For our 2021 rankings of RN diploma programs, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac compiled an extensive database of student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Aspiring registered nurses in the United States must pass this examination before they may commence practice. Thus, student performance on the NCLEX-RN exam provides an excellent benchmark for comparing the relative quality of RN diploma programs.

We used our database to calculate each program’s NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers. This is the standard program assessment metric reported by the Ohio Board of Nursing and the test’s administrator, Pearson Vue. Whenever possible, we calculated this first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate over an extensive period of time, typically the past decade of student performance. We then used this metric to rank all of Ohio’s RN diploma programs accordingly.

#1: Trinity Health System School of Nursing
4000 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 2631
Steubenville, OH 43952
https://www.trinityson.com

96.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing
Average of 33 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#2: Tri-Rivers School of Nursing
1563 Marion-Mount Gilead Road
Marion, OH 43302
https://www.centralohionursing.com

92.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing
Average of 19 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#3: Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
1912 Hayes Avenue
Sandusky, OH 44870
https://www.firelands.com/education-training/school-of-nursing

92.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing
Average of 34 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#4: Sandusky Career Center
4501 Venice Heights Boulevard
Sandusky, OH 44870
https://www.scs-k12.net/sanduskycareercenter(shs)_home.aspx

89.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing: LPN-to-RN Bridge
Average of 25 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2018 through 2020


#5: Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
400 Richards Road
Zanesville, OH 43701
https://www.mideastctc.org

88.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing
Average of 34 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2019 through 2020


#6: Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus
1565 State Route 167
Jefferson, OH 44047
https://www.atech.edu

83.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing
Average of 7 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


#7: Knox Technical Center
308 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
https://www.knoxtechnicalcenter.com

77.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing: LPN-to-RN Bridge
Average of 11 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2019 through 2020


#8: Ohio Institute of Allied Health
6245 Old Troy Pike
Huber Heights, OH 45424
https://www.oiah.edu

71.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing
Average of 12 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


#9: Collins Career Technical Center
11627 State Route 243
Chesapeake, OH 45619
http://www.collins-cc.edu

68.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing: LPN-to-RN Bridge
Average of 55 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2017 through 2020


#10: Columbiana County Career & Technical Center
9364 State Route 45
Lisbon, OH 44432
https://www.ccctc.k12.oh.us

58.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing: LPN-to-RN Bridge
Average of 27 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2019 through 2020


#11: Athena Career Academy
5203 Airport Highway
Toledo, OH 43615
https://www.athenacareers.edu

51.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing: LPN-to-RN Bridge
Average of 48 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2018 through 2020


#12: Acadia Career Institute
128 East Main Street
Woodville, OH 43469
https://www.acadiacareer.com

49.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing
Average of 9 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2014 through 2020


#13: Richard Medical Academy
5237 Renwyck Drive
Toledo, OH 43615
https://www.rmalpn.com

47.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Diploma in Nursing
Average of 10 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2019 through 2020


#14: Ohio Medical Career College
1133 South Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, Suite 110
Dayton, OH 45417
http://www.omcc.edu

38.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
One Plus One Diploma in Nursing
Average of 14 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020