LVN/LPN Programs Ranking Methodology
The NCLEX-PN exam is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licensure. Many state boards of nursing use the combined NCLEX-PN exam pass rates for each school as one of the primary ways to approve or deny a school's ability to provide practical and vocational nursing education. As can be seen, NCLEX-PN rates is one of the best way we have to determine how well a school is preparing their students for a career in practical nursing, and that is why we have chosen to rank them based on this.
Our ranking methodology began with retrieving NCLEX-PN pass rates from all the LPN & LVN programs state by state through various methods include making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Our requests were for the previous 5 years of information available.
Once this data was obtained, we filtered out the programs with the following characteristics:
- Programs with no pass rates for the previous 1 or 2 years, depending on the state and number of years of data available
- Programs with less than 2 year of pass rates
- Programs that no longer are operational
Upon filtering out programs, the ranking process is as follows:
- Pass rates were analyzed going back to the most recent years of data available up to 5 years, each state may have varying years, please see the data sources table below for each state's years analysis.
- Schools pass rates were averaged together and weighted by the recency of the exam, e.g. pass rates in 2015 count more towards overall rankings than scores from 2013. The weighting cofactor values table used:
Number Years of Data Available Weighting Cofactors (Most Recent First) 5 Years 0.37,0.27,0.17,0.12,0.07 4 Years 0.4,0.3,0.2,0.1 3 Years 0.45,0.35,0.2 2 Years 0.65,0.35 1 Year 1
- If schools had the same overall NCLEX-PN pass rates after being ranked, additional program characteristics were then analyzed, including (1)
number of students taking the NCLEX-PN, with the higher the number the greater the ranking position, and (2) number of years of test data available, the schools with more years of NCLEX-PN pass rate data the greater the ranking position.
Ranking Details By State
The table below lists information by state, including the years of NCLEX-PN pass rate data analyzed, the number of schools in each state, and the number of top ranked programs.
|State||Years Rankings Based On||Number Schools Analyzed||Number Schools Ranked|
|Alabama||2015 - 2013||21||10|
|Arizona||2014 - 2011||10||5|
|Arkansas||2015 - 2011||27||10|
|California||2014 - 2011||127||50|
|District Of Columbia||N/A||2||N/A|
|Florida||2015 - 2012||81||30|
|Georgia||2015 - 2012||22||10|
|Illinois||2015 - 2011||36||10|
|Indiana||2014 - 2011||22||10|
|Iowa||2014 - 2011||13||5|
|Kansas||2014 - 2011||20||5|
|Kentucky||2015 - 2011||20||5|
|Maryland||2015 - 2011||10||5|
|Massachusetts||2014 - 2011||17||5|
|Michigan||2014 - 2012||25||10|
|Minnesota||2014 - 2011||23||10|
|Missouri||2014 - 2011||44||20|
|New Jersey||2015 - 2013||32||10|
|New York||2014 - 2013||67||20|
|North Carolina||2014 - 2012||34||10|
|Ohio||2015 - 2012||60||20|
|Oklahoma||2014 - 2011||47||20|
|Oregon||2014 - 2011||12||5|
|Pennsylvania||2015 - 2011||49||20|
|South Carolina||2014 - 2011||16||5|
|Tennessee||2014 - 2011||16||5|
|Texas||2014 - 2011||77||30|
|Virginia||2014 - 2011||48||20|
|Washington||2014 - 2011||13||5|
|West Virginia||2015 - 2012||23||10|
Concerns, Questions, and Corrections
We do realize there is far more in deciding which school provides the best education and training for practical and vocational nurses, but we felt that providing this information for students can add one more thing to consider prior to choosing which school to attend. Our recommendations would be to use our rankings list as a supplemental tool in helping find the right school.
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