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2021 Best Nursing Schools

2,066 Colleges
$67,065 Avg Salary
$26,282 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Nursing School for You

In 2018-2019, 305,309 degrees and certificates were awarded to nursing students, making the major the most popular in the country.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which healthcare program is right for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Healthcare Degree Search has created its Best Nursing Schools ranking. This report analyzed 2,066 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for healthcare students.

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2021 Best Nursing Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Nursing Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Nursing

Our analysis found Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing to be the best school for nursing students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Teaneck.

Nursing majors at Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing take out an average of $20,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $208.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend St Lukes Hospital School of Nursing. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Nursing Schools list. Located in the suburb of Bethlehem, St Lukes Hospital School of Nursing is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their degree, nursing majors at St Lukes Hospital School of Nursing accumulate an average of around $16,500 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $171.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Samuel Merritt University is a great place for nursing students. Located in the large city of Oakland, Samuel Merritt University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Nursing majors at Samuel Merritt University take out an average of $84,868 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $977, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at Aria Health School of Nursing helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Trevose, Aria Health School of Nursing is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Aria Health School of Nursing take out is $26,205. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $272.

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#5

Unitek College

Fremont, CA

Out of the 1,729 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Unitek College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Unitek College is a small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fremont.

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Lutheran School of Nursing

Saint Louis, MO

Lutheran School of Nursing came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Saint Louis, Lutheran School of Nursing is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

On average, nursing graduates from Lutheran School of Nursing take out $8,100 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $84.

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With a ranking of #7, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside School of Nursing did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside School of Nursing is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside School of Nursing take out is $12,400. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $129, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc ranked #8 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools list. Located in the city of Madison, MTSA is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences ranked #9 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools list. RHSHS is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Reading.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at RHSHS take out is $15,835. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $164, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #10, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Lubbock.

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#11

Citizens School of Nursing

New Kensington, PA

Citizens School of Nursing did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for nursing students. It came in at #11 on the list. Citizens School of Nursing is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of New Kensington.

After completing their degree, nursing graduates from Citizens School of Nursing carry an average student debtload of $15,250. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $158.

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Baylor College of Medicine ranked #12 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools list. Located in the large city of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Mercy Hospital School of Nursing ranked #13 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools list. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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Trinity Health System School of Nursing did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for nursing students. It came in at #14 on the list. Trinity Health System School of Nursing is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Steubenville.

On average, nursing graduates from Trinity Health System School of Nursing take out $15,350 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $159.

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Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing ranked #15 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools list. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, West Penn Hospital School of Nursing is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their degree, nursing graduates from West Penn Hospital School of Nursing carry an average student debtload of $13,371. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $139.

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Midwestern University - Glendale landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best nursing programs. Midwestern University - Glendale is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Glendale.

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University of Providence

Great Falls, MT

University of Providence did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for nursing students. It came in at #17 on the list. University of Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Great Falls.

After completing their degree, nursing graduates from University of Providence carry an average student debtload of $12,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $130.

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Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for nursing students. It came in at #18 on the list. Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Brockton.

While working on their degree, nursing majors at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing accumulate an average of around $20,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $208.

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Concordia University - Saint Paul came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Concordia University - Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

On average, nursing graduates from Concordia University - Saint Paul take out $17,499 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $182, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Stanbridge University

Irvine, CA

Stanbridge University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for nursing students. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the city of Irvine, Stanbridge is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

With a ranking of #21, Loma Linda University did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students. Loma Linda University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Loma Linda.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Loma Linda University take out is $49,206. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $557.

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With a ranking of #22, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students. Located in the medium-sized city of Rochester, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine take out is $46,519. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $537, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #23, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students. UTHealth is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Houston.

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Jameson Health System

New Castle, PA

Jameson Health System did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for nursing students. It came in at #24 on the list. Jameson Health System is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of New Castle.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Jameson Health System take out is $15,500. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $161.

