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Nursing Degree Programs

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Looking for a career that's more than just a job? A career in nursing brings new and interesting hands-on challenges nearly every day, and the feeling of helping people for a living can be a benefit beyond measure. If you've ever thought about working in the healthcare field, we've got information that can help you get on track.

Nursing programs are on the rise at colleges and universities. The shift is most noticeable in southern states like Florida, where the number of associate and bachelor's degrees available for registered nurses (RNs) in the region has risen by more than a third since 2003. You can start work as an RN before earning a full bachelor's degree, but paths to advancement in the field typically require a four-year degree or higher.

On top of the growing number of degrees available, there are also some great initiatives that offer financial aid and other assistance to nursing students and graduates. The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program, for example, is a national program that can pay up to 85 percent of an eligible practicing nurse's unpaid student debt.

Clinical sections of RN training typically must be done in person, but the academic portions of nursing programs can often be found online or through other distance education methods. Master's degree candidates may especially be able to benefit from online nursing programs -- some of the best schools in the country offer graduate nurse education in the virtual classroom.

Read on to learn about the best schools for nursing degrees and pick up some info on various career paths within the nursing profession. You can also find details about top programs for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degrees, plus a few tips about nursing certification and licensure, nursing specializations, financial aid initiatives and professional organizations for nurses.

Best Colleges for Nursing Degree Programs 2019-20

To compile this list, we gathered data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and scored hundreds of active nursing schools in important categories like affordability, schedule flexibility, graduation rate and availability of essential student services. Click the button for more detail about our methodology, and read on below to find out who made the list of the best nursing schools in the country.

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1University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)+
ADMISSION RATE
42%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
50

The University of Florida has been serving the students of the Sunshine State for more than 160 years. Students here tend to stick with their degree programs once they start them -- the graduation and first-year student retention rates here are more than 88 percent and 96 percent, respectively, placing it among the top 25 nursing schools in the country in those categories.

Nursing programs at UF: Nursing students here can choose among three types of B.S.N. degree plan, including a 60-credit accelerated B.S.N. designed for aspiring nurses who hold a bachelor's degree in another subject. Several doctoral-level programs, such as nursing bridge programs from a B.S.N. to either a D.N.P. or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, are available at UF as well.

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2James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)+
ADMISSION RATE
75%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$70
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
8

This large institution in northern Virginia educates over 20,000 students each year, with the balance of the student body tilted roughly 90-10 in favor of undergraduates. James Madison University earmarks one of the nation's largest percentages of its yearly budget for instructional and academic support, suggesting that the administration places a high priority on educational quality and student success.

Nursing programs at JMU: If you're seeking a nursing degree program at the bachelor's level or above, JMU has got you covered. It offers a traditional B.S.N. program and an RN to B.S.N. bridge program, as well as options at the master's and doctoral levels. The M.S.N. curriculum here features six available specializations, and undergraduates can opt for a chronic illness minor to broaden their base of healthcare knowledge.

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3Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Shell Lake, WI)+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
22

Originally founded in 1912, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College holds an attractive distinction among our top 10 nursing schools. Graduates reported leaving school with the smallest amount of student debt of any of the schools on our list. In fact, the average debt load of around $7,900 for WITC graduates was less than the average tuition for one university year in the state of Wisconsin.

Nursing programs at WITC: The nursing programs on offer here are primarily designed to train entry-level nurses. The Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) at WITC can be taken as a traditional degree or an LPN to RN bridge program. Students looking for a shorter path to the workforce can opt for a nursing assistant diploma program that requires just three credits to complete.

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4University of South Florida - Main Campus (Tampa, FL)+
ADMISSION RATE
45%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
22

This research university located just minutes from Tampa Bay serves more than 50,000 students at its three area campuses. Although it's relatively young among research universities -- founded just over 60 years ago -- the University of South Florida awarded more degrees than any other school in our top ten and ranks in the top 20 institutions worldwide for the number of patents granted to students and faculty.

