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The Best ADN Programs in the United States

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 programs in nursing.

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 1,031 ADN Degree programs across the United States for as many as 8 years running.

Best Adn Programs In The U.s.

250 Best ADN Programs

Grade
University
State Rank
US Rank
City
State
100.00 Salem University 1 1 Salem WV
100.00 Chabot College 1 1 Hayward CA
100.00 Mississippi University for Women 1 1 Columbus MS
100.00 Grossmont College 1 1 El Cajon CA
100.00 Laredo College 1 1 Laredo TX
100.00 Copiah-Lincoln Community College 1 1 Wesson MS
100.00 Lakes Region Community College 1 1 Laconia NH
100.00 Sierra College 1 1 Rocklin CA
100.00 Davis & Elkins College 1 1 Elkins WV
99.58 Front Range Community College-Westminster 1 2 Westminster CO
99.54 San Diego City College 2 3 San Diego CA
99.37 Pennsylvania College of Technology 1 4 Williamsport PA
99.26 State Fair Community College 1 5 Sedalia MO
99.12 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 2 6 Perkinston MS
99.05 Rogue Community College 1 7 Grants Pass OR
99.03 Chemeketa Community College 2 8 Salem OR
98.99 Arapahoe Community College 2 9 Littleton CO
98.74 Louisiana Tech University 1 10 Ruston LA
98.71 Southwest Mississippi Community College 3 11 Summit MS
98.65 East Mississippi Community College 4 12 Scooba MS
98.61 York Technical College/USC Lancaster 1 13 Rock Hill SC
98.59 Northeast Mississippi Community College 5 14 Booneville MS
98.55 Kapiolani Community College 1 15 Honolulu HI
98.52 Moorpark College 3 16 Moorpark CA
98.48 Coahoma Community College 6 17 Clarksdale MS
98.39 Merritt College 4 18 Oakland CA
98.33 Cayuga County Community College 1 19 Auburn NY
98.26 Itawamba Community College 7 20 Fulton MS
98.24 Northwest Mississippi Community College 8 21 Senatobia MS
98.22 Pellissippi State Community College 1 22 Knoxville TN
98.19 Columbia State Community College 2 23 Columbia TN
98.15 Blinn College 2 24 Brenham TX
98.15 Gavilan College 5 24 Gilroy CA
98.09 South Louisiana Community College 2 25 Lafayette LA
98.08 Chattahoochee Technical College 1 26 Marietta GA
97.96 Erie Community College-North 2 27 Buffalo NY
97.89 Passaic County Community College 1 28 Paterson NJ
97.88 White Mountains Community College 2 29 Berlin NH
97.85 Mississippi Delta Community College 9 30 Moorhead MS
97.85 Hopkinsville Community College - Hopkinsville 1 30 Hopkinsville KY
97.82 Rockland Community College 3 31 Suffern NY
97.81 Southside Virginia Community College 1 32 Alberta VA
97.79 Los Angeles Harbor College 6 33 Wilmington CA
97.74 Concordia University Irvine 7 34 Irvine CA
97.68 Mira Costa College 8 35 Oceanside CA
97.66 Grand Rapids Community College 1 36 Grand Rapids MI
97.64 Pikes Peak Community College 3 37 Colorado Springs CO
97.63 Glendale Community College 9 38 Glendale CA
97.63 River Valley Community College 3 38 Claremont NH
97.61 Monterey Peninsula College 10 39 Monterey CA
97.54 St Charles Community College 2 40 Cottleville MO
97.53 College of the Siskiyous 11 41 Weed CA
97.53 College of Central Florida Ocala 1 41 Ocala FL
97.46 Manchester Community College 4 42 Manchester NH
97.42 Bismarck State College 1 43 Bismarck ND
97.34 East Central Community College 10 44 Decatur MS
97.33 Ambria College of Nursing 1 45 Hoffman Estates IL
97.27 Anne Arundel Community College 1 46 Arnold MD
97.24 NHTI-Concord's Community College 5 47 Concord NH
97.24 Jones County Junior College 11 47 Ellisville MS
