2022 Best Nursing Schools

1,848 Colleges in the United States
305,208 Nursing Degrees Awarded
$67,065 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you pursue a degree in nursing, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #3 most popular program in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

College Factual looked at 1,848 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Nursing Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 305,208 degrees in nursing during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Nursing School

Best Nursing Schools Your choice of nursing school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Nursing School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Nursing Degree Level

The nursing school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Nursing Schools. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

Read more about College Factual's methodology.

Best Schools for Nursing in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of nursing degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Nursing

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
24th Most Popular In TN
69 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in nursing. MTSA is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Madison.

There were about 69 nursing students who graduated with this degree at MTSA in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in nursing from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
756 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in nursing needs to look into Samuel Merritt University. Located in the large city of Oakland, Samuel Merritt University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.

There were about 756 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Samuel Merritt University in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing program at Samuel Merritt University make $49,485 more than the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

More information about a degree in nursing from Samuel Merritt University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
108 Nursing Degrees Awarded

University of Southern California is a great choice for students pursuing a degree in nursing. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 9th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 108 nursing students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Nursing degree recipients from University of Southern California get an earnings boost of about $92,535 above the average income of nursing graduates.

More information about a degree in nursing from University of Southern California

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
271 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Helene Fuld College of Nursing is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in nursing. Located in the large city of New York, HFCN is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

There were about 271 nursing students who graduated with this degree at HFCN in the most recent data year. Those nursing students who get their degree from Helene Fuld College of Nursing make $11,585 more than the typical nursing graduate.

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#5

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
134 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #8 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were approximately 134 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from Yale University get an earnings boost of about $45,135 over the typical income of nursing majors.

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#6

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
507 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 507 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Those nursing students who get their degree from Duke University receive $22,968 more than the average nursing student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
389 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were about 389 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from Columbia University in the City of New York get an earnings boost of around $28,535 over the typical income of nursing graduates.

More information about a degree in nursing from Columbia University in the City of New York

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In TX
758 Nursing Degrees Awarded

UTHealth is a moderately-sized public university located in the large city of Houston.

There were about 758 nursing students who graduated with this degree at UTHealth in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

#9

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
606 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were about 606 nursing students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Those nursing students who get their degree from University of Pennsylvania earn $31,435 more than the standard nursing grad.

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#10

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
68th Most Popular In NC

Wake Forest University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Winston-Salem. This university ranks 2nd out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 24 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent data year.

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#11

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TN
406 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 50 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were approximately 406 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
39th Most Popular In CA
98 Nursing Degrees Awarded

L.A. County School of Nursing is a fairly small public college located in the large city of Los Angeles.

There were approximately 98 nursing students who graduated with this degree at L.A. County School of Nursing in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
320 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were approximately 320 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing degree program at Johns Hopkins University make $29,768 above the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX
1,401 Nursing Degrees Awarded

TTUHSC is a moderately-sized public university located in the city of Lubbock.

There were about 1401 nursing students who graduated with this degree at TTUHSC in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

#15

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
346 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 346 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from Georgetown University earn a boost of about $16,385 over the typical earnings of nursing graduates.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In CA
534 Nursing Degrees Awarded

West Coast University - Ontario is a small private for-profit university located in the city of Ontario.

There were about 534 nursing students who graduated with this degree at West Coast University - Ontario in the most recent data year.

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#17

West Coast University - Los Angeles

North Hollywood, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In CA
651 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of North Hollywood, West Coast University - Los Angeles is a private for-profit university with a small student population.

There were roughly 651 nursing students who graduated with this degree at West Coast University - Los Angeles in the most recent data year.

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#18

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
250 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Loma Linda, Loma Linda University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.

There were approximately 250 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Loma Linda University in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from Loma Linda University receive an earnings boost of about $42,835 over the average income of nursing graduates.

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#19

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
592 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 592 nursing students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year. Those nursing students who get their degree from New York University earn $32,935 more than the average nursing graduate.

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#20

Pacific College

Costa Mesa, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
126th Most Popular In CA

Pacific College is a fairly small private for-profit college located in the midsize city of Costa Mesa.

There were about 12 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Pacific College in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in nursing from Pacific College

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
179 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of San Francisco, UCSF is a public university with a small student population.

