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 Ohio Board of Nursing and 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 Ohio’s LPN programs accordingly.

#1: Southern State Community College
100 Hobart Drive
Hillsboro, OH 45133
https://www.sscc.edu

99.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 21 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#2: North Central State College
2441 Kenwood Circle
Mansfield, OH 44901
https://www.ncstatecollege.edu

98.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 18 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#3: Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Road
Perrysburg, OH 43551
https://www.owens.edu

98.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 26 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#4: Great Oaks Career Campuses
300 Scarlet Oaks Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45241
https://www.greatoaks.com

97.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Average of 7 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#5: Northwest State Community College
22600 State Route 34
Archbold, OH 43502
https://northweststate.edu

96.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 45 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#6: Washington State Community College
710 Colegate Drive
Marietta, OH 45750
https://www.wscc.edu

96.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 29 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#7: Knox Technical Center
308 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
https://www.knoxtechnicalcenter.com

95.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 35 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#8: ETI Technical College
2076 Youngstown-Warren Road
Niles, OH 44446
https://www.eticollege.edu

94.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 22 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#9: Tri-Rivers School of Nursing
1563 Marion-Mount Gilead Road
Marion, OH 43302
https://www.centralohionursing.com

93.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 43 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#10: Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus
1565 State Route 167
Jefferson, OH 44047
https://www.atech.edu

92.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 29 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#11: Collins Career Technical Center
11627 State Route 243
Chesapeake, OH 45619
http://www.collins-cc.edu

92.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Adult)
Average of 111 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#12: EHOVE Career Center
316 West Mason Road
Milan, OH 44846
https://www.ehove.net

92.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 54 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#13: Wayne County Schools Career Center
518 West Prospect Street
Smithville, OH 44677
http://www.wayne-jvs.k12.oh.us

92.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Adult)
Average of 40 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#14: Eastern Gateway Community College
101 East Federal Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
https://www.egcc.edu

91.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 17 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#15: Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
2545 Bailey Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
https://www.fortis.edu

91.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 47 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#16: Lorain County Community College
1005 North Abbe Road
Elyria, OH 44035
https://www.lorainccc.edu

91.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 42 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#17: Sandusky Career Center
4501 Venice Heights Boulevard
Sandusky, OH 44870
https://www.scs-k12.net/sanduskycareercenter(shs)_home.aspx

89.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 20 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#18: Hocking College
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764
https://www.hocking.edu

88.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 63 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#19: Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215
https://www.cscc.edu

88.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 57 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#20: Buckeye Hills Career Center
351 Buckeye Hills Road
Rio Grande, OH 45674
https://www.buckeyehills.net

88.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 28 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#21: Columbus School of Practical Nursing
2323 Lexington Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
https://www.ccsoh.us/practicalnursing

88.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 74 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#22: Stark State College
6200 Frank Avenue NW
North Canton, OH 44720
https://www.starkstate.edu

88.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 27 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#23: Miami Valley Career Technology Center
6800 Hoke Road
Clayton, OH 45315
https://www.mvctc.com

88.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 72 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#24: Ohio Institute of Allied Health
6245 Old Troy Pike
Huber Heights, OH 45424
https://www.oiah.edu

88.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 6 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#25: Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
400 Richards Road
Zanesville, OH 43701
https://www.mideastctc.org

88.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Adult)
Average of 43 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#26: Fortis College - Centerville
555 East Alex Bell Road
Centerville, OH 45459
https://www.fortis.edu

87.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 102 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#27: Cuyahoga Community College
2900 Community College Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
https://www.tri-c.edu

87.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 41 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#28: Rhodes State College
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804
https://www.rhodesstate.edu

87.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 30 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#29: Upper Valley Career Center
8811 Career Drive
Piqua, OH 45356
https://www.uppervalleycc.org

87.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 32 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#30: Apollo Career Center
3325 Shawnee Road
Lima, OH 45806
https://www.apollocareercenter.com

87.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 41 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#31: Professional Skills Institute
1505 Holland Road
Maumee, OH 43528
http://www.proskills.edu

86.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 105 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#32: Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
400 Richards Road
Zanesville, OH 43701
https://www.mideastctc.org

86.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Average of 13 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#33: Hondros College of Nursing
4140 Executive Parkway
Westerville, OH 43081
https://www.hondros.edu

86.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 475 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#34: Scioto County Career Technical Center
951 Vern Riffe Drive
Lucasville, OH 45648
https://www.sciototech.org

86.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 38 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#35: Butler Technology and Career Development Schools
101 Jerry Couch Boulevard
Middletown, OH 45044
https://www.butlertech.org

85.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 50 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#36: Fortis College - Columbus
4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 120
Westerville, OH 43081
https://www.fortis.edu

