Affordable Nursing Degrees

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Looking for an affordable education in nursing? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve analyzed thousands of colleges and universities to determine which schools offer solid nursing degrees for students on a budget. Each detailed listing includes information on the school’s programs, accreditations, accepted credits and weekend/evening classes.

Plus, for those new to the field, we’ve provided a primer on the nursing profession. Here you can discover what type of nurse you’d like to be, and what kind of degree you can earn. We also take a look at what state and ACEN/CCNE accreditation means for your school and your career.

What Kind of Nurse Can I Become?

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Many nurses find their first job as an LPN. In Texas and California, you’ll see this qualification referred to as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). Tasked with basic nursing duties like collecting samples or monitoring vital signs, LPNs or LVNs always work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a medical doctor. To become an LPN, you must complete a state-approved LPN program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN examination.

Registered Nurse (RN)

RNs have greater job responsibilities and much more independence than LPNs. As a registered nurse, you may be caring for patients in the ICU or ER, managing nursing care units and working in hospital leadership roles.

You can become an RN by earning one of the following qualifications:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Diploma in Nursing

At the end of your studies, you should be ready to take the NCLEX-RN examination. Once you’ve passed the exam, you must then earn your RN license.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

A career rung above RNs, APRNs focus on certain types of specialty care. For example, nurse practitioners take on many of the same tasks as primary care doctors; nurse anesthetists are allowed to administer anesthesia.

There are four types of APRNs:

  • Nurse practitioners
  • Clinical nurse specialists (e.g. cardiology, pediatrics, oncology, etc.)
  • Nurse midwives
  • Nurse anesthetists

To become an APRN, you must have:

  • A valid RN license
  • A state-approved master’s degree or DNP
  • Validated clinical hours in your area of interest (e.g. obstetrics)
  • Successfully passed an advanced practice certification exam

Types of Nursing Degrees

LPN/LVN

Summary: You can become a licensed practical nurse by completing an LPN associate or diploma program from a community college, vocational school, university or hospital. This will prepare you for the NCLEX-PN exam.

Time Commitment: An LPN qualification usually takes one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. Around one third of your coursework will be done in the classroom (e.g. anatomy, biology) and two thirds in a practical clinical setting. For added flexibility, you might find LPN courses being offered online.

Note: Remember that the LPN is just the beginning. Once you’ve found a job, you can start looking at ways to gain your ADN or BSN.

ADN

Summary: An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is designed to train you as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Time Commitment: ADNs are offered by community colleges, vocational schools and universities and typically take two years to complete. Coursework is focused on technical skills rather than theory.

Note: Many organizations, including the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), are pushing for RNs to hold a BSN. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine suggested that 80% of nurses should have a BSN by 2020 (“80/20” proposal). So you may wish to consider using the ADN as a steppingstone to a BSN.

LPN to ADN

Summary: LPN to ADN bridge programs are designed to help students with LPN qualifications become entry-level RNs. Being an RN will increase both your job opportunities and your pay scale.

Time Commitment: Bridge programs can last 1-2 years. Instead of having to do the full ADN degree, you will take classes you may have missed in LPN training and engage in practical clinical work. Some classroom courses are offered online.

Note: Check with your employer to see if you are eligible for tuition reimbursement. Some will sponsor LPNs to become RNs.

BSN

Summary: A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is one of the most flexible and coveted nursing qualifications. In addition to training you to take the RN exam, a BSN provides you with leadership skills and extensive hands-on experience in clinical work.

Time Commitment: BSNs take four years of full-time study to complete. Courses are a blend of hard science (e.g. anatomy, physiology), liberal arts (e.g. English, foreign language), advanced topics in health care (e.g. evidence-based practice, technology, patient safety) and clinical work in health care settings.

Like other nursing degrees, some courses may be offered online in a hybrid format. However, practicals will be conducted at a local hospital or campus.

Note: Despite the cost and time commitment, a BSN is going to open many doors to career advancement (e.g. mid-level administration, working in a community health setting, etc.). In addition, some specialized certifications require nurses to hold a BSN or higher.

LPN to BSN

Summary: The LPN to BSN bridge program is designed to help licensed practical nurses become RNs with a BSN degree. Interested in greater independence, more career options and management opportunities? A BSN is worth investigating.

Time Commitment: LPN to BSN bridge programs can be completed full-time (typically four semesters) or part-time. Through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST, LPNs can earn college credit by demonstrating mastery of prerequisite courses or degree requirements.

