They offer an RN program and an LVN to RN program.
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97.70 Johnston Community College 2 33 Smithfield NC
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97.64 North Iowa Area Community College 1 34 Mason City IA
North Iowa Area Community College is located in Mason City, Iowa. NIACC is proud to boast that it is Iowa’s oldest community college, having been founded in 1918.  NIACC offers an LPN and an ADN program.  They also have a partnership with various universities that allow ADN graduates to pursue their BSN after graduation; the University of Iowa is local, and there are also various other education options for the ADN graduate.
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97.63 Howard College 2 35 Big Spring TX
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97.63 College of the Albemarle 3 35 Elizabeth City NC
College of the Albemarle is located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  They offer an LPN program an LPN to ADN program and an ADN program.  They also offer a pre-BSN nursing pathway, which is for students who would like to obtain their general education credits but have not yet been admitted to a nursing program.  They also have an RN to BSN Step Center, which helps students who have recently graduated with their ADN assistance in selecting an RN to BSN/RN to MSN program.
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97.62 Southside Virginia Community College 2 36 Alberta VA
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97.51 Chemeketa Community College 3 37 Salem OR
Chemeketa Community College is located in Salem, Oregon.  Their program is a ladder program, where first the student earns their LPN and then their RN degree.  They also have an LPN to RN entry option, should a spot open up in the program for an eligible LPN.  They also have inter-institutional agreements with Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and Linfield College for students seeking RN to BSN programs.
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97.51 Southwest Mississippi Community College 6 37 Summit MS

Southwest Mississippi Community College offers an ACEN accredited ADN program. The coursework strikes a balance between clinical and laboratory experience, current nursing theory, as well as general education. Their mission is to prepare nurses who are able to provide excellent care in a variety of health care settings. Students at Southwest will be cultivating their critical thinking skills in order to become professional members of an interdisciplinary health care team. The nursing school also places an emphasis on healthcare innovation and adaptability, giving students ample opportunity to challenge themselves in clinical simulations.

There are two opportunities for enrollment each academic year, in the fall and in the spring semesters. For those who are Licensed Practical Nurse, there is an LPN to RN bridge program as well, which can be applied for through their regular admissions processes twice a year. Those interested in the bridge program have the opportunity for advanced placement, allowing them to matriculate from the program at an accelerated pace.

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97.38 Tallahassee Community College 3 38 Tallahassee FL
Tallahassee Community College is located in Tallahassee, Florida.  Tallahassee offers a variety of nursing programs; they offer a traditional ASN program and a BSN program.  They also offer an RN to BSN program and a Health Profession to RN program.  The Health Profession to RN program is designed for LPNs and paramedics to achieve their RN license.
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97.34 Colorado Mountain College 2 39 Glenwood Springs CO
Colorado Mountain College is located in various locations throughout Colorado.  They offer both an ADN and a BSN program at their Breckenridge and Spring Valley locations.  Having the BSN program on-campus allows their students to continue for their BSN degree immediately after obtaining their ADN degree.
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97.31 Northeast Mississippi Community College 7 40 Booneville MS

Northeast Mississippi Community College is a public school located in Booneville, Mississippi. The college opened its doors in 1948 as an agricultural and junior college. Since then, NMCC has evolved into a multi-disciplinary college, including a nursing division. The nursing school offers an ACEN accredited ADN program, as well as a Practical Nursing (LPN) program. NMCC’s ADN program offers students a well-rounded education that focuses on instructional hours in local clinical facilities.

The core mission of NMCC’s program is to prepare competent, caring professionals, who have the knowledge necessary to become a registered nurse and an excellent member of a healthcare team. The program can be completed in 5 semesters, though students may choose to complete the curriculum at a slower pace, as long as they complete it within 5 years of initial admission.

LPNs interested in obtaining an ADN from NMCC may be eligible for advanced placement, offering a more challenging curriculum. Students may enroll in the fall and in the spring for all of NMCC’s nursing programs.

