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

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#1: Warren County Community College
475 Route 57 West | Washington, NJ 07882
http://www.warren.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.4%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 20
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#2: Rowan College of South Jersey
1400 Tanyard Road | Sewell, NJ 08080
https://www.rcsj.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 110
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018, including both the Gloucester and Cumberland campuses


#3: Middlesex County College
2600 Woodbridge Avenue | Edison, NJ 08818
https://www.middlesexcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 71
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#4: Passaic County Community College
One College Boulevard | Paterson, NJ 07505
http://www.pccc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 70
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#5: County College of Morris
214 Center Grove Road | Randolph, NJ 07869
https://www.ccm.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 110
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#6: Ocean County College
One College Drive | Toms River, NJ 08754
https://www.ocean.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 137
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#7: Salem Community College
460 Hollywood Avenue | Carneys Point, NJ 08069
https://www.salemcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 24
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#8: Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse Pike | Mays Landing, NJ 08330
http://www.atlantic.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 70
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#9: Eastern International College
251 Washington Avenue | Belleville, NJ 07109
https://www.eicollege.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 23
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018, including both the Belleville and Jersey City campuses


#10: Jersey College
546 US Highway 46 | Teterboro, NJ 07608
https://www.jerseycollege.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 208
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2014 through 2018, including both the Teterboro and Ewing campuses


#11: Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road | Lincroft, NJ 07738
https://www.brookdalecc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.8%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 136
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#12: Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road | Paramus, NJ 07652
https://www.bergen.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 94
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#13: Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road | Branchburg, NJ 08876
https://www.raritanval.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 90
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#14: Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Road | West Windsor, NJ 08550
https://www.mccc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 83.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 66
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#15: Essex County College
303 University Avenue | Newark, NJ 07102
http://www.essex.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 81.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 61
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#16: Hudson County Community College
70 Sip Avenue | Jersey City, NJ 07306
https://www.hccc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 78.4%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 70
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#17: Rowan College at Burlington County
601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road | Pemberton, NJ 08068
https://www.rcbc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 76.4%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 91
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018