97.23 Montana Tech of the University of Montana 1 48 Butte MT
97.19 Jackson State Community College 3 49 Jackson TN
97.15 Clatsop Community College 3 50 Astoria OR
97.05 Victor Valley College 12 51 Victorville CA
97.00 Sacramento City College 13 52 Sacramento CA
96.97 North Dakota State College of Science 2 53 Wahpeton ND
96.93 Kennebec Valley Community College 1 54 Fairfield ME
96.93 State College of Florida-Manatee−Sarasota 2 54 Bradenton FL
96.91 Oklahoma Wesleyan University 1 55 Bartlesville OK
96.89 Black Hawk College 2 56 Moline IL
96.87 West Virginia Junior College 2 57 Morgantown WV
96.83 Maricopa Nursing - Scottsdale Community College 1 58 Scottsdale AZ
96.80 Pearl River Community College 12 59 Poplarville MS
96.67 McHenry County College 3 60 Crystal Lake IL
96.62 North Idaho College 1 61 Coeur d'Alene ID
96.55 Holmes Community College 13 62 Goodman MS
96.55 Portland Community College 4 62 Portland OR
96.54 Stanbridge University 14 63 Irvine CA
96.53 Lane Community College 5 64 Eugene OR
96.52 Joliet Junior College 4 65 Joliet IL
96.41 Ventura College 15 66 Ventura CA
96.40 Santa Barbara City College 16 67 Santa Barbara CA
96.37 Midway College-Midway 2 68 Midway KY
96.36 Saddleback College 17 69 Mission Viejo CA
96.31 San Juan College BSN & UNM BSN Aggregated 1 70 Farmington NM
96.30 Flathead Valley Community College 2 71 Kalispell MT
96.20 Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus 2 72 Roswell NM
96.20 Great Basin College 1 72 Elko NV
96.17 Labette Community College 1 73 Parsons KS
96.13 North Central Michigan College 2 74 Petoskey MI
96.13 Rio Hondo College 18 74 Whittier CA
96.12 Mt. San Jacinto College (Mt San Jacinto Community College District) 19 75 San Jacinto CA
96.10 New Mexico State University-Carlsbad 3 76 Carlsbad NM
96.10 Harcum College 2 76 Bryn Mawr PA
96.07 Bunker Hill Community College 1 77 Boston MA
96.01 Bakersfield College 20 78 Bakersfield CA
95.94 Louisiana Delta Community College 3 79 Monroe LA
95.83 Cuesta College 21 80 San Luis Obispo CA
95.81 Cleveland State Community College 4 81 Cleveland TN
95.81 Bellingham Technical College 1 81 Bellingham WA
95.78 Northwestern State University of Louisiana 4 82 Natchitoches LA
95.78 Meridian Community College 14 82 Meridian MS
95.74 Hartnell College 22 83 Salinas CA
95.68 Imperial Valley College 23 84 Imperial CA
95.67 Chattanooga State Community College 5 85 Chattanooga TN
95.63 Los Angeles Pierce College 24 86 Woodland Hills CA
95.62 Chaffey College 25 87 Rancho Cucamonga CA
95.56 Southeastern Illinois College 5 88 Harrisburg IL
95.54 Cecil Community College 2 89 North East MD
95.50 Chesapeake College 3 90 Wye Mills MD
95.49 Southern Utah University 1 91 Cedar City UT
95.48 Southwestern Illinois College 6 92 Belleville IL
95.43 El Paso Community College 3 93 El Paso TX
95.41 Western Nevada College Carson City 2 94 Carson City NV
95.33 Dakota College at Bottineau 3 95 Bottineau ND
95.33 John A Logan College 7 95 Carterville IL
95.26 Nashville State Community College 6 96 Nashville TN
95.20 Oklahoma City Community College 2 97 Oklahoma City OK
95.19 Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) 5 98 Baton Rouge LA
95.17 Mount Aloysius College 3 99 Cresson PA
95.14 Santa Rosa Junior College 26 100 Santa Rosa CA
95.04 Simpson University 27 101 Redding CA
95.02 Amarillo College 4 102 Amarillo TX
95.01 Tacoma Community College 2 103 Tacoma WA
94.97 North Iowa Area Community College 1 104 Mason City IA
94.97 Gwinnett Technical College 2 104 Lawrenceville GA
94.92 Luzerne County Community College 4 105 Nanticoke PA
94.85 De Anza College 28 106 Cupertino CA