RN to BSN

Summary: An RN to BSN bridge program allows registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma to apply their prior learning to a BSN. With a BSN, you increase your job opportunities and boost your pay.

Time Commitment: The RN to BSN program takes about two years. Institutions usually accept coursework from an ADN, but nurses can also earn credits for on-the-job training or independent study. To make it easier on working nurses, schools often offer rolling start dates. Online RN to BSN programs are also commonly available.

MSN

Summary: A master’s degree in nursing goes under a variety of names, including Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Master of Nursing (MN) and Master of Science (MS) or Master of Arts (MA) in Nursing. These degrees are intended to prepare you for specialty roles in areas such as:

  • Nursing administration
  • Family practice
  • Mental health
  • Critical care
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Public health

Most schools will require you to hold a BSN and a valid RN license. A master’s degree is required if you wish to become an APRN.

Time Commitment: Full-time programs take approximately two years to earn. However, since most nurses are working while studying, many MSN degrees are completed part-time and online. Coursework will be focused on your particular area of interest and most programs will require you to complete a thesis or capstone project.

Note: Explore funding options. Some employers are willing to partially finance your MSN if you agree to work for them for a number of years.

Other MSN Programs

Summary: Many universities offer programs that are intended to help speed up the process of gaining an MSN. Some of these include:

  • RN to MSN: RNs with an ADN can choose to gain an MSN without earning a bachelor’s degree. This is a good option if you know what you wish to specialize in.
  • Direct Entry: This program is intended for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a separate field. It will help you achieve your RN before launching you into master’s level studies.
  • Dual Master’s: One of the most time-intensive programs, a dual master’s combines a nursing degree with a related field (e.g. business, public health or public administration).
  • MSN/PhD: Intended for BSN graduates, this dual degree condenses masters and doctoral nursing work into a 5-year program.

Time Commitment: Time commitments will vary according to the program and job responsibilities. For example, a full-time, direct entry MSN program can take three years to complete. An RN to MSN degree might last 3 to 5 years.

Fortunately, universities try to make it easy for working professionals. Like RN to BSN programs, RN to MSN courses are often offered online and on a rolling basis.

Doctoral Degrees

Summary: A doctoral degree in nursing is the highest academic qualification you can achieve. It will train you for a career in nursing research, health administration (e.g. executive positions), public policy, university teaching or high-level APRN jobs (e.g. nurse practitioner).

Examples of nursing doctoral degrees include:

  • Doctor of Nursing Education (ND): Advanced practice nurse specialist skills (phased out in favor of the DNP)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Clinical, practice-oriented leadership development (especially relevant to nurse practitioners)
  • Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS): Science research, leadership development and skills applicable to the health care system (phased out in favor of the PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Theoretical foundations of nursing practice and health care delivery

Time Commitment: Doctoral degrees demand a great deal of clinical work and research. However, an ND or DNP will take less time to complete than a DNS or a PhD. Here are some general guidelines for full-time study:

  • ND: 3-5 years
  • DNP: 3-4 years
  • DNS: 5 years
  • PhD: 4-5 years

Important Accreditations

State Board of Nursing (BON) Approval

Every state has a board of nursing. This board sets standards and approves schools that train nurses for the NCLEX examinations (e.g. PN, RN). If a program isn’t state-approved, you will be unable to sit the exams or obtain licensure. Your first step in looking at schools is to make sure your program is accredited by the state.

Search for a State Board of Nursing.

ACEN & CCNE Accreditations

The Department of Education has sanctioned two national organizations to accredit nursing education programs. It’s not necessary for your nursing program/school to have these accreditations, but it’s a big plus (see Why is ACEN/CCNE Accreditation Important below).

As ACEN puts it, “accreditation recognizes educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality.”

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    Formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), ACEN is responsible for accrediting all levels of nursing education programs, including diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    CCNE focuses on nursing programs offering bachelor’s, master’s and/or DNP degrees. Like ACEN, it sets a series of nationally recognized standards and evaluates schools with a non-governmental, peer review process.

Specialty Nursing Accreditations

In addition to the “big two”, there are a variety of smaller organizations that accredit programs in specialty areas of nursing. These include:

Why is ACEN/CCNE Accreditation Important?

