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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 Virginia 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 Virginia’s LPN programs accordingly.

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#1: Lord Fairfax Community College
173 Skirmisher Lane | Middletown, VA 22645
https://www.lfcc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 98.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 24
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the Middletown and Fauquier campuses


#2: Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing
2925 North Landing Road | Virginia Beach, VA 23456
https://techcenter.vbschools.com/our_school/programs/licensed_practical_nursing

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 97.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 14
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#3: Valley Career & Technical Center
49 Hornet Road | Fishersville, VA 22939
https://www.augusta.k12.va.us/valleyvts

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 96.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 13
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#4: Page County Technical Center
40 Eagle Way | Luray, VA 22835
https://www.pagecounty.k12.va.us/o/pctc

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 7
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#5: Danville Community College
1008 South Main Street | Danville, VA 24541
https://www.danville.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 9
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the AAS in Health Science program and historical data from the PN certificate program


#6: Henrico County / St. Mary's Hospital School of Practical Nursing
7850 Carousel Lane | Henrico, VA 23294
https://www.henricocte.com/career-classes/adult-education/lpn

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 23
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#7: Eastern Virginia Career College
10304 Spotsylvania Avenue, Suite 400 | Fredericksburg, VA 22408
https://www.evcc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 94.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 28
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#8: Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
1000 Dabney Drive | Clifton Forge, VA 24422
https://www.dslcc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 20
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the Rockbridge campus and historical data from the LPN-to-RN ladder program


#9: Northern Virginia Community College
6699 Springfield Center Drive | Springfield, VA 22150
https://www.nvcc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 93.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 13
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2013 through 2018


#10: Massanutten Technical Center
325 Pleasant Valley Road | Harrisonburg, VA 22801
https://www.mtcva.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 26
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#11: Smyth Career & Technology Center
147 Fox Valley Road | Marion, VA 24354
https://sctc.scsb.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 12
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#12: Chesapeake Career Center
1617 Cedar Road | Chesapeake, VA 23322
https://www.cpschools.com/ccc

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 11
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#13: Southside Virginia Community College
109 Campus Drive | Alberta, VA 23821
http://www.southside.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 47
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the Christanna Campus, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, and historical data from the Estes Community Center and the Farmville Center


#14: Rappahannock Community College
12745 College Drive | Glenns, VA 23149
https://www.rappahannock.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 90.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 18
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#15: New River Community College
5251 College Drive | Dublin, VA 24084
https://www.nr.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 16
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#16: Virginia Western Community College
3094 Colonial Avenue SW | Roanoke, VA 24015
https://www.virginiawestern.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 16
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#17: Prince William County School of Practical Nursing
8909 Euclid Avenue | Manassas, VA 20111
https://www.pwcs.edu/academics___programs/practical_nursing

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 19
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#18: Eastern Shore Community College
29300 Lankford Highway | Melfa, VA 23410
https://www.es.vccs.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 89.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 14
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#19: Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing
7704 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1000 | Falls Church, VA 22043
https://www.standardcollege.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 72
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#20: Riverside College of Health Careers
316 Main Street | Newport News, VA 23601
https://www.riversideonline.com/rshc

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 46
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#21: Fortis College
6300 Center Drive, Suite 100 | Norfolk, VA 23502
https://www.fortis.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 43
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes both the Norfolk and Richmond campuses


#22: Centra College of Nursing
905 Lakeside Drive, Suite A | Lynchburg, VA 24501
https://www.centrahealth.com/ccon

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 21
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#23: Washington County Career & Technical Education Center
255 Stanley Street | Abingdon, VA 24210
https://wcctec.wcs.k12.va.us

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.6%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 11
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#24: Chesterfield Career & Technical Center
10101 Courthouse Road | North Chesterfield, VA 23832
https://www.thetechcenter.info

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 87.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 11
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#25: Central School of Practical Nursing
1330 North Military Highway | Norfolk, VA 23502
https://www.npsk12.com/page/1411

