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What Are the Top Undergraduate Nursing Programs in the United States?

Students seeking to enroll in a superior nursing program may choose to attend one of the following two schools. Read on to learn more about the rankings of said schools, the program requirements and courses, and other details.

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Both of the following schools have been highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report among national universities. Students may choose from programs leading to bachelor's degrees; additional programs, such as an accelerated track and a combined bachelor's/master's degree are also available. Nursing students may gain experience through work-study rotations at local hospitals or might have the chance to study abroad, depending on the school in which they choose to enroll. Additionally, research fellowship opportunities may be extended to some nursing students. Learn more about two of the best schools to offer undergraduate nursing programs in the U.S.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) was ranked the number four college in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report. Its School of Nursing affords nursing majors the opportunity to complete rotations in renowned Philadelphia area hospitals, including the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The nursing school also works in conjunction with the university's business, liberal arts, and engineering schools to offer aspiring nurses double major opportunities. In addition to a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, Penn makes available an accelerated bachelor's program in nursing for those already holding a degree in another subject, as well as a combined BSN and Master of Science in Nursing program.

Boston College

Founded in 1863, Boston College was named a 2010 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review and ranked 31st among the best national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. Its William F. Connell School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program that combines nursing classes in adult and child health as well as maternity, community, and psychiatric nursing. Nursing students in their junior year may elect to study abroad. Graduates of Boston College's nursing school have a 95% passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Select nursing majors may qualify for undergraduate research fellowship opportunities or early entrance into the university's nursing master's program.

List of Good Undergraduate Nursing Schools in the U.S.

College/University Name Distinction Location
Auburn University - Main Campus Students in healthcare majors can spend a summer term in Spain, where the education focus includes the Spanish healthcare system Auburn, AL
Boston College The first-time NCLEX pass rate was 92.4% in 2013 Chestnut Hill, MA
Brigham Young University In 2014, BYU reported a NCLEX pass rate of more than 98% Provo, UT
Michigan State University Offers BSN, second-degree BSN, and online BSN for RN programs East Lansing, MI
New York University First-time NCLEX pass rate is better than 90% New York, NY
Purdue University - Main Campus Students can participate in Indian Health Service and study abroad programs West Lafayette, IN
Temple University The NCLEX pass rate was 94% for undergraduates in 2013 Philadelphia, PA
University of Florida Member of one of only three health science centers in the state Gainesville, FL
University of Iowa Students granted admission through early decision can complete the BSN program in four years Iowa City, IA
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities NCLEX pass rate is 93% for recent BSN grads Minneapolis, MN
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