There are a few reasons why you should strongly consider attending a program accredited by ACEN or CCNE. Going to an accredited school means you will be:

  • Eligible for a variety of scholarships, grants, federal/state financial aid and tuition reimbursement programs from employers
  • Able to attend an accredited school to pursue a RN to BSN or a master’s degree – this school may not accept a qualification from a non-accredited program
  • Prepared to apply for a wide variety of jobs – some hospitals, facilities and branches of the military make ACEN or CCNE a requirement

There are plenty of strong, non-accredited nursing programs out there. However, you’re limiting your future choices when you attend one.

State Board of Nursing vs. ACEN/CCNE

Unsurprisingly, most CCNE or ACEN accredited schools have also received the seal of approval from their state nursing boards. However, it doesn’t always work the other way around. Some state-approved nursing schools have not been recognized by a national accreditation body.

So if you’re interested in going to an accredited graduate school, make sure your undergraduate program is approved by both the state nursing board and ACEN or CCNE (or a specialty nursing organization such as ACME).

School Rankings

1

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale State College offers three undergraduate nursing degree options through its Department of Nursing. These options include a generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, a transfer Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and an RN to BS program. The generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is for students admitted as freshmen, and students in this program are required to complete general education and pre-requisite courses their first year before beginning nursing courses their second year. Students admitted into the transfer Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must have completed pre-requisite courses at another institution, so they can begin nursing coursework their first year. The RN to BS degree completion program is only open to students with a current RN license.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 97.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,394 Students

2

New Jersey City University

The Department of Nursing at New Jersey City University offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and an R.N. to B.S.N. program. The accelerated B.S.N. program is designed for students who already have one bachelor's degree and can be completed in twelve months of full-time study. After completing 64 major credits, students in the B.S.N. program are eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The R.N. to B.S.N. program is designed for students who have a diploma or associate degree in registered nursing. Students can complete the program on a full or part-time basis. The Nursing Department offers its students opportunities to participate in the annual nursing research forum and the nursing honor society Kappa Eta.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 97.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,136 Students

3

University of California-Irvine

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science degree at UC Irvine is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In addition to earning the BSN degree, graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam for nursing licensure. The Master of Science in Nursing Science program offers two areas of concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP). There is also a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree available with the following focus areas: health promotion and disease prevention, health disparities and diversity, disease and symptom management, and health services and health policy. Upper division nursing students can apply for the Dr. John R. Miltner/Irvine Health Foundation Endowed Memorial Scholarship ($5,000).

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 97.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,051 Students

4

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill offers the following programs of study: traditional BSN program, accelerated BSN program (for students with non-nursing bachelor's degrees), MSN program with advanced practice and healthcare systems specialties, Post-MSN option in advanced practice specialties, Ph.D. program in nursing science, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, and Doctor of Nursing Practice. It is one of only three schools of nursing in the nation to offer the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation, which gives outstanding undergraduate nursing students to chance to enroll concurrently as BSN and PhD students. The UNC SON has Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and North Carolina Board of Nursing accreditation through 2021.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 97.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,135 Students

5

CUNY York College

York College offers two programs leading to a bachelor's degree in nursing. The generic nursing program prepares undergraduate students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and to qualify for the national licensure exam for Registered Nurses. The other program is exclusively for Registered Nurses who earned a diploma or associate degree and who want to complete their B.S. degree. The generic program is highly competitive, and York students apply after they have earned at least 56 required credits, such as classes in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and chemistry. The generic nursing program is offered only as a full-time program, and graduates are prepared to work as a nurse in a variety of settings or for graduate school.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,493 Students

6

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

The School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities was the first in the country to offer Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in Certified Nurse Anesthetist, Nursing Informatics and Health Innovation and Leadership. The Healthy Communities Innovations Center, the school's 11,000 square foot learning simulation center, provides opportunities for complex simulations involving the latest in healthcare technology and procedures. The school has the following degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Nursing (MN), Ph.D. and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Its DNP program is the third largest in the country with 13 areas of specializations. The nursing programs at the University of Minnesota are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

51,147 Students

7

Texas Woman's University

The College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University offers a four-year nursing degree (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and an RN to BSN program, which can be completed in one calendar year of full-time study. It also offers a six-semester, weekend/evening program for individuals who wish to earn an RN degree. There are seven master's programs (MS) offered by the College of Nursing at TWU: Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Education. Nursing Health Systems Management, RN MS, Post MS Certificate and Post Baccalaureate RN MS. There are two doctoral programs offered by the college - a Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Doctoral Program in Nursing Science (Ph.D.). There is also a DNP to Ph.D. bridge program.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,071 Students

