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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 1,042 ADN Degree programs across the United States for as many as 8 years running.

Best RN-ADN Programs in Nursing

Grade
University
State Rank
US Rank
City
State
100.00 Mississippi University for Women 1 1 Columbus MS
100.00 Copiah-Lincoln Community College 1 1 Wesson MS
100.00 Laredo College 1 1 Laredo TX
100.00 Chabot College 1 1 Hayward CA
100.00 Grossmont College 1 1 El Cajon CA
100.00 Sierra College 1 1 Rocklin CA
100.00 Davis & Elkins College 1 1 Elkins WV
100.00 Salem University 1 1 Salem WV
100.00 Lakes Region Community College 1 1 Laconia NH
99.50 Front Range Community College-Westminster 1 2 Westminster CO
99.50 San Diego City College 2 3 San Diego CA
99.30 Pennsylvania College of Technology 1 4 Williamsport PA
99.30 State Fair Community College 1 5 Sedalia MO
99.20 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 2 6 Perkinston MS
99.00 Rogue Community College 1 7 Grants Pass OR
99.10 Chemeketa Community College 2 8 Salem OR
99.00 Arapahoe Community College 2 9 Littleton CO
98.80 Louisiana Tech University 1 10 Ruston LA
98.80 Southwest Mississippi Community College 3 11 Summit MS
98.50 East Mississippi Community College 4 12 Scooba MS
98.60 York Technical College/USC Lancaster 1 13 Rock Hill SC
98.70 Northeast Mississippi Community College 5 14 Booneville MS
98.70 Kapiolani Community College 1 15 Honolulu HI
98.30 Moorpark College 3 16 Moorpark CA
98.50 Coahoma Community College 6 17 Clarksdale MS
98.60 Merritt College 4 18 Oakland CA
98.20 Cayuga County Community College 1 19 Auburn NY
98.30 Itawamba Community College 7 20 Fulton MS
98.30 Northwest Mississippi Community College 8 21 Senatobia MS
98.30 Pellissippi State Community College 1 22 Knoxville TN
98.30 Columbia State Community College 2 23 Columbia TN
98.10 Gavilan College 5 24 Gilroy CA
98.00 Blinn College 2 24 Brenham TX
97.80 South Louisiana Community College 2 25 Lafayette LA
98.00 Chattahoochee Technical College 1 26 Marietta GA
98.00 Erie Community College-North 2 27 Buffalo NY
98.00 Passaic County Community College 1 28 Paterson NJ
97.90 Mississippi Delta Community College 9 30 Moorhead MS
98.00 Hopkinsville Community College - Hopkinsville 1 30 Hopkinsville KY
97.90 Rockland Community College 3 31 Suffern NY
98.00 Southside Virginia Community College 1 32 Alberta VA
97.80 Los Angeles Harbor College 6 33 Wilmington CA
97.90 Concordia University Irvine 7 34 Irvine CA
97.80 Mira Costa College 8 35 Oceanside CA
97.80 Grand Rapids Community College 1 36 Grand Rapids MI
97.80 Pikes Peak Community College 3 37 Colorado Springs CO
97.60 Glendale Community College 9 38 Glendale CA
97.30 River Valley Community College 3 38 Claremont NH
97.90 Monterey Peninsula College 10 39 Monterey CA
97.70 St Charles Community College 2 40 Cottleville MO
97.60 College of the Siskiyous 11 41 Weed CA
97.20 College of Central Florida Ocala 1 41 Ocala FL
97.50 Manchester Community College 4 42 Manchester NH
97.10 Bismarck State College 1 43 Bismarck ND
97.40 East Central Community College 10 44 Decatur MS
97.30 Ambria College of Nursing 1 45 Hoffman Estates IL
97.40 Anne Arundel Community College 1 46 Arnold MD
97.30 NHTI-Concord's Community College 5 47 Concord NH
97.10 Jones County Junior College 11 47 Ellisville MS
97.30 Montana Tech of the University of Montana 1 48 Butte MT
97.30 Jackson State Community College 3 49 Jackson TN
97.40 Clatsop Community College 3 50 Astoria OR
97.30 Victor Valley College 12 51 Victorville CA
96.90 Sacramento City College 13 52 Sacramento CA
97.00 North Dakota State College of Science 2 53 Wahpeton ND
97.10 State College of Florida-Manatee−Sarasota 2 54 Bradenton FL
97.00 Kennebec Valley Community College 1 54 Fairfield ME
97.20 Oklahoma Wesleyan University 1 55 Bartlesville OK