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97.31 John Tyler Community College 3 40 Chester VA
John Tyler Community College is located in Chester, Virginia.  They offer an ADN degree with two tracks.  The traditional track has classroom time Monday through Friday, with clinical experiences that may be days, evenings and/or weekends.  The Hybrid Distance Education Track (HDET) is delivered online, with occasional participation on-campus.  Clinical experiences are still days, evenings and/or weekends.
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97.26 Mitchell Community College 4 41 Statesville NC
Mitchell Community College is located in Statesville, North Carolina.  They offer an associate’s degree RN.  MCC has a collaboration with Lenoir-Rhyne University called the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN), which allows a seamless transition for students after graduation in competing their BSN degree.
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97.24 Arkansas Northeastern College 1 42 Blytheville AR
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97.15 Clackamas Community College 4 43 Oregon City OR
Clackamas Community College is located in Eugene, Oregon.  CCC offers an ADN degree.  CCC opened in 1966 and has evolved into a school with 3 campuses and more than 38,000 students, with over 1,300 classes taught each term.
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97.10 State Fair Community College 3 44 Sedalia MO
State Fair Community College is a public community college in Sedalia, Missouri. The nursing division offers a bi-level program that allows students to become LPNs after year 1, or to complete a second year with an ADN diploma and NCLEX preparedness.

At SFCC, the focus is on a blend of modern technology and traditional nursing theory. Classrooms are equipped with SMART board technology, and students will spend time in a dedicated health computer lab. This cultivates their familiarity with information processes, nursing technology, and analytical techniques.

SFCC also has human patient simulators, which enhance students’ critical decision-making skills in a hands-on manner. SFCC places great importance on personal growth, development, teamwork, and the ability to apply the knowledge in various healthcare settings. SFCC also has an active Nursing Club, which fosters a community of like-minded individuals who are focusing on similar goals. Applicants can enroll once a year in the fall.

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97.10 Bismarck State College 1 44 Bismarck ND
Bismarck State College is located in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Through the Dakota Nursing Program, a collaboration of several community colleges, a standardized nursing program allows students to earn their LPN and then their RN in a stepwise fashion.  They are also eligible for bridge programs for RN to BSN/RN to MSN with neighboring universities.
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97.06 Hartnell College 7 45 Salinas CA
Hartnell College is located in Salinas, California.  Their nursing curriculum “is evolving and embraces new ideas and technology, yet is guided by foundational elements of safety, quality, and ethical-legal standards.”  Their ADN program is four semesters (or two years) after completion of about a year of prerequisites.
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97.04 Wake Technical Community College 5 46 Raleigh NC
Wake Technical Community College is located in Raleigh, North Carolina.  They offer an ADN degree and an advanced placement option for LPNs.  The WTCC Department of Nursing is “proud of our reputation in the community for preparing excellent, well-qualified nurses.”
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96.99 NHTI-Concord's Community College 2 47 Concord NH
NHTI – Concord’s Community College is located in Concord, New Hampshire.  They offer an ADN degree (generic) and an LPN to RN option.  They also offer an RN to BSN Public Pathway (with Granite State College) and an RN to BSN Pathway with Saint Anselm College; both pathways allow ADN graduates to complete their third year towards a BSN degree at NHTI before transferring to their chosen school to complete the program.
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96.92 Saddleback College 8 48 Mission Viejo CA
Saddleback College is located in Mission Viejo, California.  They offer a generic RN program and an LVN to RN program.  They also have a “Southern California New Graduate RN Transition Program” that is open to Orange County community college nursing graduates who have graduated within the past year; it is designed to transition the nurse from the school setting directly into the work setting.  The program pairs the new graduate with a practicing RN for the duration of the program, working approximately 240 hours on the night shift.
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96.91 Central Oregon Community College 5 49 Bend OR
Central Oregon Community College is located in Bend, Oregon.  COCC offers ADN program.  Their program is a career ladder program, with an exit point that at the Practical Nurse (PN) and Registered Nurse (RN) levels.  Their program is highly competitive.
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96.85 Brunswick Community College 6 50 Bolivia NC
Brunswick Community College is located in Bolivia, North Carolina.  BCC offers a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  Their ADN program requires that its students complete a certified nursing aide (CNA) certification or have their LPN prior to enrollment in the program.
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96.82 Valencia College 4 51 Orlando FL
Valencia College is located in Orlando, Florida.  Valencia College offers a couple different bridge programs – an RN to BSN program and an “Advanced Standing Track”.  Their Advanced Standing Track is a unique program; it allows LPNs, paramedics, registered invasive cardiovascular specialists, and registered respiratory therapists to enter the program and become an RN.
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96.81 Western Piedmont Community College 7 52 Morganton NC
Western Piedmont Community College is located in Morganton, North Carolina.  WPCC offers an associate’s degree in nursing.  They are proud to note that in 2008, they were one of seven North Carolina community colleges to be designated an “exceptional” community college.
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96.80 Itawamba Community College 8 53 Fulton MS

