25 Best Associate Degrees in Nursing (ADN) 2020

These are the top 25 schools for an associate degree in nursing, based on median salary one year after graduation. Students who graduated with an associate degree in nursing from Yuba College have the highest median salary, at $97,900. The lowest median student debt on the list is $3,500, at Fresno City College. In many states, an associate degree in nursing qualifies students to apply for RN licensure, though it is becoming increasingly common for registered nurses to attain a bachelor's degree in nursing first. Most of the colleges on this list are located in California, which has the nation's highest salaries for RNs.

Tuition, median salaries, and median debt were reported by the U.S. Department of Education. View our methodology for more details about these rankings or read more about the top-ranked schools.

2020 Best Colleges Highlights

Learn more about the top five colleges for an Associate in Nursing degree. You can also read student reviews of each school by clicking on the stars. Although student reviews were not used as a ranking factor in this list, we provide ratings and reviews so students can consider the experience of alumni in their decision-making process.