Duke University ranks #1 out of the 25 schools on our 2015 list of top online colleges for nursing programs, which all have 90% pass rates or higher for the NCLEX, the main examination for licensing nurses in the US and Canada. These top schools are also CCNE or ACEN accredited.
All schools in our ranking have high academic standards that led to their exceptionally high pass rates for the NCLEX. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington boasts a 100% NCLEX pass rate; Duke University has a 98.39% pass rate; and the University of Central Florida has a 98.06% pass rate. In addition to using a high NCLEX pass rate to indicate the strength of a school’s nursing department overall, we evaluated the competitiveness of a school and the strength of its student body by looking at factors including acceptance rates, enrollment rates, and entrance exam scores.