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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 Missouri 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 Missouri’s ADN programs accordingly.

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#1: State Fair Community College
3201 West 16th Street | Sedalia, MO 65301
https://www.sfccmo.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 97.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 49
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#2: Columbia College
1001 Rogers Street | Columbia, MO 65216
https://www.ccis.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 63
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes both the Columbia and Lake Ozark campuses


#3: North Central Missouri College
1301 Main Street | Trenton, MO 64683
https://www.ncmissouri.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.4%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 71
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes both the Trenton and Maryville campuses


#4: Cox College
1423 North Jefferson Avenue | Springfield, MO 65802
https://www.coxcollege.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 66
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#5: Ozarks Technical Community College
1001 East Chestnut Expressway | Springfield, MO 65802
https://www.otc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 42
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#6: Hannibal-LaGrange University
2800 Palmyra Road | Hannibal, MO 63401
https://www.hlg.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 32
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#7: Moberly Area Community College
101 College Avenue | Moberly, MO 65270
https://www.macc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 44
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#8: Lincoln University
820 Chestnut Street | Jefferson City, MO 65101
https://www.lincolnu.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 46
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes the Fort Leonard Wood campus and historical data from the Jefferson City campus


#9: East Central College
1964 Prairie Dell Road | Union, MO 63084
https://www.eastcentral.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.8%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 47
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes both the Union and Rolla campuses


#10: St. Louis Community College
5600 Oakland Avenue | Saint Louis, MO 63110
https://www.stlcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 161
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes the Forest Park, Florissant Valley, and Meramec campuses


#11: St. Charles Community College
One Academy Place | Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368
https://www.stchas.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 63
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#12: Metropolitan Community College
3200 Broadway | Kansas City, MO 64111
https://www.mcckc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 134
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#13: Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Road | Park Hills, MO 63601
https://mineralarea.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 52
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#14: Crowder College
601 Laclede Avenue | Neosho, MO 64850
https://www.crowder.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.8%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 100
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes the Neosho, Cassville, McDonald County, and Nevada campuses


#15: Three Rivers College
2080 Three Rivers Boulevard | Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
https://www.trcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 62
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes both the Poplar Bluff and Sikeston campuses


#16: Southwest Baptist University
4431 South Fremont Avenue | Springfield, MO 65804
https://www.sbuniv.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 155
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#17: Bolivar Technical College
2001 West Broadway Street | Bolivar, MO 65613
https://www.bolivarcollege.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 16
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#18: Missouri State University - West Plains
128 Garfield Avenue | West Plains, MO 65775
https://www.wp.missouristate.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 40
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#19: Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
2001 William Street | Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
https://www.sehcollege.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 65
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#20: Jefferson College
1000 Viking Drive | Hillsboro, MO 63050
https://www.jeffco.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 80.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 55
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#21: Texas County Technical College
6915 South US Highway 63 | Houston, MO 65483
https://www.texascountytech.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 80.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 18
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018