Itawamba Community College is a public school in Fulton, MS that first opened its doors in 1920 as a high school with an agricultural focus. Today, Itawamba offers a plethora of programs in various disciplines, including a two year ADN program within their nursing division. Graduates of the program will receive an ADN degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX exam for Registered Nurses. The program offers one class per year beginning each fall.

ICC’s nursing program offers a comprehensive curriculum that integrates basic and complex principles of knowledge, practice and application of nursing care. Students enrolled in the program will develop academic skills and application strategies to become caring, competent and professional registered nurses. Itawamba Community College’s focus lies on preparing graduates to pass the licensure exam on the first write, sending out exemplary, well-rounded registered nurses who are capable of being reliable members of health care teams in various settings.

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96.74 Gaston College 8 54 Dallas NC
Gaston College is located in Dallas, North Carolina.  They offer a variety of nursing options – a practical nursing program, an ADN program, an LPN to ADN program and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is a pathway program that is designed in conjunction with various local universities, which makes the program more affordable to the student.
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96.66 Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College 2 55 Orangeburg SC
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  OCtech offers a practical nursing program, an ADN program and an ADN FLEX program; the FLEX program is the LPN to ADN program operates from January to December, with classes being offered on-campus and online.  Clinicals are offered on weekends.
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96.63 North Dakota State College of Science 2 56 Wahpeton ND
North Dakota State College of Science is located in Wahpeton, North Dakota.  They offer several options for their nursing students; they offer an LPN diploma, an LPN AAS, which is designed for students who will eventually seek to obtain their ADN, and an ADN degree.
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96.54 Blackhawk Technical College 1 57 Janesville WI
Blackhawk Technical College is located in Janesville, Wisconsin.  They offer an ADN degree.  They also offer an LPN progression program, which allows the LPN to advance their degree.  The LPN must take a bridge course prior to enrollment, but then is able to join the other students in the third semester of the program.
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96.51 Gordon State College 4 58 Barnesville GA
Gordon State College is located in Barnesville, Georgia.  Their nursing deparment offers a couple of unique options.  They have a traditional ASN program and an LPN to RN program.  In addition, they have an RN-BSN completion degree, which allows their RN students to obtain a BSN degree.
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96.49 Peninsula College 3 59 Port Angeles WA
Peninsula College is located in Port Angeles, Washington.  They offer an ADN program.  They offer advanced placement for LPNs, but only if spaces allow in the program – they do not have spaces available for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Peninsula College offers dozens of scholarships to its nursing students for those that apply.
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96.45 Cecil College 1 60 North East MD
Cecil College is located in North East, Maryland.  They offer a RN program and an LPN program.  On their website, Cecil College publishes certain statistics that they have collected, and they are proud to boast that over the past 5 years, their graduates have an overall 92.93% job placement rate.  They also have a 98.6% student satisfaction rate with their nursing programs.
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96.40 Greenville Technical College 3 61 Greenville SC
Greenville Technical College is located in Greenville, South Carolina.  They are one of the largest ADN programs in South Carolina and have been in operation since 1971.  Their program is an ADN program and they also have a BSN transfer option with USC Upstate.
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96.33 Simmons College 3 62 Boston MA

Simmons College is a private school in Boston, MA that was founded in 1899. Though all undergraduate programs are women-only, they do offer co-educational graduate programs. The nursing school offers a BSN program as well as a BSN to MSN program. The traditional four year program is centered around compassionate and skillful applications of nursing principles. With simulation labs, a core curriculum and a clinical education program, students at Simmons will be immersed in a full-time, supportive experience.

