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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

For our inaugural rankings, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on over 3,200 nursing schools and campuses throughout the United States. We evaluated each school on three dimensions:

  • The institution’s academic prestige and perceived value
  • The breadth and depth of nursing programs offered
  • Student success, particularly on the NCLEX national licensure exam

We then combined these assessments into an overall score and ranked the schools accordingly. For a detailed description of our assessment methodology and dimension weights, please see here.

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#91: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio | San Antonio, TX
The School of Nursing (SoN) at UT Health Science Center San Antonio offers its 750 students a broad array of programs, including two BSN tracks, seven MSN majors, a DNP program, and the only nursing PhD in southern Texas. The SoN maintains one of the lowest tuition rates in the country, and it has offered over $450,000 annually in merit- and need-based scholarships since 2000. The school’s graduates are fully prepared for licensure and employment, with NCLEX pass rates well above the national average and a gainful employment rate of approximately 90%.


#92: George Washington University | Washington, DC
The George Washington University School of Nursing (SON) boasts the #13 online MSN program, according to U.S. News & World Report. In fact, more than 550 of the SON’s 800-plus enrolled students complete courses online. The school maintains locations on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus as well as Foggy Bottom, and students within the Virginia Community College System and Maryland’s Montgomery College are guaranteed admission. George Washington focuses its nursing research efforts primarily on health policy and aging.


#93: The University of Alabama | Tuscaloosa, AL
The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) enrolls almost 1,800 students across its bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. MSN students can choose to specialize as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse leaders, or case managers. The BSN program is known for its individualized student attention, with clinical opportunities at facilities in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding communities. CCN partners with the AfterCollege™ network to provide its students job placement, career development, and scholarship opportunities.


#94: Creighton University | Omaha, NE
Creighton University’s College of Nursing was the first Nebraska nursing school to offer CNL and DNP programs. Students in the school’s MSN program have the opportunity to cross-enroll at Creighton’s Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, helping them to hone their critical thinking and leadership skills. Creighton’s aspiring nurses participate in a number of clinical programs in the Omaha area, including annual health screenings for over 9,000 local school children.


#95: University of Saint Joseph | West Hartford, CT
Students within the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Nursing Department enjoy a student-to-faculty clinical ratio of 8:1, ensuring individualized attention and support. USJ’s central location provides access to renowned local healthcare facilities like Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and Yale-New Haven Hospital. The school offers a prelicensure BSN program with approximately 50 graduates each year, as well as MSN tracks for aspiring family nurse practitioners, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners, and nurse educators.


#96: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Little Rock, AR
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing offers BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD programs to more than 600 students. Situated within the state’s only academic health science center, UAMS allows nurses to specialize in primary care, family psychiatric and mental health, gerontology, women’s health, genetics, and pediatrics. In partnership with several magnet clinical centers and healthcare facilities across Arkansas, the faculty focuses its research on cancer, sleep, cardiovascular systems, gerontology, and forensic nursing.


#97: Allen College | Waterloo, IA
Located in northeastern Iowa, the Allen College School of Nursing provides degree programs at the BSN, MSN, and DNP level. MSN specializations include leadership in healthcare delivery, nursing education, and several nurse practitioner tracks. In fact, the school’s MSN program was recently ranked among the country’s top 25 online nursing programs by Allen College maintains close relationships with local educational institutions and community colleges, so that graduates from those schools can seamlessly transition into the BSN program.


#98: University of Hawaii at Manoa | Honolulu, HI
Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 60 online nursing schools in the country, UH Manoa’s School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene (SONDH) is the only doctoral and research-intensive nursing school in the state. Approximately 650 students are enrolled in the school’s BSN, MSN, DNP, and nursing PhD programs. SONDH provided over $300,000 in traditional scholarships and grants during the 2014-15 academic year. In addition, the school awarded $350,000 in Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships to 16 nurse practitioner students who worked in traditionally underserved communities.


#99: Illinois State University | Normal, IL
The Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) at Illinois State University boasts a stellar 97% NCLEX first-time pass rate over the past eight years. With an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio at clinical sites, nurses receive personalized support from nationally recognized faculty. MCN’s Transcultural Nursing Experience program provides immersion opportunities in rural healthcare settings. These include global destinations like England, Russia, and Kenya, as well as local sites in Kentucky, Texas, and the Chicago suburbs.


#100: York College of Pennsylvania | York, PA
York College’s Stabler Department of Nursing provides top-notch simulation labs, relationships with local hospitals, and nurse-managed centers where its students can develop clinical skills. The nursing major graduates approximately 120 students annually, each of whom must complete five full semesters of clinical experience. York’s MSN program supports nurses who want to learn advanced skills in a number of specialized roles, including adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, and nurse anesthetist.


The accredited schools below also offer highly regarded nursing programs. Many of them are taught online.

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