Licensure Passage Rates

AB2086, requires colleges to make available the passage rates of any programs that require a California licensing examination.   Pursuant to the California Education Code, Section 94816, nursing schools are required by law to disclose the passage rates of their "graduates in the program for the most recent calendar year that ended no less than six months prior to the date of disclosure on any licensure or certificate examination required by the state."  Because NCLEX-RN and -PN are provided "on demand" throughout the year, the Board of Registered Nursing, Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, and Respiratory Care Board statistics include applicants who may have graduated from prior classes other than the most recent calendar year.  The Boards do not report pass rates of only the members of the most recent graduating class. Therefore, the pass rates reported on their web pages may not correspond to the passage rates reported by the programs. The passage rates for Hartnell College's students can be viewed at the links below. The licensure passage rates are from the California Department of Consumer Affairs showing the most recent NCLEX Passage rates for all Nursing and Health Sciences Programs in the State of California. The Colleges are listed in alphabetical order. Please scroll down the list to find Hartnell College's most recent passage rate.

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) regulates the practice of registered nursing and certified advanced practice nurses in order to protect the public. The Board exists to protect the health and safety of consumers and promote quality registered nursing care in California.  

RN Pass Rates 

Associate Degree Nursing Program

Outcome Expected Level of Achievement (ELA) Actual

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates






For first-time NCLEX test-takers, the pass rate will be at or above 88% or above the national mean program pass rate for the 12-month period of July 1-June 30






Testing Period Licensure Examination Pass Rate as reported by the BRN
Jul 2016 - Jun 2017 91.18% (34)
Jul 2017- Jun 2018 100% (38)
Jul 2018 - Jun 2019 100% (42)
Jul 2019 - Jun 2020 89.74% (39)
Jul 2020 - Jun 2021 Not reported yet

The California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) protects the consumer from unprofessional and unsafe licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and psychiatric technicians (PTs). Public protection is the highest priority of the Board in exercising its licensing, regulatory and disciplinary functions.  

VN Pass Rates 2020-2021
VN Pass Rates 2018-2019
VN Pass Rates 2017-2018
VN Pass Rates 2016-2017
VN Pass Rates 2015-2016  

Vocational Nursing Program

Outcome Expected Level of Achievement (ELA) Actual

NCLEX_PN Pass Rates





For first-time NCLEX-PN test-takers, the pass rate will be at or above 80% or the national mean pass rate (whichever number is greater) within the period of time defined by the BVNPT (Reported as fiscal year from July 1 to June 30 the following year).



Calendar  Year Licensure Examination Pass Rate as reported by the BVNPT
2017 84% (25)
2018 89% (28)
2019 100% (26)
2020 89% (27)
2021 Not reported yet

The mandate of the Respiratory Care Board is to protect and serve the consumer by administering and enforcing the Respiratory Care Practice Act and its regulations in the interest of the safe practice of respiratory care. Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) regularly perform critical lifesaving and life support procedures prescribed by physicians that directly affect major organs of the body. RCPs provide care directly to the patient in either a hospital setting or the patient's home. Patients may be suffering from lung cancer, emphysema, asthma, or cystic fibrosis, or may be premature infants whose lungs have not yet fully developed. More than 34,000 RCP licenses have been issued in the State of California. 

RCP Pass Rates 2015 - 2021