94.82 Idaho State University 2 107 Pocatello ID
94.81 Riverside City College 29 108 Riverside CA
94.79 Central Texas College 5 109 Killeen TX
94.67 Kaskaskia College 8 110 Centralia IL
94.60 Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing 4 111 Troy NY
94.59 Bay State College 2 112 Boston MA
94.59 Clackamas Community College 6 112 Oregon City OR
94.58 Mercer County Community College 2 113 West Windsor NJ
94.58 Texas County Technical Institute 3 113 Houston MO
94.56 Blue Ridge Community and Technical College 3 114 Martinsburg WV
94.56 College of DuPage 9 114 Glen Ellyn IL
94.56 Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) 6 114 Bossier City LA
94.48 Napa Valley College 30 115 Napa CA
94.48 PIMA Medical Institute-Tucson 2 115 Tucson AZ
94.47 Wharton County Junior College 6 116 Wharton TX
94.47 Iowa Central Community College 2 116 Fort Dodge IA
94.41 Temple College 7 117 Temple TX
94.41 Copper Mountain College (Copper Mountain Community College) 31 117 Joshua Tree CA
94.38 Modesto Junior College 32 118 Modesto CA
94.37 Hinds Community College 15 119 Raymond MS
94.33 County College of Morris 3 120 Randolph NJ
94.30 Jefferson Cmty. & Technical College-Louisville 3 121 Louisville KY
94.30 American River College 33 121 Sacramento CA
94.28 Manhattan Area Technical College 2 122 Manhattan KS
94.26 Antelope Valley College 34 123 Lancaster CA
94.26 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas - Helena 1 123 Helena AR
94.15 Three Rivers Community College 1 124 Norwich CT
94.11 Alvin Community College 8 125 Alvin TX
94.10 Skagit Valley College 3 126 Mount Vernon WA
94.10 Louisiana State University of Alexandria 7 126 Alexandria LA
94.07 University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond 3 127 Edmond OK
94.03 Marshall University Huntington Campus 4 128 Huntington WV
94.01 Greenville Technical College 2 129 Greenville SC
93.94 Central Arizona College 3 130 Coolidge AZ
93.93 Kankakee Community College 10 131 Kankakee IL
93.92 Polk State College 3 132 Winter Haven FL
93.90 Athens Technical College 3 133 Athens GA
93.87 Montgomery County Community College 5 134 Blue Bell PA
93.85 Genesee Community College 5 135 Batavia NY
93.82 WVU at Parkersburg LPN-ADN Program 5 136 Parkersburg WV
93.79 Long Beach City College 35 137 Long Beach CA
93.79 Central Maine Community College 2 137 Auburn ME
93.72 Bethel College-Indiana 1 138 Mishawaka IN
93.69 Middlesex County College 4 139 Edison NJ
93.68 Mendocino College 36 140 Ukiah CA
93.65 Alcorn State University 16 141 Alcorn State MS
93.64 Ocean County College 5 142 Toms River NJ
93.59 Oakton Community College 11 143 Des Plaines IL
93.53 El Camino College (El Camino Community College District) 37 144 Torrance CA
93.53 Evergreen Valley College 37 144 San Jose CA
93.51 Aiken Technical College 3 145 Graniteville SC
93.48 Arkansas Northeastern College - Blytheville 2 146 Blytheville AR
93.45 Carroll College 3 147 Helena MT
93.43 Lamar State College-Port Arthur 9 148 Port Arthur TX
93.42 Albany Technical College 4 149 Albany GA
93.37 Tyler Junior College 10 150 Tyler TX
93.35 Ozarks Technical Community College 4 151 Springfield MO
93.34 Mt San Antonio College 38 152 Walnut CA
93.33 North Shore Community College 3 153 Danvers MA
93.30 Los Angeles City College 39 154 Los Angeles CA
93.29 Umpqua Community College 7 155 Roseburg OR
93.24 Midland College 11 156 Midland TX
93.23 Truckee Meadows Community College 3 157 Reno NV
93.20 Tallahassee Community College 4 158 Tallahassee FL
93.16 Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health 40 159 Los Angeles CA