8

University of Florida

The College of Nursing is one of six colleges in the University of Florida Health Science Center, which includes Dentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. The College pioneered the first nurse practitioner program in Florida, the first BSN to Ph.D. track and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. There are over 80 faculty members, approximately 700 undergraduates, and 370 graduate students, about 80 of whom are doctoral students in Biobehavioral Nursing Science and Family, Community and Health System Science. The college is a member of the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing of the Southern Regional Education Board and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Its degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

49,459 Students

9

California State University-Long Beach

The nursing programs at CSU Long Beach are CCNE-accredited (Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program admits registered nurses as well as basic students who have not completed an initial-level nursing program. All BSN graduates are eligible for certification as public health nurses in California. The Master of Science in Nursing program offers concentrations in nurse practitioner and in nursing and health systems executive management. Students who choose the nurse practitioner concentration can further specialize in family, pediatric primary care, adult-gerontological (primary and acute care), psychiatric-mental health, and women's health. A Doctor of Nursing Practice program is also available. Full-time nursing undergraduates can apply for the Rotary Club of Long Beach Nursing and Health Related Scholarship ($2,500).

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,809 Students

10

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The School of Nursing at the University of Washington in Seattle is part of the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center. It offers five degree programs - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Nursing (MN), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD). The school also offers an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN), which is a fast track graduate entry program. Additionally, there are nine graduate certificates offered. The School of Nursing has three academic departments - Bio-behavioral Nursing and Health Systems, Family and Child Nursing, and Psychosocial and Community Health. The nursing programs at the UWS School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

44,784 Students

11

CUNY Hunter College

The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, located on the Brookdale campus of Hunter College, runs one of the largest nursing programs in the U.S. Admission to the Bachelor of Science program is highly competitive, with only 100 students admitted annually. After being admitted to Hunter, students may apply to the nursing program in the spring of their freshman year. Hunter also offers a RN-to-B.S.N. program and an accelerated second degree nursing program, open to students who earned a degree in a field other than nursing who wish to enter the nursing profession. Graduate programs in nursing include a Master of Science in Nursing in the fields of adult/gerontology, community/public health, and psychiatric/mental health. A Doctor of Nursing Practice is also available.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,112 Students

12

Berea College

Berea College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing that prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Nursing students are required to complete 35.5 credits of coursework in addition to general education requirements. The nursing curriculum includes 11 core courses, a capstone course and seven collateral courses. Nursing students with outstanding academic records can participate in the Berea College Honor Society of Nursing. Nursing students are also eligible for several scholarships, including the E.R. Braun Good Award, the Nursing Departmental Award and the Martha E. Wylie Award.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,621 Students

13

University of California-Los Angeles

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at UCLA's School of Nursing are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse. There is also a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree offered. A two-year pre-licensure option within the MSN program is available for students with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree. MSN graduates are eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam and apply for a Public Health Nursing Certificate. An MSN - Advanced Practice program and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree are also available. Students in the MSN - Advanced Practice program can choose to specialize as a nurse practitioner or as a clinical nurse specialist.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

41,845 Students

14

Lake Area Technical Institute

Lake Area Technical Institute offers a nursing program that takes 11 months to complete and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and the South Dakota Board of Nursing. Students who complete the Practical Nursing program may then test to receive an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or they may go on to a second year of study that will allow them to become an RN (Registered Nurse). The Practical Nursing program at LAT requires students to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average. It is academically intense, and it can be physically demanding.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 96.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,654 Students

15

Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University's Department of Nursing offers a BSN program for students who do not yet have a registered nursing license and an online RN-BSN for registered nurses who want to earn a bachelor's degree. Students who enter the BSN program as freshmen spend their first two years completing pre-requisite and general education courses. When they are sophomores, they can apply for admission into the actual nursing program and take nursing courses their junior and senior years. The RN-BSN program is an online degree completion program for registered nurses who have earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Diploma in Nursing from a hospital program. Both programs have received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,026 Students

16

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

The Nursing & Health Professions department of SUNY Polytechnic University offer the following bachelor's degrees in nursing: R.N. to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Information Management. The department also has a 1+2+1 AAS/BS program in partnership with St. Elizabeth College of Nursing. This program allows high school students who are entering college immediately after graduation to earn two nursing degrees in four-years. There are two graduate programs available (MS in Family Nurse Practitioner and MS in Nursing Education) and three advanced nursing certificates (Nursing Administration, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education). All nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,740 Students

