Colleges with Nursing Majors in the U.S.

Students interested in becoming nursing majors typically choose Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs. However, BSN programs come in many forms. In addition to enrolling in regular, 4-year BSN programs, current nurses can select accelerated bridge programs. College graduates can also choose shorter programs. Read on for more information on how to select school that offer nursing majors.

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Undergraduates hoping to become nursing majors have several options. Evaluating your skills and qualifications is important in choosing which program is right for you.

Top Eight Schools with Nursing Major Programs

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition (2015-16)*
Duke University Durham, North Carolina private, not-for-profit, 4 year $49,241
Emory University Atlanta, Georgia private, not-for-profit, 4 year $46,314
New York University New York, New York private, not-for-profit, 4 year $47,750
University of Maryland-Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland public, 4 year $8,329 In-state
$30,965 Out-of-state
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan public, 4 year $13,856 In-state
$43,476 Out-of-state
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania private, not-for-profit, 4 year $49,536
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania public, 4 year $18,192 In-state
$28,958 Out-of-state
University of Washington Seattle, Washington public, 4 year $11,839 In-state
$34,143 Out-of-state

Source: * NCES College Navigator

School Selection Criteria

Undergraduates hoping to become nursing majors have several options. Current registered nurses (RNs) may have earned associate degrees in order to earn their RN credential. They can enroll in RN-BSN programs, which are accelerated bachelor's degree programs for current nurses. Those with no nursing experience or qualifications can enroll in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Some schools offer accelerated BSN programs that are designed for students who already earned a bachelor's degree in another subject. These programs can be completed in one year. When selecting a college with nursing major programs, evaluate your current skills and qualifications.

Consider the following when selecting a program:

  • A college's nursing department or school should be accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
  • Nursing majors do quite a few clinical rotations for practical experience.
  • If you know what sort of nursing you'd like to do, look for rotations in those settings.
  • Ask the school about their graduates' first-time-pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam.

Program Information

While there are several specializations that a student nurse can pursue, he or she is expected to have a broad understanding of medicine and practices within the nursing field. Aside from the general duties of patient care, student nurses can expect course work to include health assessment, applications of nursing technology, emergency nursing, acute care of children and public health nursing.

There are many nursing programs which offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Regardless of which type of program you choose, you should make sure that the program will meet your particular state's certification and licensure requirements.

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