97.00 Black Hawk College 2 56 Moline IL
96.70 West Virginia Junior College 2 57 Morgantown WV
97.00 Maricopa Nursing - Scottsdale Community College 1 58 Scottsdale AZ
96.70 Pearl River Community College 12 59 Poplarville MS
97.00 McHenry County College 3 60 Crystal Lake IL
96.80 North Idaho College 1 61 Coeur d'Alene ID
96.80 Holmes Community College 13 62 Goodman MS
96.50 Portland Community College 4 62 Portland OR
96.50 Stanbridge University 14 63 Irvine CA
96.60 Lane Community College 5 64 Eugene OR
96.70 Joliet Junior College 4 65 Joliet IL
96.30 Ventura College 15 66 Ventura CA
96.50 Santa Barbara City College 16 67 Santa Barbara CA
96.30 Midway College-Midway 2 68 Midway KY
96.40 Saddleback College 17 69 Mission Viejo CA
96.00 San Juan College BSN & UNM BSN Aggregated 1 70 Farmington NM
96.70 Flathead Valley Community College 2 71 Kalispell MT
96.20 Great Basin College 1 72 Elko NV
96.00 Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus 2 72 Roswell NM
96.60 Labette Community College 1 73 Parsons KS
96.00 Rio Hondo College 18 74 Whittier CA
96.30 North Central Michigan College 2 74 Petoskey MI
96.20 Mt. San Jacinto College (Mt San Jacinto Community College District) 19 75 San Jacinto CA
96.50 Harcum College 2 76 Bryn Mawr PA
96.50 New Mexico State University-Carlsbad 3 76 Carlsbad NM
96.30 Bunker Hill Community College 1 77 Boston MA
96.00 Bakersfield College 20 78 Bakersfield CA
95.70 Louisiana Delta Community College 3 79 Monroe LA
96.00 Cuesta College 21 80 San Luis Obispo CA
95.60 Bellingham Technical College 1 81 Bellingham WA
95.70 Cleveland State Community College 4 81 Cleveland TN
95.70 Meridian Community College 14 82 Meridian MS
95.90 Northwestern State University of Louisiana 4 82 Natchitoches LA
95.80 Hartnell College 22 83 Salinas CA
95.70 Imperial Valley College 23 84 Imperial CA
95.70 Chattanooga State Community College 5 85 Chattanooga TN
95.80 Los Angeles Pierce College 24 86 Woodland Hills CA
95.80 Chaffey College 25 87 Rancho Cucamonga CA
96.00 Southeastern Illinois College 5 88 Harrisburg IL
95.60 Cecil Community College 2 89 North East MD
95.20 Chesapeake College 3 90 Wye Mills MD
95.50 Southern Utah University 1 91 Cedar City UT
95.30 Southwestern Illinois College 6 92 Belleville IL
95.60 El Paso Community College 3 93 El Paso TX
95.00 Dakota College at Bottineau 3 95 Bottineau ND
95.30 John A Logan College 7 95 Carterville IL
95.30 Nashville State Community College 6 96 Nashville TN
95.40 Oklahoma City Community College 2 97 Oklahoma City OK
95.30 Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) 5 98 Baton Rouge LA
95.20 Mount Aloysius College 3 99 Cresson PA
95.10 Santa Rosa Junior College 26 100 Santa Rosa CA
95.10 Simpson University 27 101 Redding CA
95.10 Amarillo College 4 102 Amarillo TX
94.90 Tacoma Community College 2 103 Tacoma WA
95.10 Gwinnett Technical College 2 104 Lawrenceville GA
94.90 North Iowa Area Community College 1 104 Mason City IA
94.90 Luzerne County Community College 4 105 Nanticoke PA
94.90 De Anza College 28 106 Cupertino CA
95.20 Idaho State University 2 107 Pocatello ID
94.80 Riverside City College 29 108 Riverside CA
94.90 Central Texas College 5 109 Killeen TX
94.70 Kaskaskia College 8 110 Centralia IL
94.40 Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing 4 111 Troy NY
94.30 Bay State College 2 112 Boston MA
94.50 Clackamas Community College 6 112 Oregon City OR
94.70 Mercer County Community College 2 113 West Windsor NJ
94.60 Texas County Technical Institute 3 113 Houston MO
94.70 College of DuPage 9 114 Glen Ellyn IL
94.50 Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) 6 114 Bossier City LA
94.50 Blue Ridge Community and Technical College 3 114 Martinsburg WV
94.60 Napa Valley College 30 115 Napa CA
94.60 PIMA Medical Institute-Tucson 2 115 Tucson AZ