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 12
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#26: Patrick Henry Community College
645 Patriot Avenue | Martinsville, VA 24112
https://www.patrickhenry.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 14
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the Martinsville campus and historical data from the Franklin County campus


#27: Buchanan County Career, Technology & Higher Learning Center
1124 Almarine Drive | Grundy, VA 24614
https://www.bccthlc.bcpsk12.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 12
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#28: Russell County Career & Technology Center
304 Career Tech Drive | Lebanon, VA 24266
https://rcctc.russell.k12.va.us

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 17
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#29: Mountain Empire Community College
3441 Mountain Empire Road | Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
https://www.mecc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 28
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#30: Germanna Community College
2130 Germanna Highway | Locust Grove, VA 22508
https://www.germanna.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 84.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 16
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#31: Monroe Advanced Technical Academy
42075 Loudoun Academy Drive | Leesburg, VA 20175
https://www.lcps.org/domain/23880

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 83.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 10
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#32: Giles County Technology Center
1827 Wenonah Avenue | Pearisburg, VA 24134
http://gctc.gilesk12.org

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 82.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 9
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#33: Wytheville Community College
1000 East Main Street | Wytheville, VA 24382
https://www.wcc.vccs.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 82.5%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 32
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#34: ECPI University
1001 Omni Boulevard, Suite 200 | Newport News, VA 23606
https://www.ecpi.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 82.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 416
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the Newport News, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach campuses, as well as historical data from the Emerywood campus and Skyline College


#35: Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing
6815 Edsall Road | Springfield, VA 22151
https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/career-and-technical-education-cte/practical-nursing

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 82.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 11
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#36: J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
700 East Jackson Street | Richmond, VA 23219
https://www.reynolds.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 81.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 21
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the Downtown campus and historical data from the Hanover County campus


#37: Bedford County School of Practical Nursing
600 Edmund Street | Bedford, VA 24523
https://bedfordghsa.sharpschool.net/our_programs/practical_nursing_i___i_i

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 81.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 13
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#38: Petersburg City Public Schools
3101 Johnson Road | Petersburg, VA 23805
https://www.petersburg.k12.va.us/domain/1107

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 81.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 8
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#39: Lee County Career & Technical Center
181 Vo Tech Drive | Ben Hur, VA 24218
https://www.sites.google.com/leecoschools.com/lcctc

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 81.0%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 12
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#40: Ultimate Health School
7839 Ashton Avenue | Manassas, VA 20109
https://www.ultimatehealthschool.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 79.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 39
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#41: America School of Nursing & Allied Health
14910 Jefferson Davis Highway | Woodbridge, VA 22191
https://www.asnahonline.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 79.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 17
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2015 through 2018


#42: Centura College
7020 North Military Highway | Norfolk, VA 23518
https://www.centuracollege.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 78.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 50
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018; includes the Norfolk campus, the Richmond campus, and historical data from the Beta Tech West campus


#43: Southwest Virginia Community College
724 Community College Road | Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
https://www.sw.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 76.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 11
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#44: Piedmont Virginia Community College
501 College Drive | Charlottesville, VA 22902
https://www.pvcc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 75.2%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 17
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2011 through 2018


#45: Ridgeview Practical Nursing Program
310 Wolfpack Way | Clintwood, VA 24228
http://rvhs.dcps.k12.va.us/teacher_pages/career___technical/kendra_mullins

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 74.1%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 9
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2016 through 2018


#46: Chester Career College
751 West Hundred Road | Chester, VA 23836
https://www.chestercareercollege.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 71.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 34
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#47: Paul D. Camp Community College
100 North College Drive | Franklin, VA 23851
https://www.pdc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 66.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 19
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2015 through 2018


#48: Medical Learning Center
2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 400 | Fairfax, VA 22031
http://www.medicallearningcenterva.com

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 60.9%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 16
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2015