There were approximately 179 nursing students who graduated with this degree at UCSF in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from University of California - San Francisco get an earnings boost of about $43,735 above the average income of nursing graduates.

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#22

Albany Medical College

Albany, NY

AMC Albany is a fairly small private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Albany.

There were approximately 23 nursing students who graduated with this degree at AMC Albany in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from Albany Medical College earn a boost of about $110,435 over the average earnings of nursing majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
213 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 213 nursing students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. Those nursing students who get their degree from University of California - Los Angeles make $19,835 more than the standard nursing grad.

More information about a degree in nursing from University of California - Los Angeles

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
949 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Anaheim, West Coast University - Orange County is a private for-profit university with a small student population.

There were approximately 949 nursing students who graduated with this degree at West Coast University - Orange County in the most recent data year.

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#25

Union County College

Cranford, NJ
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
354 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Cranford, Union County College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 15th out of 49 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There were approximately 354 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Union County College in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the nursing program report average early career earnings of $69,000.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Nursing Schools

#25

Union County College

Cranford, NJ
#31

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

#33

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#36

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#39

Chamberlain University - New Jersey

North Brunswick, NJ

#41

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

#42

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#45

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY
#47

Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay

Saint Petersburg, FL
#49

Ambria College of Nursing

Hoffman Estates, IL

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Nursing Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 1848 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, CA
51 Chamberlain University - Illinois Addison, IL
52 Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, TX
53 Mount Marty University Yankton, SD
54 Excelsior College Albany, NY
55 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
56 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
57 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
58 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
59 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
60 Chamberlain University - Texas Houston, TX
61 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
62 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
63 Rasmussen University - Illinois Rockford, IL
64 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
65 University of Portland Portland, OR
66 Midwestern University - Glendale Glendale, AZ
67 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
68 University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE
69 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
70 Simmons University Boston, MA
71 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
72 Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR
73 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
74 Chamberlain University - Florida Jacksonville, FL
75 George Washington University Washington, DC
76 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
77 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
78 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
79 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
80 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
81 Northeastern University Boston, MA
82 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
83 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
84 University of Delaware Newark, DE
85 West Coast University-Miami Doral, FL
86 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
87 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
88 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
89 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
90 Rush University Chicago, IL
91 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
92 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
93 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
94 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - El Paso El-Paso, TX
95 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
96 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
97 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
98 United States University San Diego, CA
99 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
100 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
101 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
102 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
103 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
104 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
105 Modesto Junior College Modesto, CA
106 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
107 San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, CA
108 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
109 Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford, IL
110 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
111 Touro University California Vallejo, CA
112 Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL
113 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
114 South Texas College McAllen, TX
115 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
116 Resurrection University Chicago, IL
117 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
118 Pacific Union College Angwin, CA
119 Valencia College Orlando, FL
120 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
121 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
122 University of Providence Great Falls, MT
123 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
124 County College of Morris Randolph, NJ
125 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
126 Chamberlain University - North Carolina Charlotte, NC
127 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
128 Merced College Merced, CA
129 University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester Worcester, MA
130 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston, MA
131 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
132 American Sentinel University Aurora, CO
133 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
134 New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI
135 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
136 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
137 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
138 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
139 Hampton University Hampton, VA
140 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
141 Creighton University Omaha, NE
142 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
143 Yuba College Marysville, CA
144 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
145 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
146 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
147 Chamberlain University - Arizona Phoenix, AZ
148 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
149 Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA
150 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
151 Trocaire College Buffalo, NY
152 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
153 Capital Community College Hartford, CT
154 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
155 Endicott College Beverly, MA
156 Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen, CA
157 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
158 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
159 Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College Saint Louis, MO
160 College of Mount Saint Vincent Bronx, NY
161 Seattle University Seattle, WA
162 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
163 Rasmussen University - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
164 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
165 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
166 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
167 Clarkson College Omaha, NE
168 Nevada State College Henderson, NV
169 Iowa State University Ames, IA
170 Evergreen Valley College San Jose, CA
171 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
172 Carrington College, Sacramento Sacramento, CA
173 Towson University Towson, MD
174 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, PA
175 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA
176 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
177 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
178 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
179 Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln, NE
180 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
181 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
182 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
183 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
184 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
185 Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN
186 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
187 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
188 Chamberlain University - Ohio Columbus, OH
189 Bellin College Green Bay, WI
190 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
191 Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY
192 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
193 Simpson University Redding, CA
194 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
195 Winona State University Winona, MN
196 Touro University Nevada Henderson, NV
197 Biola University La Mirada, CA
198 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
199 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
200 Florida SouthWestern State College Fort Myers, FL
201 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
202 Pace University - New York New York, NY
203 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
204 El Centro College Dallas, TX
205 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
206 Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Dover, DE
207 MGH Institute of Health Professions Boston, MA
208 Napa Valley College Napa, CA
209 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
210 Ventura College Ventura, CA
211 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
212 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
213 Clemson University Clemson, SC
214 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
215 George Fox University Newberg, OR
216 Baylor University Waco, TX
217 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
218 Vermont Technical College Randolph, VT
219 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
220 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
221 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
222 Kettering College Kettering, OH
223 College of San Mateo San Mateo, CA
224 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
225 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
226 College of the Desert Palm Desert, CA
227 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
228 Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
229 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
230 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
231 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
232 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
233 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
234 Butte College Oroville, CA
235 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
236 Denver College of Nursing Denver, CO
237 Southern Regional Technical College Thomasville, GA
238 Cypress College Cypress, CA
239 City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College Chicago, IL
240 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
241 National University La Jolla, CA
242 College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA
243 Bradley University Peoria, IL
244 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
245 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
246 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
247 Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, CA
248 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
249 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
250 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
251 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
252 Luther College Decorah, IA
253 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
254 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
255 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
256 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
257 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
258 Chamberlain University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
259 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
260 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
261 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
262 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
263 Highline College Des Moines, WA
264 The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center Memphis, TN
265 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
266 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
267 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
268 Weatherford College Weatherford, TX
269 Rasmussen University - Florida Ocala, FL
270 Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT
271 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
272 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
273 Hope College Holland, MI
274 Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte, NC
275 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
276 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
277 Florida International University Miami, FL

