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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 Massachusetts Board of Registration in 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 Massachusetts’ ADN programs accordingly.

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#1: Becker College
61 Sever Street | Worcester, MA 01609
https://www.becker.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.8%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 51
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#2: Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street | Fall River, MA 02720
https://www.bristolcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 76
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#3: Lawrence Memorial / Regis College
170 Governors Avenue | Medford, MA 02155
https://www.lmregis.org

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 112
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#4: MassBay Community College
50 Oakland Street | Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
https://www.massbay.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 71
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#5: Greenfield Community College
One College Drive | Greenfield, MA 01301
https://www.gcc.mass.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 44
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#6: North Shore Community College
One Ferncroft Road | Danvers, MA 01923
https://www.northshore.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 58
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#7: Quinsigamond Community College
670 West Boylston Street | Worcester, MA 01606
https://www.qcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 104
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#8: Springfield Technical Community College
One Armory Square | Springfield, MA 01105
https://www.stcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 77
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#9: Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street | Pittsfield, MA 01201
https://www.berkshirecc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 47
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#10: Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyannough Road | West Barnstable, MA 02668
https://www.capecod.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 70
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#11: Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Avenue | Holyoke, MA 01040
https://www.hcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 40
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#12: Middlesex Community College
591 Springs Road | Bedford, MA 01730
https://www.middlesex.mass.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 75
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#13: Massasoit Community College
One Massasoit Boulevard | Brockton, MA 02302
https://www.massasoit.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 89
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#14: Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street | Gardner, MA 01440
https://www.mwcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.4%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 114
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#15: Northern Essex Community College
100 Elliott Street | Haverhill, MA 01830
https://www.necc.mass.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 83.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 56
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#16: Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue | Boston, MA 02129
https://www.bhcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 82.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 109
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#17: Quincy College
1250 Hancock Street | Quincy, MA 02169
https://www.quincycollege.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 77.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 123
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#18: Labouré College
2120 Dorchester Avenue | Boston, MA 02124
https://www.laboure.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 74.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 121
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#19: Bay State College
122 Commonwealth Avenue | Boston, MA 02116
https://www.baystate.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 69.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 28
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2012 through 2018