17

Brigham Young University-Idaho

The Department of Nursing at Brigham Young University-Idaho offers two undergraduate nursing degree programs. The BSN program is a pre-licensure baccalaureate program designed for students who want to become registered nurses while earning a bachelor's degree. The RN to BSN program is designed for students who already have a nursing license but would like to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. Students admitted into the BSN program must complete pre-requisite courses in their first four semesters before beginning the core nursing sequence in semester five. The RN to BSN program can be completed in a three semester sequence by taking two courses per semester or a six semester sequence by taking one course per semester.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,624 Students

18

The University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an RN to BSN degree, a Master of Science in Nursing Education, a Master of Science Nurse Practitioner, a Master of Science Nursing Systems Management, a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. The nursing program has a high 1st attempt passing rate for the NCLEX-RN at 91%. Students also are able to experience a simulated experience of hospital days in the Simulation Lab.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,079 Students

19

Saint Cloud State University

Through its Department of Nursing, Saint Cloud State University offers two undergraduate nursing degree options. The school's Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a traditional 68-credit BSN program. Students who already have an associate's or bachelor's degree in another subject can complete the BSN program in less than four years. The RN baccalaureate completion program is a 40-credit program designed for licensed registered nurses who want to earn a bachelor's degree. Admission into the nursing program at Saint Cloud State is highly competitive, with approximately 40 of 125 applicants being accepted. The program has received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

16,076 Students

20

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst offers the following undergraduate programs: a traditional four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an accelerated BSN track for students with non-nursing bachelor's degrees and an RN to BSN track. The UMA College of Nursing graduate programs include the following: Graduate Certificate - Nursing Education, Master of Science - Clinical Nurse Leader (MS CNL), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Ph.D. in Nursing. The DNP program has five specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL), Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Post Master's DNP Completion, and the Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The College of Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

28,635 Students

21

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

The nursing program at SUNY College at Plattsburg is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Council of Deans of Nursing of Senior Colleges and Universities in New York. The department offers a Registered Nurse (R.N.) to Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing program, which can be pursued on-campus or completely online. For online students, SUNY Plattsburgh uses the Blackboard learning management system. The SUNY Plattsburgh online nursing program is a top-ranked program nationwide. The department also offers a traditional four-year nursing program (Bachelor of Science in Nursing).

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,968 Students

22

CUNY Lehman College

The Department of Nursing at Lehman College offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate nursing programs. The 75-credit Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is for students who plan to make a career out of nursing or to attend graduate school in nursing. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and prepares students for the licensing exam for registered nurses. The college also offers a generic nursing bachelor's program. Programs leading to a B.S. for registered nurses with an associate degree are available on campus and online. Students in the Master of Science in Nursing program can specialize in parent-child nursing, adult health nursing, or nursing of older adults. Post-graduate nurse practitioner training is also offered.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,398 Students

23

Michigan State University

The College of Nursing at Michigan State University provides various degree options to nursing students studying at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level. Undergraduate students can choose from a traditional four-year BSN program, an accelerated BSN for students earning their second bachelor's degree and an RN to BSN program for registered nurses who have already earned an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. The school's Master of Science in Nursing degree is offered in three concentrations: a nurse practitioner concentration, a clinical nurse specialist and education concentration and a nurse anesthesia concentration. Doctoral degree options include a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and a PhD in nursing. A certificate in college teaching is also available to doctoral nursing students.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

50,081 Students

24

Marshall University

The School of Nursing at Marshall University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, a Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN - FNP), a Nurse Midwifery Program, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, an M.S.N in Nursing Education, and an M.S.N. in Nursing Administration. Some of these programs (the online RN to BSN program, the nursing administration program, and the nursing education program) can be completed entirely online. Marshall University is the largest regional provider of nursing education that is located within a major university.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

13,381 Students

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Holy Family University

Holy Family University's School of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals provides one undergraduate nursing program, one graduate nursing program and two fast-track nursing programs. Programs include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, an accelerated RN to BSN program and a second baccalaureate degree pre-licensure BSN program. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a full-time day program for pre-licensure students, while the Accelerated RN to BSN Program is for registered nurses and offers evening, weekend and online courses that can be completed in five weeks. Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree can enroll in the second baccalaureate degree pre-licensure BSN program, completing nursing courses and clinical rotations in three and a half semesters.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,658 Students

