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.

Schools Overview

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.

1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: The university was the first Ivy League school to offer baccalaureate degrees in nursing, remaining as the only one to still offer them to potential nursing students.

The School of Nursing at this university offers undergraduate programs to high school seniors and transfer students who are ready to explore the options of what this university has to offer, as far as nursing is concerned. A BSN Second Degree Program is offered for students looking to acquire a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing but are not set on a Master's specialty.

2. Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA

School Highlight: BC offers a combination of clinical and classroom practice, as well as providing nursing majors and non-nursing majors with courses in the arts and sciences.

The William F. Connell School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing that incorporates courses in liberal arts, social and natural sciences 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.

Top Undergraduate Nursing Schools

College/University Name Distinction Location
Auburn University - Main Campus Students in healthcare majors can spend a summer term in Malawi, where the education focus includes the African healthcare system. Auburn, AL
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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