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 Pennsylvania State 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 Pennsylvania’s LPN programs accordingly.

#1: Crawford County Career & Technical Center
860 Thurston Road
Meadville, PA 16335
http://www.crawfordctc.org

99.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 15 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#2: Community College of Beaver County
One Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
https://www.ccbc.edu

98.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 9 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#3: United Career Institute
1015 Mount Braddock Road
Mount Braddock, PA 15465
https://www.unitedcareer.edu

96.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 20 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#4: Indiana County Technology Center
441 Hamill Road
Indiana, PA 15701
https://www.ictc.edu

96.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 21 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#5: Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
3201 Rockwell Avenue
Scranton, PA 18508
https://www.ctclc.edu

95.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 48 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#6: Chester County Intermediate Unit
443 Boot Road
Downingtown, PA 19335
https://www.cciu.org/pnp

95.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 62 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#7: Lehigh Carbon Community College
4525 Education Park Drive
Schnecksville, PA 18078
https://www.lccc.edu

94.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 33 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#8: Greene County Career & Technology Center
60 Zimmerman Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370
https://www.greenectc.org

93.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 19 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#9: Northern Tier Career Center
120 Career Center Lane
Towanda, PA 18848
https://www.ntccschool.org

93.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 26 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#10: Franklin County Career and Technology Center
2463 Loop Road
Chambersburg, PA 17202
https://www.franklincountylpn.org

93.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 42 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#11: HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
https://www.hacc.edu

93.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 77 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#12: Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center
1339 Saint Mary Street, Suite Two
Lewisburg, PA 17837
https://www.csiu.org/lpn

93.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 64 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#13: Lancaster County Career & Technology Center
422 Beaver Valley Pike
Willow Street, PA 17584
https://www.lancasterctc.edu

91.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 176 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#14: Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center
1500 Fourth Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
https://www.gactc.edu

91.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 52 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#15: Fortis Institute - Scranton
517 Ash Street
Scranton, PA 18509
https://www.fortis.edu

90.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate of Specialized Technology in Practical Nursing
Average of 65 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#16: Clearfield County Career and Technology Center
1620 River Road
Clearfield, PA 16830
https://www.ccctc.edu

90.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 36 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#17: Lenape Technical School
104 Armstrong Street
Ford City, PA 16226
https://www.lenape.k12.pa.us

90.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 82 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#18: Pennsylvania College of Technology
One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701
https://www.pct.edu

90.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 50 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#19: Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020
https://www.northampton.edu

89.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 43 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#20: Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
https://www.bucks.edu

89.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 33 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#21: York County School of Technology
2179 South Queen Street
York, PA 17402
http://www.ytech.edu

89.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 45 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#22: Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational-Technical School
576 Vo-Tech Road
Reynoldsville, PA 15851
http://www.jefftech.us

88.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 16 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#23: Mercer County Career Center
776 Greenville Road
Mercer, PA 16137
https://www.mercerccc.org

88.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 28 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#24: Venango Technology Center
One Vo-Tech Drive
Oil City, PA 16301
https://www.vtc1.org

88.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 41 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#25: Eastern Center for Arts and Technology
3075 Terwood Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
https://www.eastech.org

88.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 67 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#26: Somerset County Technology Center
281 Technology Drive
Somerset, PA 15501
http://www.sctc.net

88.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 23 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#27: Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center
350 Jumper Road
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
https://www.wbpracnsg.com

87.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 82 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#28: Penn Commercial Business / Technical School
242 Oak Spring Road
Washington, PA 15301
https://www.penncommercial.edu

87.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 17 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2012-13 through 2019-20


#29: Schuylkill Technology Center
101 Technology Drive
Frackville, PA 17931
https://www.stcenters.org

86.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 31 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#30: Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology
700 Pitt Street
Lewistown, PA 17044
https://www.academynursing.com

86.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 33 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#31: Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
445 Schoolhouse Road
Johnstown, PA 15904
https://www.gjctc.org

85.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 71 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#32: Delaware County Technical Schools
85 North Malin Road
Broomall, PA 19008
https://www.dciu.org/lpnprogram

84.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 51 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#33: Penn State Lehigh Valley
2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
https://www.lehighvalley.psu.edu

84.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 49 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#34: Western Area Career & Technology Center
688 Western Avenue
Canonsburg, PA 15317
https://www.wactc.net

84.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 43 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#35: Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
540 North Harrison Road
Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
https://www.cpi.edu

83.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 42 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#36: Fayette County Career & Technical Institute
175 Georges Fairchance Road
Uniontown, PA 15401
https://www.fayettecti.org

83.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 54 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#37: Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown
5151 Tilghman Street
Allentown, PA 18104
https://www.lincolntech.edu

82.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 89 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#38: The Rapha School
17 Griffith Drive
Home, PA 15747
https://www.theraphaschool.com

82.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 8 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2016-17 through 2018-19


#39: Reading Area Community College
Ten South Second Street
Reading, PA 19603
https://www.racc.edu

82.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 23 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#40: Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center
11893 Technology Drive
Mill Creek, PA 17060
https://www.hcctc.org

82.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 15 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#41: Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546
https://www.mercyhurst.edu

81.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 27 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#42: Clarion County Career Center
447 Career Lane
Shippenville, PA 16254
https://www.clarioncte.org

80.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 28 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#43: Pittsburgh Technical College
1111 McKee Road
Oakdale, PA 15071
https://www.ptcollege.edu

79.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 40 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#44: PITC Institute
827 Glenside Avenue, Administrative Building A
Wyncote, PA 19095
https://www.pitc.edu

79.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 54 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#45: Lebanon County Career and Technology Center
833 Metro Drive
Lebanon, PA 17042
https://www.lcctc.edu

79.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 74 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#46: Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
800 Manchester Avenue
Media, PA 19063
https://www.pit.edu

74.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 43 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#47: Health & Technology Training Institute
100 South Broad Street, Suite 900
Philadelphia, PA 19110
https://www.httiphila.org

74.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 17 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#48: Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center
2380 Elk Lake School Road
Springville, PA 18844
https://www.scctc-school.org

73.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 21 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013-14 through 2019-20


#49: Hazleton Area Career Center
1451 West 23rd Street
Hazleton, PA 18202
https://www.hasdk12.org/pnp

69.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 13 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#50: Falcon Institute of Health and Science
3045 Avenue B
Bethlehem, PA 18017
https://www.falconihs.com

68.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 32 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015-16 through 2019-20


#51: Prism Career Institute - Philadelphia
8040 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19152
https://www.prismcareerinstitute.edu

68.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 131 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2010-11 through 2019-20


#52: Great Lakes Institute of Technology
5100 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
https://www.glit.edu

66.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Average of 25 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2017-18 through 2019-20