26

SUNY College at Brockport

SUNY Brockport has three programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The traditional B.S.N. is a program that provides nursing training for junior-level and senior-level students, who apply to the program after completing prerequisite courses during their freshman and sophomore years. Entry into Brockport's program is competitive, requiring a GPA of at least 3.0. Brockport also offers a B.S.N. Second Degree program, which is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in a subject other than nursing. Admission to the program is also very selective, and applicants must have a long list of prerequisite classes. The RN-B.S.N. program is designed for Registered Nurses who have an associate degree and want to earn a bachelor's degree.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,106 Students

27

SUNY at Binghamton

Through its Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University SUNY offers undergraduate and graduate level nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Undergraduate programs are offered to a variety of nursing students, including a traditional program for beginning freshmen, a transfer program, a baccalaureate accelerated track for students with a bachelor's degree in another field, an RN to BS program for registered nurses and an accelerated RN to BS program. Nursing master's degrees are offered in several concentrations, including adult-gerontological nursing, community health nursing, family nursing, family psychiatric mental health and a dual degree program in public administration and nursing. Two doctorate programs are also available: a PhD in Nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

16,695 Students

28

Ferris State University

Through its College of Health Professions, Ferris State University offers four nursing degree options and one nursing education certificate. Undergraduate nursing degrees are available in two formats: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an RN to BSN completion program. The RN to BSN completion program is designed for licensed nurses and can be completed on a part-time basis at various locations in Michigan or completely online. Nursing graduate degree options include a Master of Science in Nursing and an RN to MSN accelerated track program, which can also be completed entirely online. The accelerated track program is designed for registered nurses who would like to earn both a BSN and MSN in a short time frame.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,600 Students

29

California State University-Fullerton

California State University Fullerton offers the following undergraduate nursing programs: traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for entry-level freshmen with no prior nursing education, traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) for current CSUF students who wish to pursue an RN license and a BSN, an LVN-BSN program, and an accelerated BSN program for students with a bachelor's degree in any field who wish to earn an RN license and a BSN. An RN to BSN program is also available, as is a Master of Nursing (MSN) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. New and continuing BSN students can apply for the Health Professions Education Foundation BSN Scholarship (up to $13,000) and the Maria Dolores Hernandez Fund ($1,000 to $5,000).

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

38,128 Students

30

California State University-Stanislaus

The School of Nursing at Stanislaus offers two tracks that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The traditional pre-licensure nursing track is offered on a full-time basis only, while the RN to BSN track can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. There is also an Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBSN) program available. The ASBSN program is designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field and who wish to earn a second degree in nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing available at Stanislaus offers two areas of emphasis - nursing education and gerontology. The Volunteers of Memorial Medical Center Nursing Scholarship ($1,000) considers academically outstanding Nursing students with financial need.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

9,045 Students

31

University of Wyoming

The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing at the University of Wyoming offers the traditional four-year on-campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) as well as an online RN to BSN completion program. It also has an accelerated BSN nursing program for students who have already earned a non-nursing bachelor's degree. The Master of Science is an online program for registered nurses with a BSN. There is currently an MS Nurse Educator program with an MS Nursing Leadership program coming soon. The school also has a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. All programs offered by the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,820 Students

32

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The UNCG School of Nursing is one of two nursing schools in the country to earn the title of Center of Excellence by the National League of Nursing (NLN) for three consecutive terms. Additionally, the online Master's degree has been named one of the Best Online Programs by U.S. News. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing (concentration in Nursing Administration or Nursing Education), post-baccalaureate certificate programs (nursing administration and nursing education), and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Students in the school of nursing may be members of organizations such as the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the North Carolina Nurses Association, the Nurses Christian Fellowship, and more.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

CAG Score 95.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,647 Students

33

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University's School of Nursing offers several degree options for students studying nursing at the undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate degrees are offered for both pre-licensure and post-licensure students, including a basic baccalaureate program, an accelerated baccalaureate program, a registered nurse baccalaureate program and a registered nurse baccalaureate to master's program. Master's degrees are offered in several specialties, including nursing education, nursing leadership and nurse midwifery. A master's degree in nurse practitioner studies is also available in six concentrations: adult-gerontological health, family health, perinatal/women's health, neonatal health, pediatric and psychiatric/mental health. Additionally, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered, as are nine graduate certificates. The school's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