94.10 Wharton County Junior College 6 116 Wharton TX
94.60 Iowa Central Community College 2 116 Fort Dodge IA
94.30 Copper Mountain College (Copper Mountain Community College) 31 117 Joshua Tree CA
94.50 Temple College 7 117 Temple TX
94.50 Modesto Junior College 32 118 Modesto CA
94.30 Hinds Community College 15 119 Raymond MS
94.50 County College of Morris 3 120 Randolph NJ
94.60 American River College 33 121 Sacramento CA
94.00 Jefferson Cmty. & Technical College-Louisville 3 121 Louisville KY
94.50 Manhattan Area Technical College 2 122 Manhattan KS
94.30 Antelope Valley College 34 123 Lancaster CA
94.30 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas - Helena 1 123 Helena AR
94.00 Three Rivers Community College 1 124 Norwich CT
94.00 Alvin Community College 8 125 Alvin TX
94.20 Skagit Valley College 3 126 Mount Vernon WA
94.20 Louisiana State University of Alexandria 7 126 Alexandria LA
94.00 University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond 3 127 Edmond OK
93.70 Marshall University Huntington Campus 4 128 Huntington WV
94.20 Greenville Technical College 2 129 Greenville SC
94.10 Central Arizona College 3 130 Coolidge AZ
94.30 Kankakee Community College 10 131 Kankakee IL
94.10 Polk State College 3 132 Winter Haven FL
93.70 Athens Technical College 3 133 Athens GA
94.10 Montgomery County Community College 5 134 Blue Bell PA
94.00 Genesee Community College 5 135 Batavia NY
93.90 WVU at Parkersburg LPN-ADN Program 5 136 Parkersburg WV
93.90 Long Beach City College 35 137 Long Beach CA
93.90 Central Maine Community College 2 137 Auburn ME
93.90 Bethel College-Indiana 1 138 Mishawaka IN
93.30 Mendocino College 36 140 Ukiah CA
92.90 Alcorn State University 16 141 Alcorn State MS
93.90 Ocean County College 5 142 Toms River NJ
93.70 Oakton Community College 11 143 Des Plaines IL
93.50 El Camino College (El Camino Community College District) 37 144 Torrance CA
93.70 Evergreen Valley College 37 144 San Jose CA
93.50 Aiken Technical College 3 145 Graniteville SC
93.70 Arkansas Northeastern College - Blytheville 2 146 Blytheville AR
93.00 Carroll College 3 147 Helena MT
93.70 Lamar State College-Port Arthur 9 148 Port Arthur TX
92.60 Albany Technical College 4 149 Albany GA
93.30 Tyler Junior College 10 150 Tyler TX
93.90 Ozarks Technical Community College 4 151 Springfield MO
93.60 Mt San Antonio College 38 152 Walnut CA
93.70 North Shore Community College 3 153 Danvers MA
93.50 Los Angeles City College 39 154 Los Angeles CA
93.20 Umpqua Community College 7 155 Roseburg OR
93.30 Midland College 11 156 Midland TX
93.00 Truckee Meadows Community College 3 157 Reno NV
93.50 Tallahassee Community College 4 158 Tallahassee FL
93.20 Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health 40 159 Los Angeles CA
93.40 Lake Sumter State College 5 160 Leesburg FL
93.50 Central Wyoming College 1 161 Riverton WY
93.30 Aims Community College 4 162 Greeley CO
93.00 Williston State College 4 163 Williston ND
93.10 College of the Redwoods 41 164 Eureka CA
93.20 Monroe Community College 6 164 Rochester NY
124.30 University of Massachusetts-Amherst 4 165 Amherst MA
92.90 Linn-Benton Community College 8 166 Albany OR
93.40 Eastern Maine Community College 3 167 Bangor ME
92.90 Frederick Community College 4 167 Frederick MD
93.20 College of the Sequoias 42 168 Visalia CA
93.00 Whatcom Community College 4 169 Bellingham WA
93.00 Community College of Allegheny County 6 170 Pittsburgh PA
93.00 Dyersburg State Community College 7 171 Dyersburg TN
92.80 Austin Community College District 12 172 Austin TX
93.20 South Georgia State College 5 172 Douglas GA
92.80 Northern Maine Community College 4 173 Presque Isle ME
92.40 Shasta College 43 174 Redding CA
92.70 Heartland Community College 12 175 Normal IL
92.80 Southern Maine Community College 5 176 South Portland ME
