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

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#1: Rowan College of South Jersey
3322 College Drive | Vineland, NJ 08360
https://www.rcsj.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 100.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 15
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018; reflects the performance of Cumberland County College, which subsequently merged with Rowan College


#2: Monmouth County Vocational School District
105 Neptune Boulevard | Neptune, NJ 07753
https://www.mcvsd.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 21
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#3: Hudson County Community College
70 Sip Avenue | Jersey City, NJ 07306
https://www.hccc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 6
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#4: Salem Community College
460 Hollywood Avenue | Carneys Point, NJ 08069
https://www.salemcc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 28
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#5: Ocean County Vocational Technical School
137 Bey Lea Road | Toms River, NJ 08753
http://www.ocvts.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 64
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#6: Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools
112 Rues Lane | East Brunswick, NJ 08816
https://www.mcvts.net

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 36
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#7: Union County College
232 East Second Street | Plainfield, NJ 07060
https://www.ucc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 60
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#8: Best Care College
68 South Harrison Street | East Orange, NJ 07018
https://www.bestcarecollege.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 40
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#9: Eastwick College
250 Moore Street | Hackensack, NJ 07601
https://www.eastwick.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 88
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018; includes the Hackensack traditional program, Hackensack bilingual program, and Ramsey campus


#10: Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing
333 Hudson Terrace | Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
https://www.holyname.org/schoolofnursing

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 23
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#11: Morris County School of Technology
400 East Main Street | Denville, NJ 07834
https://www.mcvts.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 20
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#12: Jersey College
546 US Highway 46 | Teterboro, NJ 07608
https://www.jerseycollege.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 247
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018; includes both the Teterboro and Ewing campuses


#13: Lincoln Technical Institute
308 West Route 38 | Moorestown, NJ 08057
https://www.lincolntech.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 352
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018; includes the Moorestown, Iselin, and Paramus campuses


#14: Essex County College
303 University Avenue | Newark, NJ 07102
http://www.essex.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 20
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#15: Camden County College
200 College Drive | Blackwood, NJ 08012
https://www.camdencc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 83.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 17
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#16: Universal Training Institute
174 Jefferson Street | Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
https://www.universaluti.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 81.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 53
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#17: Mercer County Technical Schools
1070 Klockner Road | Trenton, NJ 08619
https://www.mcts.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 81.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 22
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#18: Merit Technical Institute
620 Essex Street, Second Floor | Harrison, NJ 07029
https://www.meritnurses.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 79.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 79
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#19: Burlington County Institute of Technology
695 Woodlane Road | Westampton, NJ 08060
https://www.bcit.cc

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 78.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 10
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#20: Berkeley College
44 Rifle Camp Road | Woodland Park, NJ 07424
https://www.berkeleycollege.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 77.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 59
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#21: Cape May County Technical Schools
188 Crest Haven Road | Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
https://www.capemaytech.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 75.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 20
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#22: Atlantic County Institute of Technology
5080 Atlantic Avenue | Mays Landing, NJ 08330
https://www.acitech.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 74.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 31
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#23: Prism Career Institute
Three Executive Campus, Suite 280 | Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
https://www.prismcareerinstitute.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 74.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 84
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018; includes both the Cherry Hill and Egg Harbor Township campuses


#24: Avtech Institute of Technology
50 Cragwood Road, Suite 350 | South Plainfield, NJ 07080
http://www.avtechusa.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 67.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 6
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#25: Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health
1333 State Route 9, Suites 4-6 | Toms River, NJ 08755
http://www.pinelandsnursing.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 67.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 25
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#26: Warren County Technical School
1500 State Route 57 | Washington, NJ 07882
http://www.wctech.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 66.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 23
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#27: Passaic County Technical Institute
197 Hamburg Turnpike West | Wayne, NJ 07470
https://www.pcti.tec.nj.us

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 65.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 38
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018