LVN/LPN Programs Ranking Methodology

Welcome to our 7th Annual LPN/LVN Program Rankings - 2020 Edition!

Through our mission statement, we believe providing students with better transparency in regards to practical and vocational nursing programs throughout their state allows them to better match the right school accessible to them. This is the reason we have developed our LPN & LVN Programs Ranking based on NCLEX-PN exam passing rates.

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. To this end, NCLEX-PN rates are one of the best ways 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 in this manner.

Methodology

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Schools pass rates were averaged together and weighted by the recency of the exam, e.g. pass rates in 2018 count more towards overall rankings than scores from 2014. The weighting cofactor values table used:
    Number Years of Data AvailableWeighting 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
  3. 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 - 2019 18 5
Alaska N/A 0 N/A
Arizona 2015 - 2019 12 5
Arkansas 2015 - 2019 26 10
California 2014 - 2018 119 50
Colorado N/A 7 N/A
Connecticut 2015 - 2019 8 3
Delaware N/A 5 N/A
Florida 2015 - 2019 89 30
Georgia 2015 - 2019 21 10
Hawaii N/A 2 N/A
Idaho N/A 6 N/A
Illinois 2015 - 2019 36 10
Indiana 2014 - 2018 20 5
Iowa 2015 - 2019 11 5
Kansas 2014 - 2018 19 5
Kentucky 2014 - 2018 20 5
Louisiana N/A 38 N/A
Maine N/A 1 N/A
Maryland 2015 - 2019 12 5
Massachusetts 2015 - 2019 16 5
Michigan 2012 - 2016 19 5
Minnesota 2015 - 2019 26 10
Mississippi N/A 14 N/A
Missouri 2015 - 2019 39 10
Montana N/A 5 N/A
Nebraska 2014 - 2018 10 3
Nevada N/A 1 N/A
New Hampshire N/A 2 N/A
New Jersey 2015 - 2019 26 10
New Mexico N/A 4 N/A
New York 2013 - 2017 64 20
North Carolina 2015 - 2019 39 10
North Dakota 2014 - 2018 8 3
Ohio 2015 - 2019 65 20
Oklahoma 2014 - 2018 43 20
Oregon 2014 - 2018 7 3
Pennsylvania 2015 - 2019 52 20
Rhode Island N/A 2 N/A
South Carolina 2015 - 2019 16 5
South Dakota 2014 - 2018 6 3
Tennessee 2015 - 2019 21 10
Texas 2014 - 2018 77 30
Utah 2011 - 2014 8 3
Vermont N/A 3 N/A
Virginia 2015 - 2019 53 20
Washington 2015 - 2019 6 3
Washington, DC N/A 1 N/A
West Virginia 2012 - 2015 24 10
Wisconsin N/A 5 N/A
Wyoming N/A 5 N/A

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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