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Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

Saint Vincent College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools list. Located in the suburb of Latrobe, Saint Vincent is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, nursing graduates from Saint Vincent take out $114,902 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,339.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Nursing Schools

#27

Albany Medical College

Albany, NY
#28

Pacific College

Costa Mesa, CA
#32

St Margaret School of Nursing

Pittsburgh, PA
#37

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#45

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY
#49

Ambria College of Nursing

Hoffman Estates, IL
#50

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Nursing Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 2066 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Jersey College Teterboro, NJ
52 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
53 American Sentinel University Aurora, CO
54 Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Medford, MA
55 The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX
56 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
57 Riverside College of Health Careers Newport News, VA
58 Excelsior College Albany, NY
59 Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts San Mateo, CA
60 Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, TX
61 Chamberlain University - Illinois Addison, IL
62 University of Delaware Newark, DE
63 Mount Marty University Yankton, SD
64 Yale University New Haven, CT
65 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
66 SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, NY
67 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
68 Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson, NV
68 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
70 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
71 Creighton University Omaha, NE
72 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
73 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
74 Duke University Durham, NC
75 Baptist Health System School of Health Professions San Antonio, TX
76 Vermont Technical College Randolph, VT
77 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
78 University of Maryland - Baltimore Baltimore, MD
79 Chamberlain University - Texas Houston, TX
80 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
81 St Joseph School of Nursing Nashua, NH
82 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
83 Helene Fuld College of Nursing New York, NY
84 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
85 Chamberlain University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
86 Chamberlain University-Indiana Indianapolis, IN
87 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
88 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
89 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
90 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
91 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
92 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
93 West Coast University-Miami Doral, FL
94 New York University New York, NY
95 Touro University California Vallejo, CA
96 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
97 American University of Health Sciences Signal Hill, CA
98 West Coast University - Ontario Ontario, CA
99 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
100 George Washington University Washington, DC
101 Baptist Health College-Little Rock Little Rock, AR
102 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
103 Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing Troy, NY
104 West Coast University - Los Angeles North Hollywood, CA
105 Kettering College Kettering, OH
106 Chamberlain University - Florida Jacksonville, FL
107 Resurrection University Chicago, IL
108 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
109 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
110 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
111 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
112 Chamberlain University-Nevada Las Vegas, NV
113 Chamberlain University - Virginia Arlington, VA
114 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
115 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
116 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
117 University of California - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
118 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
119 The University of Tennessee-Health Science Center Memphis, TN
120 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
121 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
122 Bellin College Green Bay, WI
123 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
124 Utica College Utica, NY
125 University of Portland Portland, OR
126 University of Mount Union Alliance, OH
127 Frontier Nursing University Hyden, KY
128 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
129 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
130 Saint Elizabeth College of Nursing Utica, NY
131 Simpson University Redding, CA
132 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
133 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
134 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
135 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
136 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
137 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
138 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
139 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA
140 Touro University Nevada Henderson, NV
141 Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD
142 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
143 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus, OH
144 Chamberlain University-Michigan Troy, MI
145 Emory University Atlanta, GA
146 Illinois State University Normal, IL
147 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
148 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
149 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
150 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
151 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
152 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
153 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
154 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
155 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
156 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
157 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
158 Chamberlain University - Arizona Phoenix, AZ
159 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
160 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
161 National University La Jolla, CA
162 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
163 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
164 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
165 Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg, VA
166 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
167 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
168 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
169 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
170 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
171 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
172 Holy Names University Oakland, CA
173 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
174 St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights, NY
175 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
176 Georgetown University Washington, DC
177 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
178 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
179 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
180 Laboure College Milton, MA
181 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
182 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
183 Chamberlain University - Ohio Columbus, OH
184 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
185 Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando, FL
186 Graham Hospital School of Nursing Canton, IL
187 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
188 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
189 Maine College of Health Professions Lewiston, ME
190 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
191 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
192 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA
193 Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge, LA
194 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
195 Endicott College Beverly, MA
196 Franklin Pierce University Rindge, NH
197 Barnes - Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing Saint Louis, MO
198 Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Kansas City, MO
199 Chatham University Pittsburgh, PA
200 Chamberlain University - Missouri St. Louis, MO
201 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
202 Pennsylvania State University - Fayette - Eberly Campus Lemont Furnace, PA
203 Presentation College Aberdeen, SD
204 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
205 Athena Career Academy Toledo, OH
206 Winona State University Winona, MN
207 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
208 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
209 Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines, IA
210 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
211 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
212 Felician University Lodi, NJ
213 Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Richmond, VA
214 Shenandoah University Winchester, VA
215 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
216 Lees - McRae College Banner Elk, NC
217 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
218 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
219 Bethel University McKenzie, TN
220 Curry College Milton, MA
221 Dallas Nursing Institute Dallas, TX
222 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
223 CUNY Lehman College Bronx, NY
224 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
225 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
226 Galen College of Nursing-San Antonio San Antonio, TX
227 Minot State University Minot, ND
228 Rasmussen College - Illinois Rockford, IL
229 Sentara College of Health Sciences Chesapeake, VA
230 Clarkson College Omaha, NE
231 Clemson University Clemson, SC
232 McKendree University Lebanon, IL
233 Gannon University Erie, PA
234 St. John’s College Springfield, IL
235 Denver College of Nursing Denver, CO
236 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
237 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
238 Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay Saint Petersburg, FL
239 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
240 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
241 Midland University Fremont, NE
242 Nevada State College Henderson, NV
243 Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte, NC
244 West Hills College-Lemoore Lemoore, CA
245 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
246 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
247 Pennsylvania State University - Shenango Sharon, PA
248 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
249 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
250 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
251 Goshen College Goshen, IN
252 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, PA
253 University of Maine at Fort Kent Fort Kent, ME
254 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
255 Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Peoria, IL
256 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
257 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
258 Saint Ambrose University Davenport, IA
259 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Nursing Schools award.

