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 New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions, 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 New York’s LPN programs accordingly.

#1: Niagara County Community College
3111 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, NY 14132
https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu

97.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 13 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#2: Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Niagara Falls
606 Sixth Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
https://www.onboces.org

96.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 17 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#3: AMG School of Nursing
110 Bridge Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
https://www.amg.edu

95.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 54 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020


#4: Maria College
700 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
https://www.mariacollege.edu

94.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 21 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#5: Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Belmont
5536 County Route 48
Belmont, NY 14813
https://www.caboces.org

94.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 8 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#6: Monroe College
2501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468
https://www.monroecollege.edu

93.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 38 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#7: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
1879 West Genesee Street Road
Auburn, NY 13021
https://www.cayboces.org

92.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 25 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#8: Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing
196 North Street
Geneva, NY 14456
https://www.mswspn.com

92.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 15 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#9: Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Lockport
50 Main Street
Lockport, NY 14094
https://www.onboces.org

92.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 6 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#10: Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
1300 Massachusetts Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
https://www.sphp.com/careers/schools-of-nursing/samaritan-hospital-school-of-nursing

91.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 14 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#11: Bronx Community College
2155 University Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
https://www.bcc.cuny.edu

90.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 4 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2018


#12: Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Olean
1825 Windfall Road
Olean, NY 14760
https://www.caboces.org

90.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 13 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#13: North Country Community College - Saranac Lake
23 Santanoni Avenue
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
https://www.nccc.edu

89.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 47 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#14: LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
https://www.laguardia.edu

88.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 62 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#15: Champlain Valley Educational Services
1585 Military Turnpike
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
https://www.cves.org

87.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 21 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#16: Suffolk County Community College - Riverhead
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road
Riverhead, NY 11901
https://www.sunysuffolk.edu

87.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 31 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#17: Erie 1 BOCES - West Seneca
705 Potter Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
https://www.e1b.org

86.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 80 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#18: Broome-Tioga BOCES
435 Glenwood Road
Binghamton, NY 13905
https://www.btboces.org

86.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 34 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#19: Hunter Business School
3601 Hempstead Turnpike
Levittown, NY 11756
https://www.hunterbusinessschool.edu

85.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 37 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020


#20: Southern Westchester BOCES
450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Second Floor
Harrison, NY 10528
https://www.swboces.org

85.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 72 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#21: Curtis High School
105 Hamilton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
https://www.curtishs.org

84.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Average of 20 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#22: Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES
1051 Dix Avenue
Hudson Falls, NY 12839
https://www.wswheboces.org

83.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 36 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#23: Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Painted Post
9579 Vocational Drive
Painted Post, NY 14870
https://www.gstboces.org

83.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 22 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#24: Eastern Suffolk BOCES
100 Second Avenue
Brentwood, NY 11717
https://www.esboces.org

83.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Adult)
Average of 167 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#25: Western Suffolk BOCES
152 Laurel Hill Road
Northport, NY 11768
https://www.wsboces.org

83.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 38 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#26: North Country Community College - Ticonderoga
11 Hawkeye Trail
Ticonderoga, NY 12883
https://www.nccc.edu

82.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 13 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#27: Erie 1 BOCES - Cheektowaga
1526 Walden Avenue, Suite 200
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
https://www.e1b.org

82.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 91 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#28: Dutchess BOCES
Five BOCES Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
https://www.dcboces.org

82.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Adult)
Average of 66 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#29: Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
20104 State Route 3
Watertown, NY 13601
https://www.boces.com

82.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 58 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#30: Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES
31 Center Street, Third Floor
Oneonta, NY 13820
https://www.oncboces.org

81.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 30 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#31: Nassau County Vocational Education & Extension Board
30 East Cherry Street
Hicksville, NY 11801
https://www.veeb.org

80.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 151 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#32: Orange-Ulster BOCES
Four Harriman Drive
Goshen, NY 10924
https://www.ouboces.org

80.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 54 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#33: North Country Community College - Malone
75 William Street
Malone, NY 12953
https://www.nccc.edu

79.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 16 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#34: Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation
179 County Route 64
Mexico, NY 13114
https://www.citiboces.org

