Our mission at Nursing Schools Almanac is to provide aspiring nurses a detailed, comprehensive, and analytical resource for selecting their future nursing school. An integral part of this effort is our annual rankings of the top nursing schools in the country.
To provide a comprehensive view, we collected a wealth of data on over 3,200 nursing schools and campuses nationwide. We then assessed each of these institutions on three critical dimensions.
Nursing Schools Almanac is proud to announce Hana Arega as the second annual recipient of the Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Hana recently graduated from West Seattle High School. She is currently pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree at the University of Washington, where she is a member of the Class of 2020.
Nursing Schools Almanac is proud to announce our third annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. We will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:
- A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
- A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare
This scholarship competition is open to all U.S. high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs.
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Kingston, New York, is home to 1,150 registered nurses (RNs), 550 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 760 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Many of these healthcare professionals earned their degree or certificate at a local college or university. Some of the best nursing schools in the area belong to the State University of New York (SUNY) system. A good example is SUNY Ulster, which offers an associate in science (ASN) program that takes just two years to complete.
The metropolitan area of Kingsport, Tennessee, is home to more than 5,000 nurses. These healthcare professionals fill a number of critical frontline roles. Registered nurses (RNs) make up the largest population of nurses in Kingsport, followed by certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs).
The city of Joplin, Missouri, is home to 220 nurse practitioners (NPs), 2,080 registered nurses (RNs), 450 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 820 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Many nurses in the metropolitan area earned their degree or certificate at a nearby college or university. One of the best local options is Missouri Southern State University. The school’s bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) students recently posted a 100% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Healthcare is one of the three largest industries in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The metropolitan area is home to 1,660 registered nurses (RNs), 500 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), 730 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and 50 certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). Johnstown is also home to one of the top accredited nursing schools in the region: the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The Pitt-Johnstown Nursing and Health Sciences Division offers a top-ranked bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and an RN-to-BSN bridge program.
Johnson City, Tennessee, is home to 2,700 registered nurses (RNs), 1,120 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 1,560 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Many of these healthcare professionals earned their diploma, certificate, or degree at a local college or university. The metropolitan area has several options, including East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Milligan College, and Tennessee College of Applied Technology’s Elizabethton campus.
The state of New York is home to more than 330,000 nurses working across a broad range of roles. Registered nurses (RNs) make up the largest population of nurses in the state, with 172,000 licensed professionals. The state’s 98,500 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) comprise the second-largest group of nurses. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) make up the third-largest nursing profession, with 47,380 licensed practitioners. Nurses are plentiful in all metropolitan areas across the state, even in smaller cities like Jamestown.
Nursing is one of the largest occupations in Jackson, Michigan, with more than 3,200 nurses employed in the greater metropolitan area. Registered nurses (RNs) account for more than half of the local nursing population. Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) comprise the second-largest population of nurses in Jackson, followed by licensed practical nurses (LPNs).
The Huntington-Ashland metropolitan area is home to more than 8,000 nursing professionals. Most nurses in this metro area earned their degree or certificate at a local college or university. The region is full of top-notch nursing schools, including Kentucky Christian University, St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Marshall University, Ohio University Southern, and Ashland Community & Technical College. Collectively, these schools offer nursing programs at all degree and certificate levels.