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Top 10 Nursing Schools in the U.S.
This list of the best nursing schools in the country is based on the U.S. News and World Report 2011 Rankings. All ten are consistently at the top of college and university rankings for their nursing programs. Three schools are tied for first place, two schools are tied for fourth place, and four schools are tied for the bottoms four spots in the top 10.
1. Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins consistently comes at the top of the ratings for the medical and public health fields. The School of Nursing was established in 1889, making it one of the oldest and preeminent nursing schools in the country. It is also among the top schools to receive research funding from the National Institute of Health. The school offers an accelerated Baccalaureate program, along with graduate and certificate programs in several different areas.
1. University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
U Penn is another school that always appears at the top of lists for nursing institutions. The Ivy League school also tends to rank higher than other top nursing schools on student satisfaction surveys such as StudentsReview.com. Since March 9, 2010 the U Penn School of Nursing has ranked first in funding from the National Institute of Health. They have a unique graduate-level specialization in adult home care.
1. University of Washington – Seattle, WA
The UW Graduate School of Nursing has been ranked first in the country since 1984, when the first survey of graduate schools was conducted. They have programs in Biobehavorial Nursing and Health Systems, Family and Child Nursing, and Psychosocial and Community Health.
4. University of California – San Francisco, CA
UCSF is notable for its Medical Center, which includes treatment in a number of areas including kidney and liver transplants, neurology, and oncology. Many faculty members work at the Center, which is ranked as one of the best in the nation and gives nursing students the opportunity to practice in a state-of-the-art facility. The medical nurse, nurse practitioner, and mental health programs at UCSF tend to be ranked particularly well.
4. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC
UNC Chapel Hill offers 121 interdisciplinary research facilities as well as specialist programs in psychiatric/mental health clinical nursing, nursing service administration and pediatric nurse practitioner.
6. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
U of M provides its nursing students with intensive practical experience with its Clinical Learning Center, which has a clinical simulation lab and partnerships with clinical mentor-preceptors. The school offers programs in Acute, Critical and Long-Term Care, Health Promotion and Risk-Reduction Programs, and Nursing Business and Health Systems.
7. Duke University – Durham, NC
Duke offers a unique 16-month accelerated BSN program along with several graduate programs. The School of Nursing also has a particular commitment to promoting diversity through international research collaborations, global and community health initiatives, a cultural immersion opportunity for clinical or residency requirements, and an Assembly for Men in Nursing.
7. Oregon Health and Science University – Portland, OR
OHSU is the only health and research university in Oregon, specializing as a training clinic and research center for the medical field. Its programs for gerontology, geriatric nurse practitioners, and family nurse practitioners rank particularly well. OHSU also has two hospitals, a general hospital and a children’s hospital.
7. University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA
U Pitt offers an accelerated BSN to students who already have a bachelor’s or graduate degree in another discipline. Some of its notable specialties include Nursing-Anesthesia and Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.
7. Yale University – New Haven, CT
Yale was the first independent University-based school of nursing, founded in 1923. In addition to its graduate degree programs, Yale has a Graduate Entry Pre-specialty in Nursing (GEPN) program, which is intended for students with a bachelor's degree but no background in nursing.
Andrea Erins runs the website site www.mastersineducation.com. She has been a college professor for 13 years and likes to write about various topics related to education.