79.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 23 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#35: Rockland BOCES
65 Parrott Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
https://www.rocklandboces.org

79.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 48 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#36: Hostos Community College
475 Grand Concourse, Suite 307
Bronx, NY 10451
https://www.hostos.cuny.edu

79.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 14 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#37: Transitions Career Institute
30-50 Whitestone Expressway, Suite 400
Flushing, NY 11354
https://www.tcilpn.com

78.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 33 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


#38: Genesee Valley BOCES - Mount Morris
27 Lackawanna Avenue
Mount Morris, NY 14510
https://www.gvboces.org

78.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 15 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2019


#39: Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Elmira
459 Philo Road
Elmira, NY 14903
https://www.gstboces.org

78.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 49 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#40: Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing
470 Skyview Centre Parkway
Rochester, NY 14622
https://www.rochesterregional.org/medical-education/training-programs/igh-school-of-practical-nursing

78.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 71 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#41: Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Ashville
2615 North Maple Avenue
Ashville, NY 14710
https://www.e2ccb.org

76.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 26 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#42: Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES
6678 County Road 32
Norwich, NY 13815
https://www.dcmoboces.com

75.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 21 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#43: Ulster BOCES
727 Grant Avenue
Lake Katrine, NY 12449
https://www.ulsterboces.org

74.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 52 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#44: Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES
110 Elwood Davis Road
Liverpool, NY 13088
https://www.ocmboces.org

74.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 122 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#45: Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Rochester
435 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14620
https://www.wflboces.org

74.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Daytime)
Average of 33 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#46: SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617
https://www.canton.edu

73.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 14 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#47: Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES
77 East North Street
Ilion, NY 13357
https://www.herkimer-boces.org

72.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 50 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#48: Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Newark
121 Drumlin Court
Newark, NY 14513
https://www.wflboces.org

72.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 44 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#49: Curtis High School
105 Hamilton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
https://www.curtishs.org

72.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Adult)
Average of 20 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#50: Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome
266 West Dominick Street
Rome, NY 13440
https://www.moboces.org

72.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 14 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2019


#51: Genesee Valley BOCES - Batavia
8250 State Street Road
Batavia, NY 14020
https://www.gvboces.org

72.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 47 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#52: Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Angola
8685 Erie Road
Angola, NY 14006
https://www.e2ccb.org

71.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 21 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2019


#53: Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona
4937 Spring Road
Verona, NY 13478
https://www.moboces.org

70.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 17 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2019


#54: Genesee Valley BOCES - Rochester
160 Wallace Way, Building Nine, Suite 209
Rochester, NY 14624
https://www.gvboces.org

69.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 24 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#55: Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
https://www.mec.cuny.edu

69.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 21 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#56: Eastern Suffolk BOCES
100 Second Avenue
Brentwood, NY 11717
https://www.esboces.org

69.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary Extended)
Average of 28 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#57: Capital Region BOCES
900 Watervliet-Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12205
https://www.capitalregionboces.org

68.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 119 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#58: Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Cassadaga
8115 Glasgow Road
Cassadaga, NY 14718
https://www.e2ccb.org

68.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 19 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#59: Clara Barton High School for Health Professions
901 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
https://www.clarabartonhs.org

68.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Average of 13 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#60: Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Rochester
435 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14620
https://www.wflboces.org

68.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
Average of 32 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#61: Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica
508 Second Street
Utica, NY 13501
https://www.moboces.org

67.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 13 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#62: Mildred Elley - Albany
855 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
https://www.mildred-elley.edu

67.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 64 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#63: Trocaire College
360 Choate Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14220
https://www.trocaire.edu

61.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 59 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#64: Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Buffalo
175 Jefferson Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14210
https://www.e2ccb.org

59.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 29 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#65: Dutchess BOCES
Five BOCES Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
https://www.dcboces.org

58.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary Extended)
Average of 2 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020


#66: Mildred Elley - New York City
25 Broadway, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10004
https://www.mildred-elley.edu

57.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 72 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#67: Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
161 Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604
https://www.reoc.brockport.edu

56.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 38 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020