How We Ranked the Best LPN/LVN Programs in Your State for 2020?


Nursingprocess.org has ranked the best LPN/LVN programs in your state based on a ranking methodology that considers four key factors. The ranking list was devised to help students and their families in their search for the best LPN/LVN program. You can consider our rankings to be completely fair and unbiased as we are a neutral third party who is in no way associated with any of the schools on our list. On this page, you can read in detail about our ranking methodology and the various factors we have considered to come up with our list of the Best LPN/LVN programs in your state.


Minimum Requirements to be Eligible for our Rankings

We only considered LPN/LVN programs that were approved by their respective State Boards.


Ranking Factors and Weightage

Devising a ranking list can be challenging as there is no one definition of a good LPN/LVN program. So then, how did we come up with our list of best programs? Well, to put it simply, a list of best programs was curated based on four main factors we believe are crucial in gauging the success of a program and a student's overall learning experience. Schools were measured for their academic quality, NCLEX-PN first time pass rates over the recent four years, affordability, and the reputation they carry. The table below clearly lists the factors and the weightage we assigned to each one of them.

Factor Weightage
Academic Quality 30%
Enrollment Rate 40%
Graduation Rate 40%
Student to Faculty Ratio 20%
NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rates (Recent Four Years) 30%
Affordability 20%
The School's Reputation 20%


Why Were Our Rankings Based on the Above Factors?

To better understand our rankings, we have explained below why each factor was considered.

1. Academic Quality

Comprising 30% of our total ranking score, academic quality is an important criterion to consider when deciding on a program. We have factored a school's enrollment rate, graduation rate, and student to faculty ratio to gauge the academic quality of an LPN/LVN program.

Enrollment Rate: Enrollment rate is the percentage of students choosing to enroll in a school after their application has been accepted. Higher enrollment points towards the school being a preferred choice among students for the positive learning experience it offers.

Graduation Rate: Graduation rate signifies the number of students graduating from a program within the stipulated time frame. A higher graduation rate indicates a supportive learning environment.

Student to Faculty Ratio: The student to faculty ratio means the number of students per instructor. A lower ratio is better as students are more likely to benefit from individualized attention and achieve a positive academic outcome.

2. NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rates (Recent Four Years)

The NCLEX-PN first time pass rates of a school over the past four years make up for 30% of our ranking score. This factor is a clear indicator of an LPN/LVN program's success, as passing the licensure exam is crucial to your career as a practical nurse. Schools with consistently high pass rates on the first attempt indicate the excellent quality of teaching and a conducive learning environment that helps students reach their academic goals.

3. Affordability

Affordability is an important factor to be considered while making a choice of an LVN/LPN program. A lower tuition cost equates to a higher return on investment and helps you recover the education expense much sooner. Additionally, it can considerably bring down your student debt and may even help you graduate debt-free. The affordability of a program constitutes 20% of our total ranking score.

4. The School's Reputation

To make our rankings more complete and meaningful, we have tried to estimate the reputation a school carries. To measure a school's overall reputation, we have looked into some internal as well as external pointers. While Internal pointers include faculty credentials and industry partnerships, to obtain an external perspective, college rankings, ratings, and student reviews from respected online publications such as US News, Niche, Grad Reports, and Rate My Professors were assessed.


Where did we Gather the data from?

• The list of approved LPN/LVN programs in each state was collected from their respective State Boards.
• Enrollment Rate, Graduation Rate, Student to Faculty Ratio, and Net Price was gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics.
• NCLEX-PN First time Pass Rates for each school were collected from the respective State Boards.


Disclaimer

At nursingprocess.org, we understand that our rankings can influence a student's decision in making a choice for the right LPN/LVN program. Based on a well-devised ranking methodology, we have tried our best to simplify the search for prospective LPN/LVN students. Nevertheless, rankings of any nature are subjective and cannot really define a successful program or college. It is recommended that you take our rankings as a starting point and make a final decision only after extensive research. As a neutral third party, we have no affiliation with any schools on our list, neither do we promote any school or disregard schools, not on our ranking list.


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