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2023 Best Registered Nursing Associate Degree Schools

921 Colleges in the United States
84,448 Associate Degrees
Ranked #3 in popularity, registered nursing is one of the most sought-after associate degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 921 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for registered nursing students pursuing a associate degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 84,448 associate degrees in registered nursing during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Registered Nursing School for Your Associate Degree

Best Registered Nursing Associate Degree Schools The registered nursing associate degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to registered nursing students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of registered nursing students who choose to seek a associate degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized registered nursing related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for registered nursing students working on their associate degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The registered 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 Registered Nursing Associate Degree Schools.

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Best Schools for Associate Students to Study Registered Nursing in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for registered nursing students seeking a an associate degree. 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 for an Associate in Registered Nursing

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
373 Annual Graduates

Helene Fuld College of Nursing is a great decision for students pursuing an associate degree in registered nursing. HFCN is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of New York.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Helene Fuld College of Nursing

#2

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
601 Annual Graduates

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is one of the best schools in the country for getting an associate degree in registered nursing. Located in the midsize city of Fort Lauderdale, Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
290 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences if you wish to pursue an associate degree in registered nursing. Located in the suburb of Lancaster, PA College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

#4

Excelsior University

Albany, NY
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1,522 Annual Graduates

Excelsior University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting an associate degree in registered nursing. Excelsior University is a large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Albany.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Excelsior University

#5

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
67 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Fairfield, Sacred Heart is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Sacred Heart University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,084 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Ocala, Rasmussen University - Florida is a private for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Rasmussen University - Florida

#7

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, TN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
86 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Collegedale, Southern Adventist is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Southern Adventist University

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
450 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Rockford, Rasmussen University - Illinois is a private for-profit university with a small student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Rasmussen University - Illinois

#9

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
574 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Virginia Beach, ECPI University is a private for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from ECPI University

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
325 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Dover, Delaware Tech is a public college with a large student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Delaware Technical Community College - Terry

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
502 Annual Graduates

Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio is a small private for-profit college located in the city of San Antonio.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
674 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of St. Cloud, Rasmussen University - Minnesota is a private for-profit university with a small student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Rasmussen University - Minnesota

#13

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
45 Annual Graduates

MSMU is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Mount Saint Mary’s University

#14

Valencia College

Orlando, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
278 Annual Graduates

Valencia College is a very large public college located in the city of Orlando.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Valencia College

#15

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, RI
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
156 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of East Greenwich, New England Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from New England Institute of Technology

#16

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
303 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Fort Lauderdale, BC is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Broward College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
75 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Los Angeles, L.A. County School of Nursing is a public college with a fairly small student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health

#18

Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay

Saint Petersburg, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
448 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Saint Petersburg, Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay is a private for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay

#19

Mercy College of Ohio

Toledo, OH
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
133 Annual Graduates

Mercy College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Toledo.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Mercy College of Ohio

#20

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
380 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Lone Star College System

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
25 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Dayton, Ohio Medical Career College is a private for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Ohio Medical Career College

#22

Pacific Union College

Angwin, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
91 Annual Graduates

Located in the rural area of Angwin, PUC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Pacific Union College

#23

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
101 Annual Graduates

WKU is a large public university located in the small city of Bowling Green.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Western Kentucky University

#24

San Joaquin Delta College

Stockton, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
123 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Stockton, Delta is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from San Joaquin Delta College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
95 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Jonesboro, A-State is a public university with a large student population.More information about a associate in registered nursing from Arkansas State University - Main Campus

Rest of the Top 50 Best Registered Nursing Associate Degree Schools

#26

Miami Dade College

Miami, FL
#29

College of Staten Island CUNY

Staten Island, NY
#30

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, TN
#31

El Centro College

Dallas, TX

#34

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL
#35

Union County College

Cranford, NJ
#36

Ambria College of Nursing

Hoffman Estates, IL
#39

Fresno City College

Fresno, CA

#41

Goodwin College

East Hartford, CT

#45

Butte College

Oroville, CA
#46

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL
#48

Marshall University

Huntington, WV

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Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Registered Nursing Associate Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 921 different United States registered nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
51 Herzing University - Birmingham Birmingham, AL
52 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
53 University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
54 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
55 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
56 Herzing University - Winter Park Winter Park, FL
57 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
58 Highline College Des Moines, WA
59 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
60 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
61 Albany State University Albany, GA
62 South Texas College McAllen, TX
63 Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA
64 Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL
65 Southern Regional Technical College Thomasville, GA
66 Merced College Merced, CA
67 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
68 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
69 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
70 Glendale Community College Glendale, CA
71 GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ
72 Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
73 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
74 Rivier University Nashua, NH
75 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
76 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
77 St Luke’s College Sioux City, IA
78 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
79 Laboure College Milton, MA
80 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
81 Purdue University Global Indianapolis, IN
82 Houston Community College Houston, TX
83 University of Charleston Charleston, WV
84 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
85 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
86 Santa Monica College Santa Monica, CA
87 Modesto Junior College Modesto, CA
88 Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA
89 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
90 Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA
91 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
92 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
93 Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
94 Sullivan University Louisville, KY
95 Bay State College Boston, MA
96 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
97 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
98 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
99 Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte, NC
100 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tifton, GA
101 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
102 Eastern International College - Jersey City Jersey City, NJ
103 Lock Haven University Lock Haven, PA
104 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
105 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
106 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
107 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
108 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
109 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
110 Trocaire College Buffalo, NY
111 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
112 Rasmussen University - Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
113 Utah State University Logan, UT
114 Mercyhurst University Erie, PA
115 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
116 Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey, FL
117 Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines, IA
118 Regis College Weston, MA
119 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
120 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX
121 Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA
122 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
123 Denver College of Nursing Denver, CO
124 Vermont Technical College Randolph, VT
125 Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, MO
126 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
127 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
128 Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, PA
129 Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA
130 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
131 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
132 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
133 Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ
134 Middle Georgia State University Macon, GA
135 Gateway Community College New Haven, CT
136 Mount Aloysius College Cresson, PA
137 Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA
138 Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg, NJ

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
139 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
140 Gulf Coast State College Panama City, FL
141 County College of Morris Randolph, NJ
142 Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC
143 Capital Community College Hartford, CT
144 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
145 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
146 Ventura College Ventura, CA
147 Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
148 Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA
149 Trinidad State Junior College Trinidad, CO
150 Herzing University - Akron Akron, OH
151 Springfield Technical Community College Springfield, MA
152 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
153 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
154 Monroe College Bronx, NY
155 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
156 City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College Chicago, IL
157 North Florida College Madison, FL
158 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC
159 Weatherford College Weatherford, TX
160 Grayson College Denison, TX
161 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
162 State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota Bradenton, FL
163 Alfred State College Alfred, NY
164 Cabrillo College Aptos, CA
165 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
166 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
167 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
168 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
169 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
170 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
171 Athens Technical College Athens, GA
172 Cypress College Cypress, CA
173 Mohave Community College Kingman, AZ
174 Panola College Carthage, TX
175 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
176 Otero Junior College La Junta, CO
177 Midway University Midway, KY
178 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
179 Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla, WA
180 San Antonio College San Antonio, TX
181 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
182 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
183 Moorpark College Moorpark, CA
184 Los Angeles City College Los Angeles, CA

Registered Nursing by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Registered Nursing is one of 22 different types of Nursing programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing Science 723
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 219
Nursing Practice 80
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 34

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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