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Nursing students that almost earned our Best Nursing Schools award.

Rank College Location
278 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
279 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
279 Hunter College New York, NY
281 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
282 Texas A & M University - Central Texas Killeen, TX
283 Galen College of Nursing - Louisville Louisville, KY
284 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
285 Monroe College Bronx, NY
286 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
287 Brandman University Irvine, CA
288 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
289 Maine College of Health Professions Lewiston, ME
290 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
291 College of the Mainland Texas City, TX
292 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
293 Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA
294 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
295 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
296 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC
297 California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
298 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
299 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
300 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
301 Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland, WA
302 Illinois State University Normal, IL
303 Samford University Birmingham, AL
304 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
305 Galveston College Galveston, TX
306 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
307 Otterbein University Westerville, OH
308 Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
309 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
310 Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA
311 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
312 Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO
313 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
314 West Hills College-Lemoore Lemoore, CA
315 Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY
316 Viterbo University La Crosse, WI
317 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
318 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
319 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
320 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
321 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
322 St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights, NY
323 Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cape Girardeau, MO
324 Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington, CA
325 Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA
326 Washington State University Pullman, WA
327 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
328 Lehman College Bronx, NY
329 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
330 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA
331 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
332 Northwestern College Orange City, IA
333 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
334 Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ
335 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
336 Hudson County Community College Jersey City, NJ
337 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
338 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA
339 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
340 Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
341 Belmont University Nashville, TN
342 Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, TN
343 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
344 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
345 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
346 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
347 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
348 LIU Post Brookville, NY
349 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
350 Auburn University Auburn, AL
351 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
352 Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge, LA
353 New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
354 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
355 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
356 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
357 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX
358 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus, OH
359 Concordia University, Irvine Irvine, CA
360 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences San Marcos, CA
361 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
362 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
363 Hostos Community College Bronx, NY
364 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
365 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
366 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
367 GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ
368 Berea College Berea, KY
369 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV

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Nursing is one of 30 different types of Health Professions programs to choose from.

Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 255,026
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 15,593
Nursing Administration 7,987
Nursing Practice 7,330
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 5,400
Nursing Science 4,574
Nurse Anesthetist 1,850
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 1,685
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,410
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 864

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health Professions 49,265
Health & Medical Administrative Services 48,523
Public Health 35,375
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,237
Medicine 27,562
Health Sciences & Services 27,372
Communication Sciences 21,678
Mental & Social Health Services 20,694
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 20,059
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,180

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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