Nursing programs at USF: The Tampa school offers an accelerated nursing degree for undergraduates with a previous bachelor's, a traditional B.S.N. and an online RN to B.S.N. bridge program. Graduate students have an array of study plans to choose from, including a part-time M.S.N. program and a nurse anesthesia specialization for B.S.N. graduates that takes nine semesters to complete.

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5University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)+
ADMISSION RATE
50%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
45

The University of Central Florida is one of the largest universities in the country, boasting a student body of more than 68,000 learners. It's also one of the top universities for aspiring nurses and other health care personnel -- the list of its three most popular majors includes a B.S.N. and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in health sciences.

Nursing programs at UCF: The array of nursing degrees available here is one of the more diverse on our list, including an A.S.N. to B.S.N. program that allows students to attend classes at the Orlando campus, online or at partner schools elsewhere in the area. It also offers a nurse educator master's degree and an online nursing program for RNs seeking B.S.N. status.

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6Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)+
ADMISSION RATE
13%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$70
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
101

If any institution among nursing and healthcare schools needs no introduction, it's Johns Hopkins University. This Baltimore school has been a national leader in health and medical education for centuries and has a graduation rate that ranks No. 10 out of the more than 1,500 colleges and universities we surveyed for this study. It also spends more per student on institutional and academic support than any other school on our list.

Nursing programs at Johns Hopkins: The school of nursing at Johns Hopkins offers only graduate programs, although the catalog does feature an M.S.N. degree plan for aspiring nurses without clinical experience. Students here can also choose among several online nursing programs, including an M.S.N. in health systems management and eight D.N.P. specialties.

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7Florida International University (Miami, FL)+
ADMISSION RATE
54%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
45

Florida International University is true to its name. Students at the Miami institution come from more than 140 different countries and the institution is home to over 300 cultural organizations and other student associations. FIU also goes out of its way to provide arts and culture programming to its students, featuring four museum and gallery spaces and putting on music festivals throughout the year.

Nursing programs at FIU: More than a dozen nursing programs are available at FIU, from four B.S.N. tracks to a five-year B.S.N. to Ph.D. bridge program for research-minded nursing students. Seven doctoral study tracks can be found here, as well as a post-master's certificate program for aspiring nurse practitioners that takes 28-32 credits to complete.

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8Clarkson College (Omaha, NE)+
ADMISSION RATE
62%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
19

Clarkson College became Nebraska's first school of nursing at its founding in 1888, and it's continued its original mission even through the expansions of its catalog over the last 130 years. This close-knit institution might be a great choice for students who prefer an intimate learning environment -- the student body comprised fewer than 1,300 students in 2018, and the student-faculty ratio is a comfortable 13:1.

Nursing programs at Clarkson: The LPN to B.S.N. track at Clarkson can help licensed practical and vocational nurses advance their education while training to take on registered nursing responsibilities and can be completed in as few as six semesters. RNs with an associate degree can also move straight into an M.S.N. degree with a 130-credit RN to M.S.N. bridge program.

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9University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)+
ADMISSION RATE
24%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$85
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
12

The graduation rate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks it among our 20 best colleges and universities in that category nationwide, and its annual budget allocates more than $12,000 per student to instructional and academic support expenses. The Chapel Hill campus is the flagship institution of the UNC system, which educates close to a quarter of a million students across its 16 campuses each semester.

Nursing programs at UNC-Chapel Hill: Undergraduate options at this North Carolina institution include a traditional B.S.N. and a four-semester accelerated plan that can be completed by students who already hold a bachelor's degree in a different field. The master's program here comes in two flavors -- RN to M.S.N. and B.S.N. to M.S.N. -- and postdoctoral fellowships are available for dedicated nursing scholars.

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10Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)+
ADMISSION RATE
58%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$70
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
35

Rutgers University, one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the U.S., has been educating students in its home state of New Jersey since before the American Revolution. The flagship New Brunswick campus is located less than 35 miles from New York City and 65 miles from Philadelphia, giving nursing graduates access to two of the largest job markets in the country once they complete their programs.