For adult learners they offer a special program: the Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars Program, which is a BSN track that is to be completed in 16 months or two years. This program is open for those who are 24 or older. The 16 month option is ideal for those with a previous non-nursing bachelor’s degree who want to complete the program at an accelerated pace. The 2 year option is for those desiring a part-time program that does not require the student to hold a previous bachelor’s degree.

The school also offers a unique mentoring program entitled the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring program which is tailored to the needs, experiences, and prospective success of Native American, Asian, Latina, and African American students who are part of the nursing program.

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96.30 Fox Valley Technical College 2 63 Appleton WI
Fox Valley Technical College is located in Appleton, Wisconsin.  FVTC offers a variety of options for its students; they offer an ADN degree but they also offer a pathway for LPNs and paramedics that allows them entrance into the program.  They also offer refresher courses for LPNs and RNs who are out of practice and need to review their skills before returning to the workforce.
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96.30 Gwinnett Technical College 5 63 Lawrenceville GA
Gwinnett Technical College is located in Lawrenceville, Georgia.  They offer a variety of options for their students – a traditional ADN program, an LPN-RN bridge program and a paramedic bridge program, which allows paramedics to bridge to their RN degree.
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96.30 Clatsop Community College 6 63 Astoria OR
Clatsop Community College is located in Astoria, Oregon.  They currently offer an ADN program.  Effective as of Fall 2016, they no longer offer an LPN program and are subsequently no longer offering advanced placement for their RN program.
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96.30 Manchester Community College 3 63 Manchester NH
Manchester Community College is located in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Their nursing program has a variety of options – there is both full-time and part-time ADN programs.  There is also a practical nursing program and an LPN to RN program, which is a hybrid program, meaning that it utilizes both online and on-campus courses.
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96.30 Central Carolina Technical College 4 63 Sumter SC
Central Carolina Technical College is located in Sumter, South Carolina.  They offer an ADN program and an LPN to ADN program.  The LPN to ADN program allows for advanced placement into the ADN program.
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96.24 Mississippi Delta Community College 9 64 Moorhead MS
Mississippi Delta Community College is a public community college with its main campus in Moorhead, Mississippi. The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) was introduced and established in 1964.

Their program places emphasis on preparing well-rounded, professional nurses who are able to deliver quality care in a variety of health care settings. These settings may include adult medical-surgical units, intensive care, pediatrics, gerontology, psychiatry, oncology, orthopedics, emergency care, cardiovascular, neurology, and education. MDCC emphasizes the importance of a supportive and collaborative community that is inclusive and respectful of different backgrounds. This inclusivity extends to patient care; graduates are prepared to accommodate the needs of diverse patient populations.

Alongside the significant exposure students will have to environments in which nurses practice, MDCC’s program emphasizes the many roles a nurse often takes on within these settings, including that of a caregiver, advocate, educator, communicator, and manager of care. Mississippi Delta Community College’s ADN program is ACEN accredited, and students may enroll once a year in the fall semester.

