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
|University of Michigan-Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, Michigan||public, 4 year|| $13,856 In-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
|University of Washington||Seattle, Washington||public, 4 year|| $11,839 In-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.
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.