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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 Missouri State Board of Nursing. Whenever possible, we calculated this first-time NCLEX-PN pass rate over an extensive period of time, typically the past eight years of student performance. We then used this metric to rank all of Missouri’s LPN programs accordingly.

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#1: State Fair Community College
3201 West 16th Street | Sedalia, MO 65301
https://www.sfccmo.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 98.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 66
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes the Sedalia campus, the Eldon campus, and historical data from the Boonslick Technical Education Center


#2: Bolivar Technical College
2001 West Broadway Street | Bolivar, MO 65613
https://www.bolivarcollege.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 98.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 16
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#3: Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Road | Park Hills, MO 63601
https://mineralarea.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 97.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 22
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#4: Cass Career Center
1600 East Elm Street | Harrisonville, MO 64701
https://www.harrisonvilleschools.org/ccc

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 97.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 20
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#5: North Central Missouri College
1301 Main Street | Trenton, MO 64683
https://www.ncmissouri.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 97.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 77
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes the Trenton, Bethany, and Maryville campuses


#6: Ozarks Technical Community College
1001 East Chestnut Expressway | Springfield, MO 65802
https://www.otc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 97.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 98
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes the Springfield, Lebanon, and Table Rock campuses


#7: Texas County Technical College
6915 South US Highway 63 | Houston, MO 65483
https://www.texascountytech.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 96.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 19
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#8: Jefferson College
1000 Viking Drive | Hillsboro, MO 63050
https://www.jeffco.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 54
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#9: Lex La-Ray Technical Center
2323 High School Drive | Lexington, MO 64067
https://www.lexlaray.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 23
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#10: Washington School of Practical Nursing
1978 Image Drive | Washington, MO 63090
http://www.frcc.washington.k12.mo.us/programs/practical_nursing

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 25
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#11: Carthage Technical Center
609 River Street | Carthage, MO 64836
https://ctc.carthagetigers.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 14
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#12: Kirksville Area Technical Center
1103 South Cottage Grove Avenue | Kirksville, MO 63501
https://kirksviller3.wixsite.com/katc

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 21
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#13: Hannibal-LaGrange University
2800 Palmyra Road | Hannibal, MO 63401
https://www.hlg.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 25
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#14: Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center
1080 South Silver Springs Road | Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
https://ctc.capetigers.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 44
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#15: State Technical College of Missouri
One Technology Drive | Linn, MO 65051
https://www.statetechmo.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 14
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#16: South Central Career Center
610 East Olden Street | West Plains, MO 65775
https://www.zizzers.org/sccc

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 29
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#17: Three Rivers College
2080 Three Rivers Boulevard | Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
https://www.trcc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 79
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes the Poplar Bluff campus, the Kennett campus, and historical data from the Pemiscot County Career & Technology Center, the Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center, and the Sikeston Career & Technology Center


#18: Franklin Technology Center
810 South Wall Avenue | Joplin, MO 64801
https://www.franklintechnologycenter.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 28
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#19: Clinton Technical School
602 South Fifth Street | Clinton, MO 64735
https://cts.clintoncardinals.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 22
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#20: Nevada Regional Technical Center
2015 North West Street | Nevada, MO 64772
http://nrtc.nevadar5.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 16
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#21: Moberly Area Community College
101 College Avenue | Moberly, MO 65270
https://www.macc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 69
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes the Moberly, Columbia, and Mexico campuses


#22: Warrensburg Area Career Center
205 South Ridgeview Drive | Warrensburg, MO 64093
https://wacc.warrensburgr6.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 16
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#23: Applied Technology Services
12721 West Watson Road | Sunset Hills, MO 63127
https://www.appliedtech-stl.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 93
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018; includes both South Technical High School and Metropolitan Education & Training Center


#24: Saline County Career Center
900 West Vest Street | Marshall, MO 65340
https://www.marshallschools.com/o/career-center

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 19
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#25: Hillyard Technical Center
3434 Faraon Street | Saint Joseph, MO 64506
http://www.hillyardtech.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 26
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#26: Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
342 Vo-Tech Road | Eolia, MO 63344
https://www.pltc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 16
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#27: Waynesville Career Center
400 G.W. Lane | Waynesville, MO 65583
https://www.waynesville.k12.mo.us/waynesvillecareercenter

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 28
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#28: Rolla Technical Center
500 Forum Drive | Rolla, MO 65401
https://rtirtc.rolla31.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 27
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#29: St. Louis College of Health Careers
1297 North Highway Drive | Fenton, MO 63026
https://www.slchc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 83.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 43
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#30: Metropolitan Community College
3200 Broadway | Kansas City, MO 64111
https://www.mcckc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 82.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 62
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#31: Concorde Career College
3239 Broadway Boulevard | Kansas City, MO 64111
https://www.concorde.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 81.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 38
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#32: St. Charles Community College
One Academy Place | Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368
https://www.stchas.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 80.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 27
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#33: United States Air Force Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program
511 Spirit Boulevard | Whiteman Air Force Base, MO 65305
https://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 67.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 31
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2017 through 2018