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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 Indiana State Board of Nursing. Whenever possible, we calculated this first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate over an extensive period of time, typically the past eight years of student performance. We then used this metric to rank all of Indiana’s ADN programs accordingly.

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#1: Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute
8000 South Education Drive | Terre Haute, IN 47802
https://www.ivytech.edu/terrehaute

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 79
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#2: Ivy Tech Community College - Evansville
3501 First Avenue | Evansville, IN 47710
https://www.ivytech.edu/evansville

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 50
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#3: Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington
200 Daniels Way | Bloomington, IN 47404
https://www.ivytech.edu/bloomington

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 71
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#4: Ivy Tech Community College - Indianapolis
50 West Fall Creek Parkway North Drive | Indianapolis, IN 46208
https://www.ivytech.edu/indianapolis

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 188
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#5: Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette
3101 South Creasy Lane | Lafayette, IN 47903
https://www.ivytech.edu/lafayette

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 71
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#6: Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus
4475 Central Avenue | Columbus, IN 47203
https://www.ivytech.edu/columbus

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.8%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 41
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#7: Ivy Tech Community College - Fort Wayne
3800 North Anthony Boulevard | Fort Wayne, IN 46805
https://www.ivytech.edu/fortwayne

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 110
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#8: Ivy Tech Community College - Valparaiso
3100 Ivy Tech Drive | Valparaiso, IN 46383
https://www.ivytech.edu/valparaiso

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.8%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 60
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#9: Bethel University
1001 Bethel Circle | Mishawaka, IN 46545
https://www.betheluniversity.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 34
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#10: University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring Street | Fort Wayne, IN 46808
https://www.sf.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 85
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes both the Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses


#11: Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend / Elkhart
220 Dean Johnson Boulevard | South Bend, IN 46601
https://www.ivytech.edu/southbendelkhart

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 60
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#12: Ivy Tech Community College - Sellersburg
8204 Old Indiana Highway 311 | Sellersburg, IN 47172
https://www.ivytech.edu/sellersburg

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 95
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#13: Ivy Tech Community College - Muncie
4301 South Cowan Road | Muncie, IN 47302
https://www.ivytech.edu/muncie

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 83.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 99
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#14: Ivy Tech Community College - Kokomo
1815 East Morgan Street | Kokomo, IN 46903
https://www.ivytech.edu/kokomo

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 83.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 88
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#15: Vincennes University
1002 North First Street | Vincennes, IN 47591
https://www.vinu.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 83.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 63
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes both the Vincennes and Jasper campuses


#16: Ivy Tech Community College - Madison
590 Ivy Tech Drive | Madison, IN 47250
https://www.ivytech.edu/madison

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 81.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 66
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#17: Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
2357 Chester Boulevard | Richmond, IN 47374
https://www.ivytech.edu/richmond

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 81.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 40
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#18: Ivy Tech Community College - Lake County
1440 East 35th Avenue | Gary, IN 46409
https://www.ivytech.edu/lakecounty

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 80.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 60
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#19: Ancilla College
9601 South Union Road | Donaldson, IN 46513
https://www.ancilla.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 79.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 24
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#20: Fortis College
9001 North Wesleyan Road, Suite 101 | Indianapolis, IN 46268
https://www.fortis.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 71.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 25
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2012 through 2018