Best Nursing Schools, Universities and Colleges
Nursing programs train students to become registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners and nurse specialists. Johns Hopkins University, the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Pennsylvania are nationally recognized for their comprehensive nursing degree programs. Read on for more information on those schools and some of the other top nursing schools in the U.S.
Top Nursing Schools in the U.S.
1. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins is the top-rated nursing school by a number of publications including The Princeton Review, which ranked Johns Hopkins as a Best Northeastern College and Best Value College in 2011. The School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins was also ranked as being the best graduate nursing school in the nation in 2011, tying with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington.
The School of Nursing enrolls nearly 800 students annually, and students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialty track, or combine the degree with one of the 13 options, including adult primary care, family care, clinical specialty, women's health, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Health (MPH). A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing are also offered. A combined BSN/MSN program is offered as well as a program with an accelerated BSN curriculum followed by a paid residency in a nursing clinic and a part-time MSN program.
2. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA
The University of Pennsylvania is a private research school in the Ivy League with an enrollment of just over 25,000 students. The university was ranked as one of the best private nursing schools in 2011 by U.S. News and World Report. The School of Nursing provides an extensive offering of undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and 18 different master's degree programs.
Graduate nursing degrees are offered in family health, gerontology, pediatrics, nurse mid-wifery, psychiatric and mental health care, and women's health care. A Ph.D. in Nursing and post-doctoral degrees are also available. There are also accelerated and combined major programs, including a BSN/MSN program and a BSN as a second degree program.
3. University of Washington in Seattle, WA
The University of Washington was ranked as the best nursing school in the country by U.S. News and World Report every year from 1984-2011. There are three academic departments in the School of Nursing that include Behavioral Nursing and Health Systems, Family and Child Nursing, and Psychosocial and Community Health. Students in the School of Nursing can pursue a BSN, Master of Nursing, MSN, Ph.D. in Nursing Science and DNP. The BSN is designed for students looking to become registered nurses (RNs), while the graduate programs focus on nursing research and theory application.
Graduate certificates are offered in adult nurse practitioner, adult psychiatric patient care, environmental health, alternative medicine, infectious diseases and control, infant mental health, leadership, nursing education and midwifery.
List of 10 Good Nursing Schools
|University of Washington||Consistently ranked number one in nursing in U.S. News and World Report since 1984||Seattle, WA|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||The North Campus Research Campus||Ann Arbor, MI|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||The MSN program for RNs||Chapel Hill, NC|
|University of Pittsburgh||Center for Innovation in Clinical Learning (CICL)||Pittsburgh, PA|
|University of Pennsylvania||The student mentorship program with nursing professionals||Philadelphia, PA|
|Johns Hopkins University||The accelerated BSN to MSN program with the clinical residency||Baltimore, MD|
|Duke University||The Duke Translational Nursing Institute||Durham, NC|
|Yale University||The first educational nursing program in a university||New Haven, CT|
|University of California - San Francisco||Ranked number two in National Research Council funding in 2009||San Francisco, CA|
|Oregon Health and Science University||The School of Nursing Virtual Campus||Portland, OR|
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