Top Hispanic Friendly LPN/LVN Programs

hispanic_rankAs the United States’ Baby Boomer population reaches retirement age, the need for Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurses (LPN & LVN*) continues to increase. To meet this need, more and more students throughout the country—including Hispanics—are choosing to obtain LPN / LVN certifications by attending accredited schools in their states. Hispanic LPN's are becoming a large part of the healthcare workforce, especially in cities. In fact, people of Hispanic and Latino descent make up 8.9 percent of LPN's in urban areas, compared to just 3.2 percent in rural areas, which are generally served by Caucasian LPN's. Despite the overall increase in the number of Hispanic LPN's recent years, they are still underrepresented in the healthcare and nursing fields. To address this issue and increase interest and enrollment in LPN programs, many schools around the country have retooled their curriculum and marketing strategies to better target and serve students of Hispanic and Latino ancestry.

States that Emphasize Hispanic-Friendly LPN / LVN Programs

A Nurse Sitting At A Computer At The Reception Area Of A HospitaThe demographics and geography of the United States mean that certain states have higher populations of Hispanics than others. Texas, California, Florida, New Mexico, and Arizona have the highest percentage of population that is of Hispanic or Latino descent, and it’s no surprise that programs in those states have devoted the most money and resources into developing Hispanic-friendly LPN / LVN programs. In fact, our data shows that three of the top five Hispanic-friendly programs in the country and five of the top ten are all in Texas. Laredo Community College, South Texas College, and Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies lead the way  while all have LVN programs that meet key criteria for attracting, retaining, and graduating the large Hispanic population in the Lone Star state. Rounding out the top 10 includes two schools from California which includes #1 overall Imperial Valley College, two schools from New Mexico, as well as one from Florida. Like Texas, both California and Florida have large Hispanic populations that are underrepresented in each state’s overall LPN / LVN workforce.

Hispanic LPV/LVN Schools by State Totals

  1. California = 30
  2. Texas = 14
  3. Florida = 3
  4. New Mexico = 3
  5. Illinois = 1

Statistics of Hispanics Pursuing Higher Education in the United States

The percentage of Hispanic high school graduates in the United States who go on to enroll in college is higher than ever. 35% of Hispanic high school graduates are attending two-year and four-year universities. Roughly 50% of Hispanics enrolled in college tend to head to the public two-year option instead of directly the four-year route. Good news is Hispanics statistically have substantially less student debt because they attend two-year colleges in greater numbers. While these is an overall push to increase that number, LPN programs throughout the country have capitalized on the trend by offering an in-demand skillset that also offers high salaries for only one year of post-high school training. The addition of Hispanic LPN's to the healthcare workforce is especially vital in the coming years, as they’re often bilingual and can more easily provide and translate complex medical instructions to patients who only speak Spanish. Find available LPN jobs.

Ranking Methodology

The data used to determine the top Hispanic friendly LPN/LVN program rankings were obtained from the 2015 IPEDS data release (http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds). The LPN/LVN program completions were analyzed and ranked via the following process:
  1. The program must have at least 10 students total
  2. The program must have at least 10 Hispanic students
  3. At least 25% of the total students completing the program must be Hispanic
  4. Programs were ranked in order of the percent of total students that were Hispanic.
* PLEASE NOTE: Correct terminology in California & Texas is Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN).

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Ranked: 1
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 100.0%

Imperial Valley College

380 E. Aten Road, Imperial, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 94.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 76.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 66.00%

Visit the School's Website: Imperial Valley College

Ranked: 2
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 96.4%

Laredo Community College

West End Washington St, Laredo, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 90.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 97.78%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 80.56%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 77.08%

Visit the School's Website: Laredo Community College

Ranked: 3
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 95.0%

South Texas College

3201 W Pecan, McAllen, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 84.47%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 83.90%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 84.57%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 89.21%

Visit the School's Website: South Texas College

Ranked: 4
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 94.4%

Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies

345 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 84.91%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 94.44%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 85.25%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 83.58%

Visit the School's Website: Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies

Ranked: 5
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 92.6%

Rio Hondo College

3600 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 96.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 95.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 92.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 92.00%

Visit the School's Website: Rio Hondo College

Ranked: 6
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 88.5%

Southwest Texas Junior College

2401 Garner Field Rd, Uvalde, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 94.59%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 96.97%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 96.61%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 91.67%

