2022 Best Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania

67 Colleges in Pennsylvania
10,561 Nursing Degrees Awarded
$69,688 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.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 67 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 10,561 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.

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. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

10 Top Pennsylvania Schools in Nursing

#1

University of Pennsylvania

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

University of Pennsylvania is a wonderful decision for students interested in a degree in nursing. 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 schools 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 year we have data available. Those nursing students who get their degree from University of Pennsylvania receive $28,812 more than the average nursing student.

More information about a degree in nursing from University of Pennsylvania

#2

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
34 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in nursing has to check out Saint Vincent College. Located in the suburb of Latrobe, Saint Vincent is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #416 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Saint Vincent is a great college overall.

There were roughly 34 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Saint Vincent in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing degree program at Saint Vincent College earn $95,912 above the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

More information about a degree in nursing from Saint Vincent College

#3

Villanova University

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

It is hard to beat Villanova University if you want to pursue a degree in nursing. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #62 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Villanova is a great university overall.

There were about 326 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent year we have data available. Those nursing students who get their degree from Villanova University receive $47,712 more than the standard nursing student.

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#4

Thomas Jefferson University

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

It's difficult to beat Thomas Jefferson University if you wish to pursue a degree in nursing. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #196 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Thomas Jefferson University is a great university overall.

There were approximately 640 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Thomas Jefferson University in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the nursing degree program at Thomas Jefferson University get $13,112 more than the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#5

University of Scranton

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

University of Scranton is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Scranton. A Best Schools rank of #220 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means University of Scranton is a great university overall.

There were roughly 117 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 program at University of Scranton earn $6,712 above the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#6

Drexel University

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

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #308 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Drexel is a great university overall.

There were approximately 872 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Drexel in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing program at Drexel University get $13,962 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

More information about a degree in nursing from Drexel University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In PA
420 Nursing Degrees Awarded

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

There were roughly 420 nursing students who graduated with this degree at PA College in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in nursing from Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
346 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #235 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Pitt is a great university overall.

There were roughly 346 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Pitt in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus receive an earnings boost of around $6,662 above the typical income of nursing graduates.

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#9

Duquesne University

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

Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Duquesne is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #306 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duquesne is a great university overall.

There were about 330 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 $5,845 more than the typical nursing student.

More information about a degree in nursing from Duquesne University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
143 Nursing Degrees Awarded

YCP is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of York. This college ranks 44th out of 134 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 143 nursing students who graduated with this degree at YCP in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, nursing degree recipients usually earn an average of $62,500 at the beginning of their careers.

More information about a degree in nursing from York College of Pennsylvania

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 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
12 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
13 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
14 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
15 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
16 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA

Best Nursing Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
New York 324 15,459
Maryland 275 3,846
New Jersey 264 5,424
District of Columbia 183 1,103
Delaware 163 1,186

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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 8,655
Nursing Science 426
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 364
Nursing Practice 274
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 195
Nurse Anesthetist 178
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 158
Nursing Administration 81
School Nursing 61
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 50

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health Professions 2,749
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 2,732
Medicine 2,114
Health & Medical Administrative Services 1,554
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 1,415
Health Sciences & Services 1,323
Public Health 1,269
Communication Sciences 982
Other Health Professions 764
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 722

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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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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