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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
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs in the country.

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

Recommended RN to BSN Programs

Online Nursing Schools with CCNE or ACEN Accreditation

We compiled the first-time NCLEX passing for more than 1,002 RN-ADN programs across the United States for as many as 7 years running. We then complied our results and ranked the top 983 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 College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, GA 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
2 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
3 Danville Community College Danville, VA 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
4 Helena College University of Montana Helena, MT 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
5 Stanbridge College Irvine, CA 100.00 2016, 2017, 2018
6 Reedley College Reedley, CA 100.00 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
7 Coahoma Community College Clarksdale, MS 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
8 Chabot College Hayward, CA 99.22 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
9 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS 99.19 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
10 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA 99.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
11 Lane Community College Eugene, OR 99.06 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
12 Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg, IL 99.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
13 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA 98.95 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
14 Laredo Community College Laredo, TX 98.90 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
15 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL 98.82 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
16 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO 98.82 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
17 Coastal Alabama Community College (James H Faulkner State) Bay Minette, AL 98.79 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
18 Washington State Community College Marietta, OH 98.72 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
19 Great Basin College Elko, NV 98.57 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
20 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS 98.52 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
21 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY 98.52 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
22 University of Pikeville Pikeville, KY 98.52 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
23 Jackson State Community College Jackson, TN 98.44 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
24 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS 98.41 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
25 Rowan College at Gloucester County Sewell, NJ 98.40 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
26 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN 98.37 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
27 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC 98.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
28 San Juan College Farmington, NM 98.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
29 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta, GA 98.33 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
30 Robeson Community College Lumberton, NC 98.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
31 Pierce College at Puyallup Puyallup, WA 98.26 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
32 Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta, GA 98.20 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
33 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS 98.17 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
34 York Technical College Rock Hill, SC 98.17 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
35 Lakes Region Community College Laconia, NH 98.15 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
36 Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA 98.15 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
37 Sierra College Rocklin, CA 98.08 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
38 State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota Bradenton, FL 98.01 2010, 2011, 2017, 2018
39 Nashville State Community College Nashville, TN 98.00 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
40 Rogue Community College Grants Pass, OR 97.92 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
41 Monterey Peninsula College Monterey, CA 97.78 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
42 Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington, CA 97.73 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
43 Johnston Community College Smithfield, NC 97.70 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
44 North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA 97.64 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
45 Howard College Big Spring, TX 97.63 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
46 College of the Albemarle Elizabeth City, NC 97.63 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
47 Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, VA 97.62 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
48 Southwest Mississippi Community College Summit, MS 97.51 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
49 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR 97.51 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
50 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, FL 97.38 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
51 Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, CO 97.34 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
52 Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville, MS 97.31 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
53 John Tyler Community College Chester, VA 97.31 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
54 Mitchell Community College Statesville, NC 97.26 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
55 Arkansas Northeastern College Blytheville, AR 97.24 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
56 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR 97.15 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
57 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND 97.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
58 Hartnell College Salinas, CA 97.06 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
59 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC 97.04 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
60 NHTI-Concord's Community College Concord, NH 96.99 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
61 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA 96.92 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
62 Central Oregon Community College Bend, OR 96.91 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
63 Brunswick Community College Bolivia, NC 96.85 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
64 Valencia College Orlando, FL 96.82 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
65 Western Piedmont Community College Morganton, NC 96.81 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
66 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS 96.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
67 Gaston College Dallas, NC 96.74 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
68 Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg, SC 96.66 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
69 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND 96.63 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
70 Blackhawk Technical College Janesville, WI 96.54 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
71 Gordon State College Barnesville, GA 96.51 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
72 Peninsula College Port Angeles, WA 96.49 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
73 Cecil College North East, MD 96.45 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
74 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC 96.40 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
75 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA 96.30 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
76 Manchester Community College Manchester, NH 96.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
77 Central Carolina Technical College Sumter, SC 96.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
78 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI 96.30 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
79 Clatsop Community College Astoria, OR 96.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
80 Mississippi Delta Community College Moorhead, MS 96.24 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
81 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI 96.22 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
82 Mountain View College Dallas, TX 96.14 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
83 Hopkinsville Community College Hopkinsville, KY 96.04 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
84 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Helena, AR 96.04 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
85 Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, CA 96.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
86 Albany Technical College Albany, GA 95.97 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
87 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ 95.97 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
88 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA 95.94 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
89 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR 95.93 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
90 John A Logan College Carterville, IL 95.93 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
91 Rappahannock Community College Glenns, VA 95.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
92 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 95.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
93 Hazard Community and Technical College Hazard, KY 95.78 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
94 Northwest State Community College Archbold, OH 95.75 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
95 Denver School of Nursing Denver, CO 95.73 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
96 Blinn College Brenham, TX 95.71 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
97 Northwest Florida State College Niceville, FL 95.69 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
98 Moorpark College Moorpark, CA 95.66 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
99 Louisiana Delta Community College Monroe, LA 95.65 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
100 Surry Community College Dobson, NC 95.59 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: 1,002
  • Ranked RN-ADN Programs: 983
AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

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