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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 Virginia Board of 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 Virginia’s ADN programs accordingly.

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#1: Danville Community College
1008 South Main Street | Danville, VA 24541
https://www.danville.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 20
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#2: John Tyler Community College
1051 Johnston-Willis Drive | Richmond, VA 23235
https://www.jtcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 109
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the Traditional Track and the Hybrid Distance Education Track


#3: New River Community College
5251 College Drive | Dublin, VA 24084
https://www.nr.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.8%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 43
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#4: J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
700 East Jackson Street | Richmond, VA 23219
https://www.reynolds.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 116
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the traditional AAS program, the LPN-to-AAS daytime program, and the LPN-to-AAS evening/weekend program


#5: Germanna Community College
2130 Germanna Highway | Locust Grove, VA 22508
https://www.germanna.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 92
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#6: Riverside College of Health Careers
316 Main Street | Newport News, VA 23601
https://www.riversideonline.com/rshc

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 65
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the AAS program and historical data from the RN diploma program at Riverside School of Professional Nursing


#7: Rappahannock Community College
12745 College Drive | Glenns, VA 23149
https://www.rappahannock.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 42
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#8: Southside College of Health Sciences
430 Clairmont Court, Suite 200 | Colonial Heights, VA 23834
https://www.bonsecours.com/jobs-education/schools-education/southside-college-of-health-sciences

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 41
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the AAS program and historical data from the RN diploma program at Southside Regional Medical Center Professional Schools


#9: Southside Virginia Community College
109 Campus Drive | Alberta, VA 23821
http://www.southside.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.6%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 42
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the Christanna Campus, the John H. Daniel Campus, and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center


#10: Virginia Western Community College
3094 Colonial Avenue SW | Roanoke, VA 24015
https://www.virginiawestern.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.0%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 52
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#11: Lord Fairfax Community College
173 Skirmisher Lane | Middletown, VA 22645
https://www.lfcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 66
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the Middletown and Fauquier campuses


#12: Tidewater Community College
120 Campus Drive | Portsmouth, VA 23701
https://www.tcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.9%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 97
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#13: Northern Virginia Community College
6699 Springfield Center Drive | Springfield, VA 22150
https://www.nvcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.8%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 182
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the Medical Education Campus program, the Online Hybrid RN program, and historical data from the Arlington Center program


#14: Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
100 VHCC Drive | Abingdon, VA 24210
https://www.vhcc.edu/current-students/academic-resources/programs/health/virginia-appalachian-tricollege-nursing-program-vatnp

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 153
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#15: Centra College of Nursing
905 Lakeside Drive, Suite A | Lynchburg, VA 24501
https://www.centrahealth.com/ccon

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.4%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 60
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the ADN program and historical data from the RN diploma program at Lynchburg General Hospital School of Nursing


#16: Piedmont Virginia Community College
501 College Drive | Charlottesville, VA 22902
https://www.pvcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 75
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#17: Thomas Nelson Community College
99 Thomas Nelson Drive | Hampton, VA 23666
https://www.tncc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 68
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the Hampton and Historic Triangle campuses


#18: Wytheville Community College
1000 East Main Street | Wytheville, VA 24382
https://www.wcc.vccs.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 50
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the traditional AAS program and the Advanced Placement LPN-to-AAS program


#19: Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing
7704 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1000 | Falls Church, VA 22043
https://www.standardcollege.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 34
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#20: Saint Michael College of Allied Health
8305 Richmond Highway, Suite 10A | Alexandria, VA 22309
https://www.stmichaelcollegeva.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 12
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#21: Blue Ridge Community College
One College Lane | Weyers Cave, VA 24486
https://www.brcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 59
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#22: Eastern Virginia Career College
10304 Spotsylvania Avenue, Suite 400 | Fredericksburg, VA 22408
https://www.evcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 26
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#23: Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
1000 Dabney Drive | Clifton Forge, VA 24422
https://www.dslcc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.5%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 29
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#24: Patrick Henry Community College
645 Patriot Avenue | Martinsville, VA 24112
https://www.patrickhenry.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.4%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 39
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#25: Fortis College
6300 Center Drive, Suite 100 | Norfolk, VA 23502
https://www.fortis.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 82.3%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 47
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018; includes both the Norfolk and Richmond campuses


#26: ECPI University
1001 Omni Boulevard, Suite 200 | Newport News, VA 23606
https://www.ecpi.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 82.1%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 286
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the Newport News, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach campuses


#27: Paul D. Camp Community College
100 North College Drive | Franklin, VA 23851
https://www.pdc.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 80.7%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 30
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the traditional AAS program and the Advanced Placement LPN-to-AAS program


#28: Bryant & Stratton College
8141 Hull Street Road | North Chesterfield, VA 23235
https://www.bryantstratton.edu

NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 76.2%
Average number of ADN students graduating annually: 44
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes the Richmond, Hampton, and Virginia Beach campuses