24,607 Students

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte offers a variety of nursing programs at all levels. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a four-year program that prepares students to take the licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse. Students must apply to enter the upper division of the major, and admission is competitive. The school also has a R.N. to B.S. completion program for nurses who earned an associate degree or diploma. Graduate nursing programs include Master of Science in majors such as Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Community/Public Health Nursing, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Administrator. The School of Nursing also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program that prepares nurses for leadership roles in the health care system.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,238 Students

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Winona State University

The Department of Nursing at the Winona State University has been providing excellent nursing education in the southeast Minnesota region for over 40 years. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an RN to BSN completion program. Students can choose to pursue a Master's (MS) or Graduate Certificate (GC) degree from the following programs: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator and Nursing Leadership: Nursing and Organizational Leadership. A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Post-Master's DNP degree can also be obtained from the above programs except as Nurse Educator. Instead, a DNP or Post-Master's DNP can be obtained in Nursing Leadership: Practice and Leadership Innovations.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,684 Students

36

Towson University

Towson University's Department of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing. Undergraduate programs include a traditional undergraduate nursing major, an R.N. to B.S.N. program and an Associate-to-Bachelor Dual Enrollment Nursing program. Graduate programs include a Master of Science in Nursing and graduate certificates in nursing education and clinician-administrator transition. Students enrolled in the traditional undergraduate nursing major start out as pre-nursing majors, completing pre-requisite courses their first two years before beginning nursing courses their junior year. During their senior year, nursing majors are required to complete a three-credit clinical practicum. The Master of Science in Nursing is a hybrid, cohort program that offers concentrations in nursing education and clinician-administrator transition.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

22,285 Students

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Neosho County Community College

Neosho County Community College offers a nursing program with two levels. The first level leads to an L.P.N. certificate and L.P.N. licensure. Those that receive L.P.N. licensure can continue on to the second level which leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and eligibility to sit for the R.N. board exam. Level one can be completed in 39 credits and level two requires an additional 25 credits, for an overall total of 64 credits. Level two of the program can be completed in a traditional format or an online hybrid format that requires students to attend on-campus classes at least eight times over a six-week period.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,212 Students

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University of South Florida-Main Campus

The College of Nursing at USF offers an RN to BSN program, as well as an upper division sequence (for students who have completed all nursing pre-requisite courses) and a second degree sequence (for students who have a non-nursing bachelor degree). A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is available, in addition to accelerated AS to MSN and RN to MSN programs. MSN students can choose from the following areas of concentration: adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, clinical nurse leader, family health nursing, nurse anesthesia, nursing educator, pediatric health nursing, and adult-gerontology primary care nursing/occupational health nursing. Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing programs are also offered. Teaching and research assistantships covering full in-state tuition are available.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

41,938 Students

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California State University-Fresno

The School of Nursing at Fresno State offers the following nursing programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a post-baccalaureate School Nurse Services Credential program, and a post-master Nurse Practitioner Credential program. The DNP program is administered jointly with San Jose State University and is officially known as the California State University, Northern Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Nursing students pursuing graduate-level studies and who are from under-represented groups may be eligible for the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Accepting Applications for Scholarship Awards (up to $8,000).

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,179 Students

40

Arkansas Tech University

Qualified high school graduates, nursing diploma and associate degree holders, licensed practical nurses, and licensed psychiatric technician nurses are considered for admission to ATU's ACEN-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The university's RN to BSN program can be completed in one calendar year and is available online. Students admitted to this program are required to attend a one-day, on-campus orientation prior to the start of the first semester. On the graduate level, ATU offers a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Emergency Management program. There are several nursing scholarships available, including the Nell Teeter Balkman Nursing Scholarship and the Dr. Charles and Joyce Wilkins Nursing Scholarship. Both award partial tuition scholarships for qualified upper division nursing students.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,002 Students

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Francis Marion University

The Department of Nursing at Francis Marion University offers several programs for nurses and those who wish to become nurses: a pre-licensure BSN, a pre-licensure second degree BSN, the RN to BSN, RN to BSN for Veterans, the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program, the Nurse Educator program, and the Nurse Educator Certificate. Programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Educating in Nursing (ACEN), which is the organization formally known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Financial aid is available specifically for students in the nursing programs such as the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce also has many scholarship programs and loan repayment programs.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,944 Students

42

Waynesburg University

Waynesburg University offers several programs for nurses and students who wish to become nurses: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the RN to BSN program, the LPN to BSN program, and the Nursing as a Second Degree program. These programs have complete approval status through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must make a 3.0 GPA or higher in order to progress to junior and senior year in the program. The RN to BSN programs makes it convenient for Registered Nurses to acquire their bachelor's degrees with some online courses and a 16-month or 32-month completion option. These programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,039 Students

