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The emergence of fall is a cue for annual Best-of lists, and RegisteredNursing.org and NursingProcess.org have obliged by releasing their 2020 rankings for the best RN programs. You can use the links below to access more details on the ranking lists or click on the name of a school to learn more about the top training grounds for RNs in 2020-2021.

NursingProcess.org: Best Associate Degree RN Programs for 2020

On NursingProcess.org, the judges consulted data from the National Center for Education Statistics, state Board of Nursing websites, and official school websites to select the best associate degree programs. Rankings are based on assessments of academic quality, first-time NCLEX-RN pass rates, school reputation, and affordability. To see full descriptions of each program in an area, click the region heading (e.g., Northeast, Midwest, etc), or see the complete list on NursingProcess.org/best-nursing-schools… Clicking the name of a school will take you to the website for that school’s nursing program.

Northeast
  1. Anne Arundel Community College – Arnold, MD    
  2. Northampton Community College – Bethlehem, PA
  3. Hagerstown Community College – Hagerstown, MD
  4. Community College of Beaver County – Monaca, PA
  5. Manchester Community College – Manchester, NH
Midwest
  1. Washington State Community College – Marietta, OH
  2. State Fair Community College – Sedalia, MO
  3. Century College – White Bear Lake, MN
  4. Manhattan Area Technical College – Manhattan, KS
  5. Oakton Community College – Des Plaines, IL
Southeast
  1. Northwest Florida State College – Niceville, FL
  2. Hopkinsville Community College – Hopkinsville, KY
  3. Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College – Orangeburg, SC
  4. Chattahoochee Technical College – Paulding, GA
  5. Arkansas Northeastern College – Blytheville, AR
Southwest
  1. Mesa Community College – Mesa, AZ
  2. Laredo Community College – Laredo, TX
  3. Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell, NM
  4. Austin Community College – Austin, TX
  5. Blinn College – Brenham, TX
Western Region
  1. Western Nevada College – Carson City, NV
  2. Chemeketa Community College – Salem, OR
  3. Sierra College – Rocklin, CA
  4. Pierce College – Puyallup, WA 
  5. Saddleback College – Mission Viejo, CA

RegisteredNursing.org 2020 Top Programs by State

The 2020 RegisteredNursing.org Best RN Program rankings are based on NCLEX-RN test results. The site obtained NCLEX-RN exam pass rates for all RN programs (ADN, BSN, Direct-Entry MSN) state by state “through several methods, including making a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.” To see the top-ranked schools in a given state, click the state name to access the list and descriptions of each program.

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California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

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Kansas

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Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

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Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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