Registered nursing programs are offered at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. Prospective students can choose between pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree when selecting a program; completion of these programs allows them to pursue specialized graduate study
Schools with Registered Nurse Programs
Some of the most well-known and respected registered nursing programs in the United States are offered at the institutions listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $10,037; Out-of-state $27,365|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $9,806; Out-of-state $34,676|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $1,632; In-state $3,360; Out-of-state $3,756|
|Texas A & M University||College Station, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $10,176; Out-of-state $28,768|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $13,560; Out-of-state $36,360|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $15,054; Out-of-state $30,214|
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $1,504; In-state $3,184; Out-of-state $3,544|
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $1,320; In-state $2,064; Out-of-state $4,920|
|California State University-Long Beach||Long Beach, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $6,452; Out-of-state $17,612|
|University of Maryland-Baltimore||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $10,143; Out-of-state $32,779|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites
School Selection Criteria
An associate's degree in nursing is available at 2-year colleges. Bachelor's degrees in nursing are also available and go far beyond the coursework in associate's programs. Consider the following when looking for RN schools:
- Graduation from an associate's degree program makes the student eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which all registered nurses are required to pass.
- A 4-year degree program should offer classes in communication, writing, math, business, leadership and social sciences, which may not be included in the associate's degree program.
- A registered nurse college degree program should offer extensive clinical training in addition to classroom study.
- Some institutions offer distance learning, which may appeal to students who need to work part-time, or are unable to location for their studies.
By completing an associate's or bachelor's degree it is possible to become a registered nurse; those with a bachelor's degree can consider graduate studies in nursing. Tuition costs vary widely, and may be a factor in deciding which program to attend.