For our 2021 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 the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s Division of Professional Regulation, as well as by the test’s administrator, Pearson Vue. 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 Illinois’s LPN programs accordingly.

#1: CALC, Institute of Technology
200 North Center Drive, Suite A
Alton, IL 62002
https://www.calc.edu

99.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 13 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020


#2: Harper College
1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
https://www.harpercollege.edu

98.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 26 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#3: Southeastern Illinois College
3575 College Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946
https://www.sic.edu

98.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 34 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#4: Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992
https://www.shawneecc.edu

98.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 30 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#5: Illinois Valley Community College
815 North Orlando Smith Avenue
Oglesby, IL 61348
https://www.ivcc.edu

96.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 19 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#6: John A. Logan College
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918
https://www.jalc.edu

96.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 60 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#7: Illinois Central College
5407 North University Street
Peoria, IL 61614
https://www.icc.edu

96.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 26 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#8: Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
https://www.svcc.edu

95.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 18 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#9: Ambria College of Nursing
5210 Trillium Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
https://www.ambria.edu

95.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 74 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#10: Lake Land College
5001 Lake Land Boulevard
Mattoon, IL 61938
https://www.lakelandcollege.edu

94.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 41 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#11: Kankakee Community College
100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
https://www.kcc.edu

92.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 18 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#12: Capital Area School of Practical Nursing
2201 Toronto Road
Springfield, IL 62712
https://www.caspn.edu

90.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 119 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#13: Kaskaskia College
27210 College Road
Centralia, IL 62801
https://www.kaskaskia.edu

90.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 41 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#14: Black Hawk College
6600 34th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
https://www.bhc.edu

90.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 30 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#15: Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Road
Springfield, IL 62794
https://www.llcc.edu

89.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 22 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#16: City Colleges of Chicago
1900 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60612
https://www.ccc.edu

89.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 77 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#17: CAAN Academy of Nursing
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 420
Matteson, IL 60443
https://www.caanacademy.org

88.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 19 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#18: North Shore College
1400 South Wolf Road, Suite 104
Wheeling, IL 60090
https://www.northshorecollege.com

88.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 69 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020


#19: Beck School of Practical Nursing
6137 Beck Road
Red Bud, IL 62278
http://www.gotoccsi.org/adult-nursing-cna

87.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 58 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#20: Richland Community College
One College Park
Decatur, IL 62521
https://www.richland.edu

84.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 9 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#21: Verve College
2625 Butterfield Road, Suite 102E
Oak Brook, IL 60523
https://www.vervecollege.edu

83.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 62 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#22: Carl Sandburg College
2400 Tom L. Wilson Boulevard
Galesburg, IL 61401
http://www.sandburg.edu

83.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 27 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#23: Americare Technical School
505 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068
http://www.americaretech.com

80.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 45 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#24: Illinois College of Nursing
55 West 22nd Street, Suite 200
Lombard, IL 60148
https://www.icnursing.com

80.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 14 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020


#25: Great Paragon Healthcare
2640 West Touhy Avenue, Suite 206
Chicago, IL 60645
http://www.greatparagonhealthcare.com

78.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 20 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2012 through 2020


#26: Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821
https://www.parkland.edu

77.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 26 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#27: ATS Institute of Technology
25 East Washington Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60602
http://www.atsinstitute.edu

73.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 102 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020


#28: Aquarius Institute
1011 East Touhy Avenue, Suite 335
Des Plaines, IL 60018
https://www.aquariusinstitute.com

57.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 15 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2018 through 2020


#29: Adonis College of Nursing
1313 East Sibley Boulevard
Dolton, IL 60419
https://www.acon.edu

45.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 11 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2014 through 2020