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List of Nursing Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Schools with nursing programs provide training in areas required for nursing careers. Degrees are available at the associate, bachelor, and master levels. There are over 800 universities across the U.S. offering degrees in nursing.

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Nurses require at least an associate degree, though those with bachelor's degrees are qualified for administrative, research, and teaching positions. Master's degrees are often given in nursing specialties, like pediatric care.

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Top 10 Nursing Schools

There are many nursing schools in the country, with the following considered among the top fifteen in the country by the educational ranking site US News & World Report. When considering a nursing program, you may want to look into applying to the following schools:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered In-state Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $49,536 (undergrad); $34,268 (graduate)
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $48,710 (undergrad); $50,510 (graduate)
University of California-San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public Master's, Doctoral $12,445 per year in-state, $72,547 out-of-state (graduate)
University of Washington Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $11,839 (undergrad); $16,278 (graduate)
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $18,192 (undergrad); $22,060 (graduate)
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $49,241 (undergrad); $48,656 (graduate)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $47,750 (undergrad); $40,984 (graduate)
University of Maryland-Baltimore Baltimore, MD 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $11,006 (undergrad); $14,761 (graduate)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,856 (undergrad); $20,966 (graduate)
Emory University Atlanta, GA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $46,314 (undergrad); $41,940 (graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when selecting a nursing program:

  • Completing a 2-year associate program and passing the NCLEX qualifies a nurse for entry level positions. However, bachelor's degrees are increasingly becoming the norm for moving up in the profession.
  • If a student has an interest in management, pursuing a master's degree can help them advance toward those positions.
  • Since passing the NCLEX is a prerequisite for entry level positions, when choosing a school students should make sure the program meets all NCLEX requirements for their state.
  • Schools with affiliated or on-campus hospitals offer a close clinical experience and potential for employment after graduation.

When picking a nursing degree program and level, students should consider their career aspirations within the healthcare industry. All nurses must pass the NCLEX examination before qualifying to work within their field, so it is vital that students bear this in mind when choosing a school.

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