92.80 Olympic College 5 177 Bremerton WA
92.20 Johnson County Community College 3 178 Overland Park KS
92.70 Pasco Hernando State College (Pasco Hernando Community College) 6 179 New Port Richey FL
93.00 Hagerstown Community College 5 180 Hagerstown MD
92.90 Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences 5 181 Cape Girardeau MO
92.70 New Mexico State University - Doña Ana Community College 4 181 Las Cruces NM
92.20 Dixie State University 2 181 Saint George UT
92.70 College of San Mateo 44 182 San Mateo CA
92.20 Delgado Community College 8 182 New Orleans LA
92.20 Onondaga Community College 7 183 Syracuse NY
93.00 St Clair County Community College 3 183 Port Huron MI
92.70 Southeastern Community College 3 184 West Burlington IA
92.30 Bucks County Community College 7 185 Newtown PA
92.40 College of Eastern Idaho 3 186 Idaho Falls ID
92.40 Middle Georgia State University 6 187 Macon GA
92.70 Hudson Valley Community College 8 187 Troy NY
92.00 Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing 5 188 Medford MA
92.30 Yavapai College 4 189 Prescott AZ
92.00 Normandale Community College 1 190 Bloomington MN
92.50 Utah Valley University 3 191 Orem UT
92.70 Middlesex Community College 6 192 Bedford MA
92.70 Muskegon Community College 4 193 Muskegon MI
92.40 Trident Technical College 4 194 Charleston SC
92.00 Greenfield Community College 7 195 Greenfield MA
92.50 Fairmont University LPN-ADN Program 7 195 Fairmont WV
92.60 Valencia College (Valencia Community College) 7 196 Orlando FL
92.60 Oklahoma Baptist University 4 197 Shawnee OK
92.40 SUNY Westchester Community College 9 198 Valhalla NY
92.10 Santa Monica College 45 199 Santa Monica CA
92.00 College of Marin 46 200 Kentfield CA
92.50 Broward Community College (Broward College) 8 201 Fort Lauderdale FL
92.40 Central Oregon Community College 9 202 Bend OR
92.00 West Kentucky Community & Technical College-Paducah 4 203 Paducah KY
92.00 City College of San Francisco 47 204 San Francisco CA
92.20 Niagara County Community College 10 204 Sanborn NY
92.40 Tidewater Community College 2 204 Norfolk VA
91.90 Carrington College-Reno 4 205 Reno NV
92.20 Weatherford College 13 206 Weatherford TX
91.70 Cerritos College 48 207 Norwalk CA
91.60 Jefferson Community College 11 207 Watertown NY
91.80 Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville/Essex 6 208 Baltimore MD
92.00 Treasure Valley Community College 10 208 Ontario OR
91.70 National Park College – Hot Springs (National Park Community College) 3 209 Hot Springs AR
92.00 West Hills College-Lemoore 49 210 Lemoore CA
91.80 Missouri State University-West Plains 6 211 West Plains MO
91.80 Pacific Union College 50 212 Angwin CA
91.80 Palomar College 50 212 San Marcos CA
91.00 Barton County Community College 4 213 Great Bend KS
91.70 Central Lakes College-Brainerd 2 213 Brainerd MN
91.80 Northland Pioneer College 5 214 Holbrook AZ
92.00 Maysville Community & Technical College 5 215 Maysville KY
91.50 Dodge City Community College 5 216 Dodge City KS
92.20 Spartanburg Community College 5 217 Spartanburg SC
91.70 Rochester Community and Technical College 3 218 Rochester MN
91.90 Bellevue College 6 218 Bellevue WA
91.00 Maine College of Health Professions (CMMC) 6 219 Lewiston ME
91.10 Yuba College 51 220 Marysville CA
92.00 Naugatuck Valley Community College 2 221 Waterbury CT
91.30 Motlow State Community College 8 222 Tullahoma TN
91.80 Los Angeles Valley College 52 223 Valley Glen CA
91.80 West Virginia Northern Community College 8 224 Wheeling WV
91.50 Lamar State College-Orange 14 227 Orange TX
91.30 Bristol Community College 8 227 Fall River MA
90.80 Spokane Community College 7 228 Spokane WA
91.00 William Rainey Harper College 13 229 Palatine IL
91.50 Galen College of Nursing 15 229 San Antonio TX
91.60 Suffolk County Community College Selden 12 229 Selden NY
