For our 2021 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 the Maryland Board of Nursing and the test’s administrator, Pearson Vue. 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.

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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 124
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 70
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 44
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 74
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


#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: 89.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 246
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 129
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


#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: 88.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 85
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 74
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 89
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 149
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 44
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 137
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 80.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 69
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


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

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 78.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 56
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20


#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: 70.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 145
Data analyzed: Academic years 2010-11 through 2019-20