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96.22 Milwaukee Area Technical College 3 65 Milwaukee WI
Milwaukee Area Technical College is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  They offer an RN program and an LPN-RN Educational Progression program.  Students opting to apply to the LPN-RN program should know that at least one year of LPN experience is required.  The program begins in August and January each year.
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96.14 Mountain View College 3 66 Dallas TX
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96.04 Hopkinsville Community College 2 67 Hopkinsville KY
Hopkinsville Community College is located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  They offer an RN program, but do not offer an LPN to RN program at this time, although they do offer an LPN program.  Hopkinsville Community College is primarily attended by students residing in western Kentucky and also northern Tennessee.
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96.04 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas 2 67 Helena AR
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96.00 Chaffey College 9 68 Rancho Cucamonga CA
Chaffey College is located in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  Their nursing program was founded in 1957 and was one of the first five associate’s degree nursing programs in California.  They offer an RN program, a VN to RN program and a VN to RN (non-degree option).
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95.97 Albany Technical College 6 69 Albany GA
Albany Technical College is located in Albany, Georgia.  Their RN nursing program is relatively new – it opened its doors in 2012.  They had an existing LPN nursing program in place.  Their nursing program has a traditional RN program and an LPN-RN bridge path.
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95.97 Scottsdale Community College 1 69 Scottsdale AZ
Scottsdale Community College is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.  This community college is known to offer perks to its students, such as the latest versions of Windows and Microsoft Office suite; this allows their students to have the latest technology with which to do their assignments.  They also offer academic support services to students in a variety of topics.  Scottsdale Community College offers an ADN program.
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95.94 Santa Rosa Junior College 10 70 Santa Rosa CA
Santa Rosa Junior College is located in Forestvilla, California.  They offer an RN and an LVN to RN program.  In addition, they have a partnership with Sonoma State University School of Nursing, allowing graduates to pursue their BSN or MSN after graduation from Santa Rosa Junior College.
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95.93 John A Logan College 2 71 Carterville IL

John A. Logan College is located in Carterville, IL. They offer an ACEN accredited ADN program that only admits students who have completed a Practical Nursing program and have obtained their LPN license. The program does have two options for curriculum delivery, either traditionally or in a hybrid format. Do note that students can enroll in JALC’s PN program, but they cannot immediately transition into the ADN program. Students must work and gain experience for one year after licensure before applying to the ADN program.

John A. Logan College fosters a diverse and supportive student community. The nursing program is rooted in Maslow’s theory of needs, aiming to prepare students who can resolve those lower, physiological needs of their patients so that they can go back out into the world pursuing their desired paths. Students will be trained to provide competent, evidence-based care, and will be guided by a supportive group of faculty and peers.

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95.93 NorthWest Arkansas Community College 3 71 Bentonville AR
Northwest Arkansas Community College is located in Bentonville. Their nursing program is ideal for a variety of student types, as some of their classes are available online. In addition, classes are also offered at their other campuses in Springdale or Farmington.
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95.91 North Central Missouri College 4 72 Trenton MO
North Central Missouri College is a public community college in Trenton, Missouri that first opened its doors in 1925. The school’s nursing division offers a PN program as well as an on-campus and online ADN program. Both of these programs are offered at the main campus in Trenton, as well as at NCMC’s Maryville Outreach Site. For those seeking night and weekend courses, the Bethany Outreach Site offers a night and weekend PN program.

The mission of the Nursing Department at NCMC is to prepare students for the ever-changing healthcare needs of various populations. The curriculum has a progressive lens, with a focus on competency and care. Students will be familiarized with technology and analysis skills, as well as communication techniques and leadership development. The nursing department is dedicated to providing excellent nursing education that allows graduates to enter the workforce confidently in any healthcare setting.

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95.80 Rappahannock Community College 4 73 Glenns VA
Rappahannock Community College is located in Glenns, Virginia.  They offer an ADN program that is completed in five semesters. They also have recently offered an advanced placement option for LPNs.  RCC broke ground in 1970 and opened its doors in 1971.
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95.80 Mesa Community College 2 73 Mesa AZ
Mesa Community College is located in Mesa, Arizona, but has five campuses throughout the city.  Students in the RN program at Mesa Community College may also be enrolled Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP), which partners the student with a local university.  The student takes courses at both the community college and university concurrently, allowing them to earn both their RN and BSN degrees within one to two semesters of each other.
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