Nursing programs at Rutgers: The D.N.P. program at Rutgers features nearly a dozen nursing specializations and has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 20 such programs nationwide. Advanced nursing students can choose among six post-master's certificates to educate themselves in a new specialty and change the direction of their career.

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Nursing Degree Programs and Common Career Paths

Different levels of nursing education cover different bodies of knowledge and prepare you for different sets of careers. Here's a quick rundown of what you can expect from each of the following degree levels.

Undergraduate certificate programs in nursing
These non-degree programs tend to require the lowest number of credit hours of all the different nursing program levels. The courses you'll take tend to depend on whether or not you've already worked in the nursing profession -- some certificates focus on providing entry-level training while others are designed to add depth to a working nurse's skillset. Certificates for first-time nurses typically cover subjects like anatomy and physiology, human growth and development, nutrition, pharmacology, biology and the basic practical principles of nursing.
Nursing assistants
Sometimes called nursing aides, nursing assistants perform important patient care tasks such as measuring vital signs and helping patients eat. Explore nursing assistant careers for more insight to the job.
Licensed practical and vocational nurses (LPNs/LVNs)
These high-demand professionals provide basic medical care to patients and work primarily in residential care facilities.
Associate degree programs in nursing
The Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) -- far and away the most common program for aspiring RNs looking to enter the nursing workforce for the first time -- commonly requires around two years of full-time study and goes deeper into the fundamentals of the profession than a certificate program. Courses that focus on specific practice areas like adult nursing, maternal nursing, child nursing and gerontology are often offered alongside a robust collection of relevant general education subjects like chemistry, psychology and microbiology.
Personal care nurses
Also known as home health nurses, personal care nurses visit patients in their homes and provide care for a set number of hours per day.
Outpatient care nurses
These nurses focus their energy on providing assistance and routine care to patients recovering from surgeries, treatments and other medical procedures.
Bachelor's degree programs in nursing
Courses covered in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) programs like these include deeper explorations of topics touched on in associate degree programs, and may include introductions to advanced concepts like genetics, molecular therapy, obstetric nursing, mental health care and nursing statistics for evidence-based practice.
Registered Nurses
Also known as RNs, registered nurses work in a variety of settings and can become registered through a B.S.N. progam in addition to the A.D.N. program route.
Health service managers
Also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, these professionals manage personnel, technology, budgeting and regulatory compliance for clinical facilities.
Master's degree programs in nursing
The wide variety of study programs at the graduate level means that the curriculum you'll study depends heavily on the specialized study plan you choose. Nursing education, nursing informatics, nursing leadership and family nurse practitioner are some of the more common major subjects of M.S.N. programs nationwide.
Nursing instructors
These nurses work in colleges and vocational schools to teach the fundamentals of nursing to future generations of health care students.
Emergency room nurses
ER nurses may have trained with an emergency care focus and advanced study in subjects like pathophysiology, health assessment, pharmacotherapeutics, collaborative care management, clinical reasoning and emergency nursing
Doctoral programs in nursing
Nursing programs at the doctoral level can prepare you to take a leading role in clinical or research environments and use your combined knowledge and experience to provide high-level care or advance the nursing profession as a whole. Clinical D.N.P. tracks teach the skills necessary to become a high-level APRN or a clinical nurse specialist (CNS), while Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs focus on research and leadership. Courses studied in clinical programs address the specifics of advanced practice, while research and executive-track programs concentrate on policy, research and statistics.
Nurse anesthetists
These top-tier nurses provide anesthesia and related care to patients and are among the highest paid in the nursing profession.
Clinical nurse specialists
CRNs provide specialized care in fields such as pediatrics or mental health and often serve in leadership or advocacy roles.

