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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 Massachusetts Board of Registration in 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 Massachusetts’ LPN programs accordingly.

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#1: Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School
940 County Street | Taunton, MA 02780
https://www.bptech.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 98.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 39
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#2: Southeastern Technical Institute
250 Foundry Street | South Easton, MA 02375
https://www.stitech.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 98.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 41
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#3: Blue Hills Regional Technical School
800 Randolph Street | Canton, MA 02021
https://www.bluehills.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 96.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 36
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#4: Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
65 Pleasant Street | Upton, MA 01568
https://www.valleytech.k12.ma.us

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 17
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#5: Northern Essex Community College
100 Elliott Street | Haverhill, MA 01830
https://www.necc.mass.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 25
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#6: Greater Lowell Technical High School
250 Pawtucket Boulevard | Tyngsborough, MA 01879
https://www.gltech.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 68
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#7: North Shore Community College
One Ferncroft Road | Danvers, MA 01923
https://www.northshore.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 31
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#8: Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
220 Sandwich Road | Bourne, MA 02532
https://www.uppercapetech.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 53
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#9: Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
215 Fitchburg Street | Marlborough, MA 01752
https://www.assabetvalleylpn.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 34
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#10: Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School
251 Stonehaven Road | Fall River, MA 02723
https://www.dimanregional.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 46
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#11: Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
57 Old Muggett Hill Road | Charlton, MA 01507
http://www.baypath.net

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 21
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2010 through 2018


#12: Greenfield Community College
One College Drive | Greenfield, MA 01301
https://www.gcc.mass.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 26
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#13: Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street | Gardner, MA 01440
https://www.mwcc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 44
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#14: Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
1050 Westminster Street | Fitchburg, MA 01420
https://www.montytech.net

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 29
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#15: Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
100 Cook Street | Billerica, MA 01821
https://www.shawsheentech.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 36
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#16: McCann Technical School
70 Hodges Cross Road | North Adams, MA 01247
https://www.mccanntech.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 17
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#17: Quinsigamond Community College
670 West Boylston Street | Worcester, MA 01606
https://www.qcc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 56
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#18: MassBay Community College
50 Oakland Street | Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
https://www.massbay.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 44
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#19: Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School
147 Pond Street | Franklin, MA 02038
https://www.tri-county.us

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 33
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#20: Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Avenue | Holyoke, MA 01040
https://www.hcc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 15
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#21: Mildred Elley
505 East Street, Suite 107 | Pittsfield, MA 01201
https://www.mildred-elley.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: N/A
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2015 through 2018


#22: Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street | Pittsfield, MA 01201
https://www.berkshirecc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 83.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 22
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#23: Quincy College
1250 Hancock Street | Quincy, MA 02169
https://www.quincycollege.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 78.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 74
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018