91.30 Somerset Community College 6 229 Somerset KY
91.00 Solano Community College 53 230 Fairfield CA
91.40 College of the Desert 54 231 Palm Desert CA
91.20 Victoria College 16 232 Victoria TX
91.70 Northwest Arkansas Community College-Bentonville 4 233 Bentonville AR
91.30 Chaminade University of Honolulu 2 233 Honolulu HI
91.70 Coffeyville Community College 6 234 Coffeyville KS
91.30 Delta College 5 235 University Center MI
91.10 Northeast Community College 1 236 Norfolk NE
91.30 Elgin Community College 14 237 Elgin IL
91.50 Hill College 17 238 Hillsboro TX
91.70 Holyoke Community College 9 239 Holyoke MA
91.40 College of Coastal Georgia 7 240 Brunswick GA
91.10 Macomb Community College 6 240 Warren MI
91.10 Great Bay Community College 6 241 Portsmouth NH
91.30 University of Alaska Anchorage 1 242 Anchorage AK
91.00 Maria College of Albany 13 243 Albany NY
91.20 Germanna Community College 3 244 Locust Grove VA
90.60 South Plains College 18 245 Levelland TX
90.60 Colorado Mountain College 5 246 Glenwood Springs CO
90.50 Peninsula College 8 246 Port Angeles WA
91.00 Elizabethtown Community & Technical College 7 247 Elizabethtown KY
91.00 St. Petersburg College 9 248 St. Petersburg FL
90.30 University of Arkansas at Monticello 5 249 Monticello AR
90.40 Hawaii Community College 3 250 Hilo HI
91.10 Delaware Technical Community College-Terry 1 251 Dover DE
91.00 Santa Ana College 55 252 Santa Ana CA
90.70 Daytona State College 10 253 Daytona Beach FL
91.30 Wenatchee Valley College 9 253 Wenatchee WA
91.10 South Florida State College 11 254 Avon Park FL
90.50 Northampton Community College 8 255 Bethlehem PA
90.60 AmeriTech College-Draper 4 256 Draper UT
90.70 Porterville College 56 257 Porterville CA
90.40 Clark College 10 258 Vancouver WA
90.10 Northwestern Michigan College 7 260 Traverse City MI
90.50 North Central Texas College 19 261 Gainesville TX
90.30 Tri-County Technical College 6 262 Pendleton SC
90.30 Odessa College 20 263 Odessa TX
91.00 Contra Costa College 57 264 San Pablo CA
90.70 Galen College of Nursing-Louisville 8 265 Louisville KY
90.70 Allegany College 7 267 Cumberland MD
90.70 Monroe County Community College 8 269 Monroe MI
90.70 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury 14 269 Old Westbury NY
90.00 Navarro College 21 270 Corsicana TX
90.60 Del Mar College 22 271 Corpus Christi TX
90.40 Rivier University 7 271 Nashua NH
90.00 Owensboro Community & Technical College 11 271 Owensboro KY
90.30 Walters State Community College 9 271 Morristown TN
90.20 Glendale Career College 58 271 Glendale CA
90.14 Edgewood College 1 272 Madison WI
90.50 College of Western Idaho 4 272 Nampa ID
90.40 Galen College of Nursing 12 274 Saint Petersburg FL
90.00 Indian River State College 13 275 Fort Pierce FL
90.50 Fortis College 7 276 Columbia SC
90.10 Walla Walla Community College 11 276 Walla Walla WA
90.20 Perimeter College - Georgia State University 8 277 Atlanta GA
90.00 North Arkansas College - Harrison 6 278 Harrison AR
90.00 Harford Community College 8 280 Bel Air MD
90.00 Madisonville Community College 12 282 Madisonville KY
90.00 St Joseph's College of Nursing at St Joseph's Hospital Health Center 15 283 Syracuse NY
90.10 Lower Columbia College 13 284 Longview WA
90.10 Oakland Community College 9 286 Bloomfield Hills MI
90.00 Gateway Community & Technical College-Edgewood 13 296 Florence KY

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

Best RN-ADN Nursing Schools Ranked State-by-State

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  • Total RN-ADN Programs: 1,042
  • Ranked RN-ADN Programs: 965

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Sources: 50 State Boards of Nursing, University Websites, U.S. Department of Education, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ranking Methodology.