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For our 2020 rankings of LPN programs, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac compiled an extensive database of student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Aspiring practical nurses in the United States must pass this examination before they may commence practice. Thus, student performance on the NCLEX-PN exam provides an excellent benchmark for comparing the relative quality of practical nursing programs.

We used our database to calculate each program’s NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers. This is the standard program assessment metric reported by Pearson Vue (the test’s administrator) and the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Whenever possible, we calculated this first-time NCLEX-PN pass rate over an extensive period of time, typically the past decade of student performance. We then used this metric to rank all of Arizona’s LPN programs accordingly.

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#1: Eastern Arizona College
615 North Stadium Avenue | Thatcher, AZ 85552
https://www.eac.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 100.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 7
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#2: Scottsdale Community College
9000 East Chaparral Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85256
https://www.scottsdalecc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 100.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 4
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2017


#3: Northland Pioneer College
2251 East Navajo Boulevard | Holbrook, AZ 86025
https://www.npc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 98.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 28
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#4: Arizona Western College
2020 South Avenue 8E | Yuma, AZ 85365
https://www.azwestern.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 98.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 7
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#5: Glendale Community College
6000 West Olive Avenue | Glendale, AZ 85302
https://www.gccaz.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 98.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 7
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#6: Central Arizona College
8470 North Overfield Road | Coolidge, AZ 85128
https://www.centralaz.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 98.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 22
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#7: Cochise College
4190 West Highway 80 | Douglas, AZ 85607
https://www.cochise.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 98.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 46
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#8: Phoenix College
1202 West Thomas Road | Phoenix, AZ 85013
https://www.phoenixcollege.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 97.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 10
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#9: Mesa Community College
1833 West Southern Avenue | Mesa, AZ 85202
https://www.mesacc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 6
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#10: Pima Community College
2202 West Anklam Road | Tucson, AZ 85709
https://www.pima.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 73
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the Career Training Certificate program and the AAS program with PN exit option


#11: GateWay Community College
108 North 40th Street | Phoenix, AZ 85034
https://www.gatewaycc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 171
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the Fast Track program, the AAS program with PN exit option, and historical data from the Maricopa Skill Center and the SouthWest Skill Center


#12: Mohave Community College
1971 Jagerson Avenue | Kingman, AZ 86409
https://www.mohave.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 29
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the Practical Nursing Certificate program and the AAS program with PN exit option


#13: Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 North Dysart Road | Avondale, AZ 85323
https://www.estrellamountain.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 11
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#14: East Valley Institute of Technology
1601 West Main Street | Mesa, AZ 85201
https://www.evit.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 80.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 18
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018