93.15 Lake Sumter State College 5 160 Leesburg FL
93.13 Central Wyoming College 1 161 Riverton WY
93.08 Aims Community College 4 162 Greeley CO
92.98 Williston State College 4 163 Williston ND
92.97 College of the Redwoods 41 164 Eureka CA
92.97 Monroe Community College 6 164 Rochester NY
92.93 University of Massachusetts-Amherst 4 165 Amherst MA
92.91 Linn-Benton Community College 8 166 Albany OR
92.87 Eastern Maine Community College 3 167 Bangor ME
92.87 Frederick Community College 4 167 Frederick MD
92.83 College of the Sequoias 42 168 Visalia CA
92.81 Whatcom Community College 4 169 Bellingham WA
92.79 Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College 6 170 Mount Gay WV
92.79 Community College of Allegheny County 6 170 Pittsburgh PA
92.78 Dyersburg State Community College 7 171 Dyersburg TN
92.77 South Georgia State College 5 172 Douglas GA
92.77 Austin Community College District 12 172 Austin TX
92.72 Northern Maine Community College 4 173 Presque Isle ME
92.69 Shasta College 43 174 Redding CA
92.63 Heartland Community College 12 175 Normal IL
92.60 Southern Maine Community College 5 176 South Portland ME
92.59 Olympic College 5 177 Bremerton WA
92.57 Johnson County Community College 3 178 Overland Park KS
92.56 Pasco Hernando State College (Pasco Hernando Community College) 6 179 New Port Richey FL
92.55 Hagerstown Community College 5 180 Hagerstown MD
92.53 New Mexico State University - Doña Ana Community College 4 181 Las Cruces NM
92.53 Utah Tech University 2 181 Saint George UT
92.53 Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences 5 181 Cape Girardeau MO
92.51 Delgado Community College 8 182 New Orleans LA
92.51 College of San Mateo 44 182 San Mateo CA
92.47 St Clair County Community College 3 183 Port Huron MI
92.47 Onondaga Community College 7 183 Syracuse NY
92.46 Southeastern Community College 3 184 West Burlington IA
92.44 Bucks County Community College 7 185 Newtown PA
92.42 College of Eastern Idaho 3 186 Idaho Falls ID
92.41 Middle Georgia State University 6 187 Macon GA
92.41 Hudson Valley Community College 8 187 Troy NY
92.37 Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing 5 188 Medford MA
92.35 Yavapai College 4 189 Prescott AZ
92.34 Normandale Community College 1 190 Bloomington MN
92.33 Utah Valley University 3 191 Orem UT
92.30 Middlesex Community College 6 192 Bedford MA
92.29 Muskegon Community College 4 193 Muskegon MI
92.27 Trident Technical College 4 194 Charleston SC
92.22 Greenfield Community College 7 195 Greenfield MA
92.22 Fairmont University LPN-ADN Program 7 195 Fairmont WV
92.21 Valencia College (Valencia Community College) 7 196 Orlando FL
92.20 Oklahoma Baptist University 4 197 Shawnee OK
92.16 SUNY Westchester Community College 9 198 Valhalla NY
92.15 Santa Monica College 45 199 Santa Monica CA
92.11 College of Marin 46 200 Kentfield CA
92.06 Broward Community College (Broward College) 8 201 Fort Lauderdale FL
92.05 Central Oregon Community College 9 202 Bend OR
92.04 West Kentucky Community & Technical College-Paducah 4 203 Paducah KY
92.03 Niagara County Community College 10 204 Sanborn NY
92.03 Tidewater Community College 2 204 Norfolk VA
92.03 City College of San Francisco 47 204 San Francisco CA

Source: The state Board of Nursing (BON) from each state, and each nursing school’s website. See our ranking methodology.

Best ADN Programs State-by-State

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  • Total RN-ADN Programs: 1,031

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