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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 Washington State Department of Health’s Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. 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 Washington’s LPN programs accordingly.

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#1: Olympic College
1600 Chester Avenue | Bremerton, WA 98337
https://www.olympic.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 95.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 24
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#2: Green River College
12401 SE 320th Street | Auburn, WA 98092
https://www.greenriver.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 92.8%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 26
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#3: Edmonds Community College
20000 68th Avenue West | Lynnwood, WA 98036
https://www.edcc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 91.7%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 15
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2015 through 2018


#4: Bates Technical College
1101 South Yakima Avenue | Tacoma, WA 98405
https://www.batestech.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 88.4%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 71
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018


#5: Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW | Lakewood, WA 98499
http://www.cptc.edu

NCLEX-PN pass rate among first-time test-takers: 86.3%
Average number of LPN students graduating annually: 82
Data analyzed: Calendar years 2009 through 2018