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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 Tennessee Board of Nursing. 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 Tennessee’s LPN programs accordingly.

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#1: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville
100 White Bridge Road | Nashville, TN 37209
https://www.tcatnashville.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 92
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#2: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville
1100 Liberty Street | Knoxville, TN 37919
https://www.tcatknoxville.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 103
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#3: Tennessee Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program
1405 Madison Street | Shelbyville, TN 37160
https://www.tcatshelbyville.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 115
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the TCAT Shelbyville and TCAT McMinnville campuses


#4: Appalachian Regional Practical Nursing Program
355 Scott High Drive | Huntsville, TN 37756
https://www.tcatoneida.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 65
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#5: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson
740 Highway 46 South | Dickson, TN 37055
https://www.tcatdickson.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 88
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#6: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown
821 West Louise Avenue | Morristown, TN 37813
https://www.tcatmorristown.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 69
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#7: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton
1500 Arney Street | Elizabethton, TN 37643
https://www.tcatelizabethton.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 127
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#8: Jackson Regional Practical Nursing Program
2468 Technology Center Drive | Jackson, TN 38301
https://www.tcatjackson.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 117
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#9: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman
1745 Harriman Highway | Harriman, TN 37748
https://www.tcatharriman.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 27
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2015 through 2018


#10: South Central Regional Practical Nursing Program
1233 East College Street | Pulaski, TN 38478
https://www.tcatpulaski.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 33
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#11: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston
740 High Tech Drive | Livingston, TN 38570
https://www.tcatlivingston.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 78
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#12: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris
312 South Wilson Street | Paris, TN 38242
https://www.tcatparis.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 62
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#13: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens
1635 Vo-Tech Drive | Athens, TN 37371
https://www.tcatathens.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 35
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#14: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis
550 Alabama Avenue | Memphis, TN 38105
https://www.tcatmemphis.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 43
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#15: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald
813 West Main Street | Hohenwald, TN 38462
https://www.tcathohenwald.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 64
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#16: Four Rivers Regional Practical Nursing Program
127 Industrial Drive | Ripley, TN 38063
https://www.tcatripley.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 108
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#17: Chattanooga State Community College
4501 Amnicola Highway | Chattanooga, TN 37406
https://www.chattanoogastate.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 85.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 76
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#18: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville
716 McMurry Boulevard | Hartsville, TN 37074
https://www.tcathartsville.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 51
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#19: Chattanooga College
5600 Brainerd Road, Suite B38 | Chattanooga, TN 37411
https://www.chattanoogacollege.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 81.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 17
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#20: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro
1303 Old Fort Parkway | Murfreesboro, TN 37129
https://www.tcatmurfreesboro.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 79.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 45
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2015 through 2018


#21: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville
910 Miller Avenue | Crossville, TN 38555
https://www.tcatcrossville.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 78.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 37
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2015 through 2018