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Nursing Trade Schools in the U.S.

Nursing is a growing trade, and nurses at all levels are in great demand. Nursing trade schools offer programs for different types of nurses; when choosing a program, students should assess how a program fits their career goals.

Many of the top nursing trade schools offer numerous levels of study, from bachelor's, master's, to doctoral degrees. Depending on the intended career and desired length of education, students may choose to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree.

Top 10 Nursing Trade Schools

College or School Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016, In-State)*
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $49,536 (undergrad); $31,068 (graduate)
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private Master's, Doctoral $48,710 (graduate)
University of California - San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $11,220 (undergraduate); $11,220 (graduate)
University of Washington Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $11,839 (undergrad); $15,207 (graduate)
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $18,192 (undergrad); $21,260 (graduate)
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Post-Doctoral $49,241 (undergrad); $47,590 (graduate)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $47,750 (undergrad); $38,592 (graduate)
University of Maryland - Baltimore Baltimore, MD 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $8,329 (undergrad); $12,944 (graduate)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,856 (undergrad); $20,638 (graduate)
Emory University Atlanta, GA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $46,314 (undergrad); $38,800 (graduate)

Source *NCES

Selecting a Nursing Trade School

Before selecting a nursing trade school, prospective students should first determine the type of nurse they'd like to become, whether it be a licensed practical nurse, certified nurse assistant, registered nurse or nurse practitioner. Each type completes different education requirements.

Further considerations:

  • The length to completion differs by school and type of program.
  • Nurse practitioners need a master's degree, but students interested may want to find a school that also has doctorate offerings in nursing.
  • State-approved, accredited programs prepare graduates for relevant licensing exams.

Nursing trade schools are available across the country in both public and private institutions. When considering a school, prospective students may want to consider the specific type of nurse they want to become before selecting a program.

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