10 Colleges With Great Nursing Programs

Consider these ten well-regarded schools if you want to earn a prestigious nursing degree.


If you want to work towards a career in nursing, it makes sense to consider some of the country’s most highly-ranked programs in the field. Read on to learn which schools offer the top ten nursing programs in the country according to U.S. News and World Report.

Great nursing programs will help you launch your career.

1. University of Washington

The University of Washington’s School of Nursing has spent 17 years at the top of U.S. News and World Report’s list of best nursing programs. The school, which offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, employs a wide range of faculty experts that specialize in everything from adolescent health to memory loss to alternative medicine.

2. Johns Hopkins University

According to U.S. News and World Report, the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University offers the country’s best program in community and public health, allowing students and faculty to actively engage with the Baltimore community by working in local schools, shelters and clinics.

3. University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania was the first Ivy League school to offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing, and it remains the only one with a baccalaureate nursing track. The School of Nursing is particularly known for excellence in research, producing medical discoveries that help inform public policy.



4. University of California, San Francisco

The School of Nursing at University of California, San Francisco, earned more research funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2013 than any other public college in the country. The school, which offers master’s, post-master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral degrees, has the best family nurse practitioner program in the country according to U.S. News and World Report.

5. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The School of Nursing at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is known for preparing nurses-in-training for success -- 95 percent of students in 2010 passed the NCLEX on the first try, allowing them to earn their licenses as registered nurses. The school, which offers bachelor’s, master’s, post-master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral degrees, houses a unique biobehavioral laboratory that allows students and faculty to perform research in the biobehavioral sciences.

6. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

In 1997, the School of Nursing at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was named one of only ten World Health Organization Collaborating Centers in the country. The school earned this distinction because of its commitment to global education, research and service, a core value that it instills in its bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates.


7. University of Pittsburgh

The School of Nursing at University of Pittsburgh offers a wide range of programs, including different kinds of certificates and bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Upon graduating, students have the opportunity to work as nurses in the city of Pittsburgh, which was named the most livable city in the country by Forbes and the fifth happiest city to work in by Career Bliss.

8. Oregon Health and Science University

Oregon Health and Science University, which is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, acts as Oregon’s only public academic health center. The School of Nursing, which offers bachelor’s, master’s, post-master’s and doctoral degrees, is especially known for conducting important cancer survivorship research.

9. Duke University

The School of Nursing at Duke University works to dispel the myth that nursing is a woman’s job. By actively trying to recruit and retain men as bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates, the school was named the best nursing school for men by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing in 2010.


10. Yale University

Yale University, which was named the third-best college in the country by U.S. News and World Report, houses a well-regarded nursing school that offers master’s, post-master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral degrees. The school is especially known for its psychiatric and mental health program, which was named the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

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