43

Saint Joseph's College-New York

The Nursing Department at Saint Joseph's College-New York offers two programs for undergraduate nursing students. The school's Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a pre-licensure program for beginning undergraduates. The school's blended RN-BSN program is designed for students with an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. Students must complete at least 24 credits of lower-division course work at an accredited junior or senior college before being accepted into the nursing program, and at least 55 credits must be taken while enrolled in the upper division nursing program at the college. The school also offers a Master of Science in Nursing with two concentrations: adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist studies or nursing education. The college's nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,979 Students

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Niagara University

Niagara University has three programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with each program designed for a particular kind of student. The four-year degree in nursing is a traditional program preparing students for nursing careers. The program requires students to take clinical courses at health care agencies and qualifies students to take the licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse. The Accelerated B.S. in Nursing is a one-year post-baccalaureate degree for students who already have a bachelor's degree and who want to train for a nursing career. The RN to B.S. completion program is for nurses who earned an associate degree or diploma in nursing and who wish to earn a bachelor's degree.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,015 Students

45

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Minnesota State University-Mankato's School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an R.N. to B.S.N. completion program. The School also offers graduate programs in family nurse practitioner studies and nurse educator studies and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program consists of 59 major credits, including nursing courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, assessment and community-oriented nursing. The R.N. to B.S.N. program is a 30-credit degree completion program that can be completed entirely online. Students entering the program must be licensed registered nurses with an associate degree. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is a cohort program designed for nurses who already hold a master's degree. The curriculum consists of 30 credits of coursework, including clinical experiences.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,387 Students

46

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

The Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado offers three nursing programs. Students seeking entry-level preparation for professional nursing practice can pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Traditional option. Students completing their ADN or who currently hold an RN license can consider the RN to BSN or the dual enrollment program. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Accelerated option is a 16-month program designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree in another field and who seek to pursue a BSN. The UCCS nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Colorado Commission of Higher Education and the Colorado State Board of Nursing.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

11,761 Students

47

California State University-Northridge

CSUN offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree through the College of Health and Human Development. The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. There is an Accelerated BSN program for students who are not registered nurses, but who already have a non-nursing bachelor's degree. A 15-month cohort program, the A-BSN also prepares students to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). Students who already have their associate degree in nursing (ADN) from a partner community college can complete their BSN at CSUN under the Community College-CSUN ADN to BSN Collaborative Program. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Scholarship to Nursing Students program supports low-income and under-represented nursing students so they can participate in the A-BSN program.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

40,131 Students

48

West Virginia University

The West Virginia University School of Nursing is part of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, which also includes Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health. WVU SON has four undergraduate programs: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science to BSN, RN to BSN and RN to MSN. There are also four programs on the graduate level: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Post-MSN Certificate, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD). Graduates of the MSN programs at the WVU School of Nursing have a 97 - 100 percent pass rates on national certification exams for Advanced Practice Nurses in all tracks.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,175 Students

49

Lander University

The William Preston Turner School of Nursing at Lander University offers a few different programs: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a pre-licensure option, a BSN Completion for Registered Nurses (offered online), and an MSN for Clinical Nurse Leader. With a relatively small department, nursing students at Lander University have the opportunity to get a lot of attention in the classroom. Students in these programs will be prepared for a successful nursing career in a hospital, health center, medical office, or another facility. Several scholarships are available specifically for nursing students such as the Nahn Joo Chang Nursing Scholarship, the Nancy Saxon Clark Nursing Scholarship, the Annie Laurie Crawford Memorial Scholarship, the Bob and Helen Eisenbeck Nursing Scholarship, and more.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,787 Students

50

Missouri Southern State University

The Department of Nursing at Missouri Southern State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, an R.N. to B.S.N. program and a Master of Science in Nursing. The B.S.N. program requires 94 to 97 major credits, including coursework in pharmacology, adult nursing, mental health nursing, gerontologic nursing, nursing ethics and advanced health assessment. The M.S.N. program is a 43-credit program that offers Family Nurse Practitioner certification. This full-time program can be completed through a combination of on-campus and online learning in five semesters. M.S.N. students complete coursework in advanced nursing informatics, primary care, health assessment, pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology. M.S.N. students are also required to complete a capstone experience and 765 clock hours of clinical experiences.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,613 Students

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