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2023 Best Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania

62 Colleges in Pennsylvania
12,391 Nursing Degrees Awarded
$74,117 Avg Early-Career Salary
Nursing is of the hottest degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #3 most popular major in the country. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

College Factual reviewed 62 schools in Pennsylvania to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of nursing. Combined, these schools handed out 12,391 degrees in nursing to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Nursing School

Best Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania Your choice of nursing school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall Nursing School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

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

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

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Best Schools for Nursing in Pennsylvania

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the nursing degrees they offer, see the list below.

10 Top Pennsylvania Schools in Nursing

#1

University of Pennsylvania

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

University of Pennsylvania is a great choice for students pursuing a degree in nursing. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #4 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 620 nursing students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available. Nursing degree recipients from University of Pennsylvania earn a boost of approximately $26,831 over the average earnings of nursing graduates.

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#2

Thomas Jefferson University

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

It's hard to beat Thomas Jefferson University if you wish to pursue a degree in nursing. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of #100 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Thomas Jefferson University is a great university overall.

There were roughly 854 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Thomas Jefferson University in the most recent data year. Those nursing students who get their degree from Thomas Jefferson University receive $12,125 more than the typical nursing graduate.

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#3

Drexel University

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

It is hard to beat Drexel University if you wish to pursue a degree in nursing. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #123 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Drexel is a great university overall.

There were approximately 919 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Drexel in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the nursing program at Drexel University earn $25,926 above the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

More information about a degree in nursing from Drexel University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
359 Nursing Degrees Awarded

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in nursing. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #90 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Pitt is a great university overall.

There were approximately 359 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Pitt in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing program at University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus earn $4,156 above the average graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#5

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
311 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #51 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Villanova is a great university overall.

There were about 311 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing major at Villanova University make $20,114 above the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#6

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
110 Nursing Degrees Awarded

University of Scranton is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Scranton. A Best Colleges rank of #188 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means University of Scranton is a great university overall.

There were roughly 110 nursing students who graduated with this degree at University of Scranton in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the nursing degree program at University of Scranton get $8,801 above the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
460 Nursing Degrees Awarded

PA College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Lancaster.

There were roughly 460 nursing students who graduated with this degree at PA College in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the nursing program state that they receive average early career income of $66,356.

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#8

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
379 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Duquesne is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of #204 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Duquesne is a great university overall.

There were approximately 379 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Duquesne in the most recent year we have data available. Those nursing students who get their degree from Duquesne University receive $8,321 more than the average nursing student.

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#9

La Salle University

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

La Salle is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Philadelphia. This university ranks 28th out of 117 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 217 nursing students who graduated with this degree at La Salle in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the nursing program at La Salle University get $15,921 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#10

Widener University

Chester, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
274 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Widener is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Chester. A Best Colleges rank of #413 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Widener is a great university overall.

There were approximately 274 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Widener in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the nursing major at Widener University get $11,916 above the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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 in Pennsylvania award.

Rank College Location
11 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
12 Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA
13 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
14 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
15 Chatham University Pittsburgh, PA

Best Nursing Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Nursing Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
New York 333 17,347
Maryland 279 4,054
New Jersey 273 5,598
District of Columbia 188 956
Delaware 175 1,266

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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 9,682
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 781
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 448
Nursing Science 444
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 273
Nursing Practice 240
Nurse Anesthetist 193
Nursing Administration 87
School Nursing 53
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 49

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 3,239
Allied Health Professions 3,088
Health & Medical Administrative Services 2,689
Medicine 2,307
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 1,952
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 1,824
Health Sciences & Services 1,699
Public Health 1,513
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 1,353
Communication Sciences 1,232

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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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