85.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 55 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#37: Vantage Career Center
818 North Franklin Street
Van Wert, OH 45891
https://www.vantagecareercenter.com

85.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 10 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2019 through 2020


#38: Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing
230 North Lincoln Avenue, Suite Three
Salem, OH 44460
http://www.hemspn.edu

85.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 44 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#39: Choffin Career & Technical Center
200 East Wood Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
https://www.choffinctc.com

84.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 32 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#40: Fortis College - Cincinnati
11499 Chester Road, Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45246
https://www.fortis.edu

83.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 52 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#41: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223
https://www.cincinnatistate.edu

83.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 81 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#42: Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center
1410 Industrial Drive
Chillicothe, OH 45601
https://www.pickawayross.com

83.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 36 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#43: Central Ohio Technical College
1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055
https://www.cotc.edu

83.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 49 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#44: Clark State College
570 East Leffel Lane
Springfield, OH 45501
https://www.clarkstate.edu

82.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 76 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#45: Northcoast Medical Training Academy
1832 State Route 59
Kent, OH 44240
https://www.northcoastmedicalacademy.com

82.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 50 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#46: Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing
500 Glamorgan Street
Alliance, OH 44601
https://www.accrtw.org

82.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 26 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#47: Columbiana County Career & Technical Center
9364 State Route 45
Lisbon, OH 44432
https://www.ccctc.k12.oh.us

81.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 31 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#48: Stautzenberger College
1796 Indian Wood Circle
Maumee, OH 43537
https://www.sctoday.edu

81.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 31 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#49: Northern Career Institute
34050 Glen Drive, Suite Two
Eastlake, OH 44095
https://www.ncioh.edu

81.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Adult)
Average of 58 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#50: Central School of Practical Nursing
4700 Rockside Road, Suite 250
Independence, OH 44131
https://www.cspnohio.edu

80.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 49 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#51: Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
8001 Brecksville Road
Brecksville, OH 44141
https://www.cvccworks.edu

80.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 45 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#52: Portage Lakes Career Center
4401 Shriver Road
Uniontown, OH 44685
https://www.plcc.edu

79.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 22 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#53: Wayne County Schools Career Center
518 West Prospect Street
Smithville, OH 44677
http://www.wayne-jvs.k12.oh.us

79.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Average of 11 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#54: Trumbull Career & Technical Center
528 Educational Highway
Warren, OH 44483
https://www.tctchome.com

78.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 20 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#55: Belmont College
68094 Hammond Road
Saint Clairsville, OH 43950
https://www.belmontcollege.edu

76.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 23 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#56: Auburn Career Center
8140 Auburn Road
Concord Township, OH 44077
https://www.auburncc.org

75.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 26 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#57: Athena Career Academy
5203 Airport Highway
Toledo, OH 43615
https://www.athenacareers.edu

74.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 79 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#58: Community College of the Air Force
2950 Hobson Way
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433
https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/barnes/ccaf

74.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing Technology
Average of 10 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2018 through 2020


#59: Canton City School District, Adult Career & Technical Education
2800 13th Street SW
Canton, OH 44710
https://www.ccsdistrict.org/adulted

74.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 47 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#60: Northern Career Institute
34050 Glen Drive, Suite Two
Eastlake, OH 44095
https://www.ncioh.edu

72.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Average of 9 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#61: Ross College
4300 Munson Street NW
Canton, OH 44718
https://www.rosseducation.edu

69.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 17 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2017 through 2020


#62: Bryant & Stratton College - Parma
12955 Snow Road
Parma, OH 44130
https://www.bryantstratton.edu

68.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 5 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2018 through 2020


#63: Acadia Career Institute
128 East Main Street
Woodville, OH 43469
https://www.acadiacareer.com

66.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 2 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2015


#64: ATA College - Cincinnati
225 Pictoria Drive, Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45246
https://www.ata.edu

65.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Practical Nursing
Average of 32 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2012 through 2020


#65: Collins Career Technical Center
11627 State Route 243
Chesapeake, OH 45619
http://www.collins-cc.edu

61.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Average of 3 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2016 through 2020


#66: Richard Medical Academy
5237 Renwyck Drive
Toledo, OH 43615
https://www.rmalpn.com

51.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 14 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


#67: American Institute of Alternative Medicine
6685 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, OH 43229
https://www.aiam.edu

51.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 34 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#68: Ohio Medical Career College
1133 South Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, Suite 110
Dayton, OH 45417
http://www.omcc.edu

50.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 40 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#69: Bryant & Stratton College - Akron
190 Montrose West Avenue
Akron, OH 44321
https://www.bryantstratton.edu

50.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 5 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2019 through 2020


#70: Felbry College
6055 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, OH 43231
https://www.felbrycollege.edu

39.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 24 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020