Organization ranks EAC Nursing program fifth in state out of 27 schools

Photo By Lori Dugan: Eastern Arizona College’s Nursing Education Center creates spaces for students to practice, research, engage, and succeed. Key features include active learning classrooms and a dedicated critical learning center with simulation mannequins and skill labs that look and feel like a hospital or healthcare center. uses NCLEX-RN scores to help rank schools 

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PHOENIX – Eastern Arizona College has been named the fifth best registered nurse nursing school out of 27 accredited schools in Arizona by in its third annual Arizona State RN program rankings. 

The organization utilized test results from the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) to determine which schools ranked highest. Rankings are based on scores out of the past five years, from 2014-2018.  

File photo By Lori Dugan/EAC: EAC President Todd Haynie congratulates new nursing graduate Ashley Rhodes after she receives her diploma and nursing pin.

The NCLEX is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States since 1982 and Canada since 2015. There are two types of test, the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN. After graduation from a nursing school, a student takes the NCLEX exam to receive a nursing license. 

EAC’s Nursing Program scored a 93.39 on the organization’s ranking, good for fifth place behind Mesa Community College (95.93), Scottsdale Community College (95.29), Gateway Community College (93.99), and Paradise Valley Community College (93.61).

According to, EAC’s program focuses on stellar patient care using evidence-based nursing processes and graduates go on to find employment in a number of healthcare arenas. 

“We understand there is much more in deciding which school best supports students on their path to becoming registered nurses, but providing this information for students can be another point to consider in choosing a school to attend,” the organization said in a release. “Our recommendation would be to use our rankings in addition to other factors in helping find the right school.”