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For our 2020 rankings of ADN programs, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac compiled an extensive database of student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Aspiring registered nurses in the United States must pass this examination before they may commence practice. Thus, student performance on the NCLEX-RN exam provides an excellent benchmark for comparing the relative quality of associate’s degree programs.

We used our database to calculate each program’s NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers. This is the standard program assessment metric reported by Pearson Vue (the test’s administrator) and the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Whenever possible, we calculated this first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate over an extensive period of time, typically the past decade of student performance. We then used this metric to rank all of Arizona’s ADN programs accordingly.

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#1: Mesa Community College
1833 West Southern Avenue | Mesa, AZ 85202
https://www.mesacc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 96.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 151
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#2: Paradise Valley Community College
18401 North 32nd Street | Phoenix, AZ 85032
https://www.paradisevalley.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 34
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#3: Scottsdale Community College
9000 East Chaparral Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85256
https://www.scottsdalecc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.8%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 110
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#4: GateWay Community College
108 North 40th Street | Phoenix, AZ 85034
https://www.gatewaycc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 184
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#5: Chandler-Gilbert Community College
2626 East Pecos Road | Chandler, AZ 85225
https://www.cgc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.4%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 52
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#6: Phoenix College
1202 West Thomas Road | Phoenix, AZ 85013
https://www.phoenixcollege.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 101
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#7: Yavapai College
1100 East Sheldon Street | Prescott, AZ 86301
https://www.yc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 92
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#8: Glendale Community College
6000 West Olive Avenue | Glendale, AZ 85302
https://www.gccaz.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 142
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#9: Pima Community College
2202 West Anklam Road | Tucson, AZ 85709
https://www.pima.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 174
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#10: Mohave Community College
1971 Jagerson Avenue | Kingman, AZ 86409
https://www.mohave.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 94
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#11: Eastern Arizona College
615 North Stadium Avenue | Thatcher, AZ 85552
https://www.eac.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 60
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#12: Northland Pioneer College
2251 East Navajo Boulevard | Holbrook, AZ 86025
https://www.npc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 43
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#13: Arizona Western College
2020 South Avenue 8E | Yuma, AZ 85365
https://www.azwestern.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 64
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#14: Central Arizona College
8470 North Overfield Road | Coolidge, AZ 85128
https://www.centralaz.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 50
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#15: Pima Medical Institute
2121 North Craycroft Road, Building 1 | Tucson, AZ 85712
https://www.pmi.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 91
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the Tucson and Mesa campuses


#16: Cochise College
4190 West Highway 80 | Douglas, AZ 85607
https://www.cochise.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 58
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#17: Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 North Dysart Road | Avondale, AZ 85323
https://www.estrellamountain.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 55
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#18: Coconino Community College
2800 South Lone Tree Road | Flagstaff, AZ 86001
https://www.coconino.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 32
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#19: Carrington College
2149 West Dunlap Avenue | Phoenix, AZ 85021
https://www.carrington.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 82.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 66
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the Phoenix, Mesa, and Tucson campuses