Rank College Location
260 Pennsylvania State University - New Kensington New Kensington, PA
261 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
262 Jefferson College of Health Sciences Roanoke, VA
263 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
264 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
265 Northeastern University Boston, MA
266 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
267 Bay State College Boston, MA
268 Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies Fayette, MO
269 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
270 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
271 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
272 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
273 College of Saint Elizabeth Morristown, NJ
274 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
275 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
276 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
277 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
278 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
279 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
280 New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI
281 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston, MA
282 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
283 MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS
284 Columbia College of Nursing Glendale, WI
285 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
286 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
287 Widener University Chester, PA
288 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
288 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
290 Florida International University Miami, FL
291 Wilson College Chambersburg, PA
291 Ohio University - Main Campus Athens, OH
293 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
294 Centra College of Nursing Lynchburg, VA
295 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
296 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
297 Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto Mont Alto, PA
298 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
299 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
300 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
301 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
302 Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln, NE
303 Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, TX
304 Union County College Cranford, NJ
305 Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, PA
306 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC
307 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
308 Pace University - New York New York, NY
309 Aurora University Aurora, IL
310 University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL
311 Simmons University Boston, MA
312 Sumner College Portland, OR
313 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
314 Luther College Decorah, IA
315 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
316 Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill Schuylkill Haven, PA
317 Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Standish, ME
318 The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cincinnati, OH
319 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
320 Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY
321 Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN
322 Radford University Radford, VA
323 Saint Peter’s University Jersey City, NJ
324 Otterbein University Westerville, OH
325 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
326 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
327 Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing Geneva, NY
328 Rush University Chicago, IL
329 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
330 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
331 Daemen College Amherst, NY
332 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
333 Teachers College at Columbia University New York, NY
334 Pennsylvania State University - Worthington Scranton Dunmore, PA
335 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
336 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
337 Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Altoona, PA
338 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
339 Schreiner University Kerrville, TX
340 Bradley University Peoria, IL
341 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
342 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
343 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
344 University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
345 University of South Carolina - Aiken Aiken, SC

Nursing by Region

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Nursing Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 251,279
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 15,536
Nursing Administration 9,071
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 6,319
Nursing Practice 6,250
Nursing Science 4,704
Nurse Anesthetist 2,031
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,012
Nursing Education 1,991
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,266
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,022
Critical Care Nursing 643
Clinical Nurse Leader 527
School Nursing 523
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 475
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 464
Clinical Nurse Specialist 428
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 236
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 211
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 37
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 35
Palliative Care Nursing 23

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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