Visit the School's Website: Southwest Texas Junior College

Ranked: 7
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 87.5%

The University of Texas at Brownsville

One West University Blvd, Brownsville, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 88.24%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 85.71%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 89.55%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 90.74%

Visit the School's Website: The University of Texas at Brownsville

Ranked: 8
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 83.8%

Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing-Plantation General Hospital

3663 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL

  • 2015 NCLEX pass rate: 86.79%
  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 78.18%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 92.06%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 86.15%

Visit the School's Website: Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing-Plantation General Hospital

Ranked: 9
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 81.3%

Luna Community College

336 Luna Drive, Las Vegas, NM

  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 93.75%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 85.00%

Visit the School's Website: Luna Community College

Ranked: 10
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 76.9%

Northern New Mexico College

921 Paseo de Onate, Espanola, NM

  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 76.90%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 94.44%

Visit the School's Website: Northern New Mexico College

Ranked: 11
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 76.7%

Brightwood College-San Antonio-Ingram

6441 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 67.65%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 72.73%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 65.38%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 83.51%

Visit the School's Website: Brightwood College-San Antonio-Ingram

Ranked: 12
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 74.6%

American Career College-Lynwood

3680 E. Imperial Highway, 5th Floor, Lynwood, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 59.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 80.00%

Visit the School's Website: American Career College-Lynwood

Ranked: 13
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 74.3%

College of the Desert

43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 62.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 84.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 89.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 87.00%

Visit the School's Website: College of the Desert

Ranked: 14
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 72.7%

Advanced College

13180 Paramount Blvd., South Gate, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 62.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 89.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 82.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 60.00%

Visit the School's Website: Advanced College

Ranked: 15
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 72.2%

Morton College

3801 S Central Ave, Cicero, IL

  • 2015 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 83.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%

Visit the School's Website: Morton College

Ranked: 16
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 71.8%

Brightwood College-Corpus Christi

1620 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 82.98%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 81.69%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 83.87%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 74.12%

Visit the School's Website: Brightwood College-Corpus Christi

Ranked: 17
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 70.0%

Hacienda La Puente Adult Education

14101 E. Nelson Ave, La Puente, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 77.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 68.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 79.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 75.00%

Visit the School's Website: Hacienda La Puente Adult Education

Ranked: 18
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 68.9%

California Nurses Educational Institute

5200 E. Ramon Rd. Suite I-1, Palm Springs, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 82.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 67.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 76.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 80.00%

Visit the School's Website: California Nurses Educational Institute

Ranked: 19
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 67.2%

Santa Barbara Business College-Bakersfield

5300 California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 68.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 72.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 58.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 55.00%

Visit the School's Website: Santa Barbara Business College-Bakersfield

Ranked: 20
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 66.1%

Odessa College

201 W University Blvd, Odessa, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 85.71%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 80.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 68.75%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%

Visit the School's Website: Odessa College

Ranked: 21
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 61.6%

Career Networks Institute

702 W Town and Country Rd, Orange, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 69.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 86.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 88.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 97.00%

Visit the School's Website: Career Networks Institute

Ranked: 22
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 59.2%

Career Point College

4522 Fredericksburg RD Suite A-18, San Antonio, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 93.67%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 94.67%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 92.61%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 86.41%

Visit the School's Website: Career Point College

Ranked: 23
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 58.1%

Robert Morgan Educational Center and Technical College

18180 SW 122nd Ave, Miami, FL

  • 2015 NCLEX pass rate: 80.65%
  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 84.52%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 90.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 91.74%

Visit the School's Website: Robert Morgan Educational Center and Technical College

Ranked: 24
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 57.6%

American Career College-Los Angeles

4021 Rosewood Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 51.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 72.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 75.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 75.00%

Visit the School's Website: American Career College-Los Angeles

Ranked: 25
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 57.3%

Coastal Bend College

3800 Charco Rd, Beeville, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 89.13%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 94.20%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 83.58%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 89.71%

Visit the School's Website: Coastal Bend College

Ranked: 26
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 57.1%

Hartnell College

411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 86.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 88.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 90.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 90.00%

Visit the School's Website: Hartnell College

Ranked: 27
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 56.6%

Chaffey College

5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 67.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 94.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 78.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 76.00%

Visit the School's Website: Chaffey College

Ranked: 28
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 55.9%

South Plains College

1401 S. College Ave, Levelland, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 94.12%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 94.12%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%

