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 Pennsylvania State 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 Pennsylvania’s ADN programs accordingly.

#1: Pennsylvania College of Technology
One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701
https://www.pct.edu

92.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 51 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#2: Mount Aloysius College
7373 Admiral Peary Highway
Cresson, PA 16630
https://www.mtaloy.edu

91.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
2+2 Nursing Program: Associate of Science / Bachelor of Science
Average of 77 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#3: Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
850 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
https://www.pacollege.edu

90.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 240 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#4: Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020
https://www.northampton.edu

90.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 74 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#5: Butler County Community College
107 College Drive
Butler, PA 16003
https://www.bc3.edu

90.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 50 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#6: HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
https://www.hacc.edu

89.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 361 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#7: University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
504 East Main Street
Titusville, PA 16354
https://www.titusville.pitt.edu

89.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 14 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#8: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
300 Campus Drive
Bradford, PA 16701
https://www.upb.pitt.edu

89.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 23 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#9: Luzerne County Community College
1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634
https://www.luzerne.edu

88.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 119 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#10: Lock Haven University
201 University Drive
Clearfield, PA 16830
https://www.lockhaven.edu

88.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 53 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#11: Community College of Beaver County
One Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
https://www.ccbc.edu

87.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 71 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#12: Montgomery County Community College
340 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
https://www.mc3.edu

87.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 137 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#13: Community College of Allegheny County
800 Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
https://www.ccac.edu

87.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 344 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#14: Reading Area Community College
Ten South Second Street
Reading, PA 19603
https://www.racc.edu

86.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 35 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#15: Allegany College of Maryland
195 Pennknoll Road
Everett, PA 15537
https://www.allegany.edu

86.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 20 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2018-19


#16: Lehigh Carbon Community College
4525 Education Park Drive
Schnecksville, PA 18078
https://www.lccc.edu

85.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 74 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#17: Clarion University
1801 West First Street
Oil City, PA 16301
https://www.clarion.edu

85.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 40 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#18: Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
https://www.bucks.edu

85.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 82 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#19: Westmoreland County Community College
145 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood, PA 15697
https://www.westmoreland.edu

84.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 119 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#20: Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Road
Media, PA 19063
https://www.dccc.edu

83.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 152 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#21: Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
https://www.ccp.edu

81.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 87 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#22: La Roche University
9000 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
https://www.laroche.edu

77.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 12 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#23: Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546
https://www.mercyhurst.edu

76.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 85 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#24: Harcum College
750 Montgomery Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
https://www.harcum.edu

72.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 44 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#25: Pittsburgh Technical College
1111 McKee Road
Oakdale, PA 15071
https://www.ptcollege.edu

65.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Average of 35 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013-14 through 2019-20