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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 Maryland 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 Maryland’s ADN programs accordingly.

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#1: Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway | Arnold, MD 21012
https://www.aacc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 119
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#2: Cecil College
One Seahawk Drive | North East, MD 21901
https://www.cecil.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 48
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#3: Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Drive | Hagerstown, MD 21742
http://www.hagerstowncc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 66
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#4: Frederick Community College
7932 Opossumtown Pike | Frederick, MD 21702
https://www.frederick.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 75
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#5: Community College of Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Boulevard | Baltimore, MD 21237
https://www.ccbcmd.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 250
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#6: Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Road | Westminster, MD 21157
https://www.carrollcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 71
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#7: Allegany College of Maryland
12401 Willowbrook Road SE | Cumberland, MD 21502
https://www.allegany.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 86
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#8: College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road | La Plata, MD 20646
https://www.csmd.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 87
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#9: Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road | Bel Air, MD 21015
https://www.harford.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 124
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#10: Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway | Columbia, MD 21044
https://www.howardcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.8%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 143
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#11: Chesapeake College
1000 College Circle | Wye Mills, MD 21679
https://www.chesapeake.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 45
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#12: Montgomery College
7600 Takoma Avenue | Takoma Park, MD 20912
https://www.montgomerycollege.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 137
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#13: Baltimore City Community College
2901 Liberty Heights Avenue | Baltimore, MD 21215
https://www.bccc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 80.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 54
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#14: Wor-Wic Community College
32000 Campus Drive | Salisbury, MD 21804
https://www.worwic.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 80.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 68
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18


#15: Prince George's Community College
301 Largo Road | Largo, MD 20774
https://www.pgcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 71.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 151
Data analyzed: Academic years 2008-09 through 2017-18