Visit the School's Website: South Plains College

Ranked: 29
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 55.8%

Charter College-Canyon Country

27125 Sierra Hwy Ste 329, Canyon Country, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 61.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 61.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 84.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 91.00%

Visit the School's Website: Charter College-Canyon Country

Ranked: 30
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 54.9%

Career Care Institute

43770 Fifteenth St W Ste 115, Lancaster, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 70.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 63.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 76.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 68.00%

Visit the School's Website: Career Care Institute

Ranked: 31
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 54.3%

Career Development Institute Inc

1830 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%

Visit the School's Website: Career Development Institute Inc

Ranked: 32
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 52.9%

Citrus College

1000 W Foothill Blvd, Glendora, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 85.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 95.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 85.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 96.00%

Visit the School's Website: Citrus College

Ranked: 33
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 52.4%

New Mexico Junior College

5317 Lovington Hwy, Hobbs, NM

  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 90.91%

Visit the School's Website: New Mexico Junior College

Ranked: 34
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 52.4%

North-West College-Riverside

4550 La Sierra Ave, Riverside, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 84.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 93.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 89.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 85.00%

Visit the School's Website: North-West College-Riverside

Ranked: 35
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 51.7%

Downey Adult School

12340 Woodruff Ave, Downey, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 72.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 82.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 78.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 87.00%

Visit the School's Website: Downey Adult School

Ranked: 36
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 50.0%

Immokalee Technical College

508 N 9th St, Immokalee, FL

  • 2015 NCLEX pass rate: 76.92%
  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 76.19%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 80.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 90.63%

Visit the School's Website: Immokalee Technical College

Ranked: 37
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 50.0%

Bakersfield College

1801 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 94.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 95.00%

Visit the School's Website: Bakersfield College

Ranked: 38
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 50.0%

College of the Mainland

1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 85.71%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%

Visit the School's Website: College of the Mainland

Ranked: 39
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 50.0%

Santa Barbara Business College-Santa Maria

303 E Plaza Dr Ste 1, Santa Maria, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 94.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 94.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%

Visit the School's Website: Santa Barbara Business College-Santa Maria

Ranked: 40
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 49.2%

Summit College

851 S. Cooley Dr, Colton, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 75.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 78.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 82.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 81.00%

Visit the School's Website: Summit College

Ranked: 41
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 48.8%

Casa Loma College-Van Nuys

6725 Kester Ave, Van Nuys, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 52.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 53.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 59.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 63.00%

Visit the School's Website: Casa Loma College-Van Nuys

Ranked: 42
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 48.1%

Amarillo College

2011 S. Washington, Amarillo, TX

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 96.36%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 76.47%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 81.25%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 87.84%

Visit the School's Website: Amarillo College

Ranked: 43
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 47.0%

American Career College-Ontario

3130 East Sedona Court, Ontario, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 80.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 84.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 78.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 86.00%

Visit the School's Website: American Career College-Ontario

Ranked: 44
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 45.3%

University of Antelope Valley

44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 76.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 75.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 71.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 72.00%

Visit the School's Website: University of Antelope Valley

Ranked: 45
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 44.4%

Gavilan College

5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 94.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 95.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 90.00%

Visit the School's Website: Gavilan College

Ranked: 46
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 44.2%

Brightwood College-North Hollywood

6180 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Suite 101, North Hollywood, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 69.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 67.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 64.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 77.00%

Visit the School's Website: Brightwood College-North Hollywood

Ranked: 47
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 44.2%

Carrington College-San Jose

5883 Rue Ferrari, San Jose, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 52.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 75.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 65.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 60.00%

Visit the School's Website: Carrington College-San Jose

Ranked: 48
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 43.5%

Riverside City College

4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 98.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 100.00%

Visit the School's Website: Riverside City College

Ranked: 49
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 42.9%

Clovis Adult Education

1452 David E Cook Way, Clovis, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 87.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 91.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 68.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 71.00%

Visit the School's Website: Clovis Adult Education

Ranked: 50
2015 Hispanic Enrollment: 42.6%

American Career College-Anaheim

1200 N. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, CA

  • 2014 NCLEX pass rate: 58.00%
  • 2013 NCLEX pass rate: 69.00%
  • 2012 NCLEX pass rate: 78.00%
  • 2011 NCLEX pass rate: 75.00%

Visit the School's Website: American Career College-Anaheim

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