Nursing Bridge Programs

If you've already earned one of the above nursing degrees and you're looking to move up a level in your career, nursing bridge programs can help. These programs were developed with the goal of making it possible for nurses to expand their career horizons without starting from square one in a new academic program. Here's a quick breakdown of the three most common nursing bridge programs:

LPN/LVN to RNRN to B.S.N.B.S.N. to M.S.N.
Available careers after graduation
  • Registered nurse
  • Operating room (OR) nurse
  • Personal care nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • School nurse
  • Pediatric nurse
  • Advanced practice registered nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse administrator
Licensure requirementsActive LPN/LVN licenseActive RN licenseActive RN license
Program length for full-time students12-18 months1-4 years, depending on previous college work2-3 years
What you can expect to studyGeneral education subjects in the sciences and humanities; clinical protocols; care practicum for specific populationsFurther general education in chemistry, biology, social science and more; pharmacology; health informatics; intro to researchAdvanced coursework in your chosen specialty (nurse midwifery, critical care, gerontology, nurse education, health administration, etc.)

Nursing Specialties and Specializations

Specialization is one of the cornerstones of successful nurse education. Here's some detail about a few key roles that nursing students might choose to focus on in their nursing programs:

  • Nurse midwife. Nurse midwives deliver obstetric and gynecological (OB/GYN) care, up to and including infant delivery and surgical assistance during caesarian births.
  • Public health nurse. Nurses in public health roles focus mainly on educating communities about avoiding or managing diseases and chronic health conditions. They may organize community health screenings, blood drives or other outreach programs.
  • Critical care nurse. Critical care nurses are specially trained to provide care to patients with serious, complex or acute conditions that must be closely monitored.
  • Nurse advocate. These nurses focus on fostering communication between patients and medical personnel. They typically work in large hospitals or outpatient surgery centers.

Nursing Program Accreditation

When a nursing program has earned accreditation, students can rest assured that the education they receive will be up to the standard of quality that employers and advanced nursing schools expect. It goes without saying that you want an education that sets you up for success, so make sure to give first consideration to nursing degrees that are accredited by one of the following agencies:

  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Specific nursing specialties might have their own specialized agencies for nursing program accreditation, as well. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and the American College of Nurse-Midwives Division of Accreditation (ACNM) are two such examples.

Nursing Certification and Licensure

Nursing certification and licensure are two different things, but they're equally important to a nurse's career. We'll go over the differences here, as well as provide further references for specific nursing careers.

Certification is the process by which a non-governmental organization issues formal recognition that an individual's qualifications meet the level of knowledge and skill required for their profession. There are nearly 200 specialized nursing certifications in the U.S., offered by dozens of different industry and professional groups.

Licensure, on the other hand, is a grant of legal authority to practice a regulated profession. In the U.S., nursing licenses are awarded by the state or territory where you intend to practice. Most state licensing boards expect candidates to have already earned certification in their field before applying to be licensed.

For more information on nursing certification and licensure, check out our pages for these individual nursing careers:

  • Licensed practical/vocational nurses
  • Registered nurses
  • Advanced practice registered nurses

Career Outlook for Nursing

Rapid job growth can be found all across the health care industry, and nursing is certainly no exception, which could be a good indicator for those looking to work or study full-time or part-time as a nurse. Check out this rundown of the career outlook for aspiring nurses and the nursing practice to see if options from a nursing BSN degree program to a DNP nursing degree program could be up your alley. 

JOB TITLE
AVERAGE SALARY($)
EMPLOYMENT
PROJECTED JOB GROWTH(%)
Home Health Aides$25,330797,67046.7%
Nurse Practitioners$110,030179,65036%
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary$81,35055,71024%
Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides$28,1802,355,64023.4%
Nurse Midwives$106,9106,25020.6%
Nurse Anesthetists$174,79043,52016%
Registered Nurses$75,5102,951,96014.8%
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$47,050701,69012.2%
Nursing Assistants$29,5801,450,96010.9%
Source: 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.
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Are there significant differences between RN training in diploma programs vs. associate degree programs or online nursing programs?

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Yes. Not all diploma programs offer college level classes and not all are two-year or four-year or offer online nursing progams. In today's environment it is important to confirm the diploma program you are considering is affiliated with an accredited college and awards college credit for the work you do whether full-time or part-time, or for  BSN program or others.

Q:

Which nursing degree would you recommend to new nursing students seeking a nursing education today? Is it a good idea to go straight to nursing schools for a BSN or MSN programs or should they spend some time hands-on working as an RN first, whether full-time or part-time or something in between?

