Nursing Program Ranked No. 4 in Midwest

Nursing Program Ranked No. 4 in Midwest

October 7, 2020 |

The East Central College Nursing Program is ranked No. 4 among 660 nursing schools offering associate’s degrees in the Midwest. evaluated nursing schools throughout the region on four factors — national test pass rates, academic quality, the nursing school’s reputation and affordability.

In addition, the ECC Nursing associate’s degree program was ranked first in the state.

Nancy Mitchell, Director of Nursing and Dean of Health Science, said she is thrilled to be recognized as one of the “Best ADN Programs in the Midwest” by the nursing organization.

“This recognition showcases our programs commitment to nursing excellence and excellence in nursing education,” she said.

The evaluation was weighted heavily on National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) pass rates over the last four years. Those rates totaled 60 percent of the total ranking.

“Year to year, ECC nursing pass rates are well above the state and national averages,” Mitchell noted.

The remaining 40 percent of the evaluation was based on academic quality, 20 percent; nursing school’s reputation, 10 percent; and affordability, 10 percent.

“Our programs are known throughout our service region for excellence and rigor,” Mitchell added. “Our students are well prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation and to be successful for years to come.

“ECC nursing faculty, students and graduates are the backbone of our success.”

This is not the first recognition for the ECC Nursing program this year. In April, the Nursing Schools Almanac ranked ECC in the Top 10 among all nursing programs in Missouri.

Then in May, the nursing advocacy organization ranked the ECC Nursing Program No. 4 among 50 other programs statewide.

ECC Degrees

According to, jobs available for registered nurses with an associate’s degree are expected to grow by more than 500,000 by 2026.

ECC offers two programs leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing. These programs prepare students to become registered nurses.

The main campus in Union, as well as the Rolla site, offers a complete pre-licensure program (generic) for those interested in becoming a registered nurse.

An LPN to RN Bridge program also is available at the Rolla location for LPNs interested in becoming registered nurses.

To learn more about the ECC Nursing and Allied Health program, visit, or contact Mitchell at