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Not so funny thing happens on the way to finding a great nursing program, nurses can’t find meaningful rankings of the schools they might want to attend. With  1133 ADN and  975 BSN programs in the United States, there are hundreds of awesome programs that you may never know about.

Imagine finding an accredited program, with low tuition rates an high NCLEX-RN passing rate from a college or university you never considered applying for. For that scenario, and for many others is why spent more than $10,000 to research and publish our rankings. Here is our method:

Asked What You Wanted to Know About ADN / BSN Program Rankings

  1. We researched data points and available information
  2. Asked 53 nursing colleagues for their opinion on what mattered most to nursing students
  3. Surveyed over 9,578 nurses from our E-Mail list

Collected the Institution, Program and NCLEX Testing Data from the Following Sources

  • The State Board of Nursing from Each State
  •  1133 Programs
  •  975 BSN Programs
  • U.S. Department of Education: College Scorecard
  • U.S. Department of Education – OPE
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics

Compiled Essential ADN and BSN Nursing Data

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
  • NCLEX-BSN Pass Rates
  • Program details from  1133 ADN Programs
  • Program details  975 BSN Programs
  • ACEN Accreditation
  • CCNE Accreditation
  • Institutional Ranking
  • Net Price to Attended the College
  • Institution Graduation Rate
  • Institution Retention Rate
  • Campus and/or Online Program Offerings

How We Calculated RN Program Rankings

First, we removed the schools based on the following filters:

  1. Schools with no NCLEX pass rates are not included.
  2. We did not include nursing programs with no NCLEX pass rates for last year of reporting available for that state. For example, if the a state board of nursing reported 2017 NCLEX passing rates and a school didn’t report for 2017, we don’t include that school’s ranking this year’s rankings.
  3. For schools with fewer than 3 students taking the NCLEX test for a particular year, we did not include that school for this year’s rankings.
  4. For nursing programs with fewer than 3 years of pass rates, those schools are not including in the rankings.
  5. Schools whose nursing programs are known to be closed or will be closed are also not included in this year’s rankings.

Then, we ranked nursing programs on the following formula:

  1. We report as many as seven years of NCLEX pass rates if available that far back for each state. Each state gathers and reports NCLEX passing rates for varying years. See the table below the years that each state report and if they provide the numbers of students taking the test for each nursing program.
  2. Then, we factored the recency of passing rates. The more recent a school’s NCLEX pass rates, count more tor are more valuable than older pass rates and score the schools based on their average pass rates.

Our rankings measure programs against other programs within the state. States do not report NCLEX testing results in a uniform way. Some are late, some report only 1 year, some five years and some do not report no results.

What You Should Consider About Our Rankings

  • No site or publication can rank the right university for your individual needs as a student. To that end, we like to think of our rankings as a great starting point in your college evaluation process, and not the ending point.
  • Bear in mind that the net price figures will vary significantly between different students based on previous education credits, financial aid eligibility, and unique personal circumstances and others. Search or a school’s Net-Price Calculator so you can find out a close estimate of what your actual, personal costs will be.
  • Because we believe that school rankings is only a starting point and it are a subjective accumulated data point at best, and because we believe that tuition and graduation rate is just as important as being ranked by US News, Princeton Review, or Washington Monthly, all of the metrics we used were weighted equally.

Top ADN and BSN Program Rankings by State

View all RN Program rankings by state using the map below

  • ACEN Accredited RN Programs: 1
  • CCNE Accredited RN Programs: 657
  • Total ADN Degree Programs: 1133
  • Ranked ADN Degree Programs: 914
  • Total BSN Degree Programs: 975
  • Ranked BSN Degree Programs: 615
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