A:

Either is OK — it depends upon their end goal. Many nursing students are second career or returning students, so a degree in a non-nursing field positions them well for a direct entry advanced practice program if nurse practitioner is the goal.

Nursing Initiatives and Funding

Numerous governmental and private organizations are working to support the nursing profession by providing funding for nursing schools and offering financial aid opportunities for prospective nurses. Here's a list of just a few programs you can check out:

  • The National League for Nursing (NLN) offers grants and scholarships designed to help nurses and nurse educators advance research and scholarship in the nursing field.
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) features loan repayment programs (LRP) designed to help doctors, nurses, dentists, and other medical and research personnel repay their college debt.
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) provides a wide range of nursing scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students.

State-specific initiatives, such as the Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program (NSLFP) in Florida that awards up to $4,000 per year for four years, can also help you pay for your nursing education. Check with your state board of nursing or chat with advisors at your nursing school to learn more about your options.

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Nursing

Fortunately for those working on their nursing education, a wide range of scholarships are offered to undergraduate nursing students such as those looking to enroll in a BSN program or earn a DNP degree. Many of the available aid packages are specific to certain nursing specialties like emergency, long term care and behavioral health nursing, while others, like the Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship, are open to all nursing students in the nursing practice.

Paul Beeson Career Development Award
Applicant must have a clinical doctoral degree (M.D., D.O., D.D.S.) or its equivalent (this may include individuals holding both a M.D. and Ph.D. degrees as well as individuals with a Ph.D. in clinical fields such as clinical psychology, nursing, or physical therapy). Selection is based upon academic merit, the quality and originality of the research project, a well-developed mentorship plan, and the commitment of the sponsoring institution. More

AWARD AMOUNT

$800,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 23

 

 

J. Hugh and Earle W. Fellows Memorial Fund
Applicant must be a permanent resident of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, or Walton County, FL, be of good moral character, and qualified scholastically and intellectually. Ministry majors must be associated with the Episcopal church or a faith whose religious beliefs are not in substantial conflict with the Episcopal church. Recipient must have been accepted by or be successfully pursuing training at an accredited college or university in the appropriate field of study. More

AWARD AMOUNT

$120,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Rolling

 

 

Nurse Candidate Program
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be full-time students who have completed two or more years of a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program at an accredited college or university. They must meet the Navy's physical fitness requirements. Recipients of this award will be required to fulfill an active duty service obligation of up to five years as an officer in the Navy Nurse Corps. Selection is based on the overall strength of the application. More

AWARD AMOUNT

$34,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Open

 

 

Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program
Applicant must graduate from a college in Maryland or from a law school and be employed full-time in state or local government or in a nonprofit organization in Maryland. Applicant's employer must help low income, underserved residents or underserved areas in the state. Applicant must have loans from a university, government, or commercial source used to pay for college expenses. Applicant may not be in default on a loan. Gross salary cannot exceed $50,000 and, if married, combined salaries cannot exceed $110,000. More

AWARD AMOUNT

$30,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 1

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Reapplication required for renewal.

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Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all schools must meet the following initial criteria for the specific subject being ranked.

  1. Offer a degree or certificate program in that subject
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in the most recent year of IPEDS data available.

Based on those criteria, we ranked all 2-year and 4-year schools in IPEDS that reported data for all of the following points. Ratings are calculated on a 10-point scale, using the weights specified.

  1. In-state undergraduate tuition & fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
  2. Median debt of completers, College Scorecard, 2017
  3. 3-year loan repayment rate, College Scorecard, 2017
  4. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
  5. Full-time retention rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
  6. Institutional spending, based on two equally weighted factors, National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
    • Instructional and academic support expenses per full-time enrolled student
    • Instructional and academic support spending as a percentage of all expenses
  7. Flexibility, based on the following factors, National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
    • Percent of students enrolled fully or partly in distance education
    • Whether the school offers programs that can be completed entirely in the evenings and on weekends
    • Whether the school offers academic and career counseling
  8. Size of program, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded in 2016-17 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
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