Expert Guides to Registered Nursing Degrees and Careers

From your potential earnings to selecting the right nursing school, our Career Guides give prospective nursing students a much-needed compass for their first or next chapter in their nursing careers. We provide a wealth of information for aspiring nursing professions at all stages of their career. Our database includes campus, online and hybrid nursing schools that offer programs from the certificate level all the way through to earning a Ph.D.

Our editorial team of nurse educators, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and practical nurses explain how to choose the perfect program for you, and we provide the data and information we wish we had when searching for and applying to our nursing program(s). We write about the hard-won knowledge on how to succeed once you become a practicing nurse, specific details on the nursing school application process, scholarships and more.

Become an RN

RNs are qualified to assess patients health status, administer medications and initiate treatment plans, evaluate outcomes, make recommendations, provide patient education, and work as a part of a healthcare team to optimize patient well-being.

RNs play a key role in making decisions for patients that can have positive impacts on their healthcare. As one of the most trusted professions, RNs are often seen as patient advocates.

 

Go Beyond an RN

Being an RN is a rewarding career that many people love. But it is also not the end point. If you want to advance your RN Career, you can further your education by earning one of 100+ specialty RN certificates or degrees, earn your MSN or DNP degree in nursing.

With these degrees you can work as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), a Nurse Practitioner (NP) go into research or teaching and play a pivotal role in advancing healthcare.

 

4th Annual Best Nursing Schools in America

Let’s be real. Googling nursing programs can lead your down a rabbit hole of information that is tough to sort through. That’s why we have created our nursing school rankings to help you understand the various programs out there. Now you can make an educated decision about what program will best fit your lifestyle and background.

Using NCLEX first-time exam pass rates, program accreditation, number of students taking the exam, and other key data, we ranked every CCNE, ACEN, and state-approved nursing programs throughout the country. You now have a clear and transparent view into what matters to you most when it comes to deciding which nursing program(s) to apply to.

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100.00 Danville Community College 1 1 Danville VA
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100.00 Cuesta College 1 1 San Luis Obispo CA

Cuesta College is located in San Luis Obispo, California.  They offer an RN and an LVN to RN program.  Their LVN to RN program is 3 semesters, with the summer off.  Clinical rotations are done at neighboring facilities.  They also require their LVNs to have at least one year of experience prior to admittance into their program.

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100.00 Stanbridge University 1 1 Irvine CA

Stanbridge University is located in Irvine and Los Angeles, California. Stanbridge offers an Associate of Science in Nursing (RN) degree program. Stanbridge maintains a high standard of academic excellence by integrating innovative technology, hands-on practice, and community service for a holistic student experience.

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100.00 Coahoma Community College 1 1 Clarksdale MS

Coahoma Community College is located in Clarksdale, MS. Coahoma is a historically black college, and adheres to the tradition of providing excellent education to African Americans. Their nursing division offers an ACEN accredited ADN program. This program is tailored to LPNs, and is comprised of 2 general education semesters, 2 semester of nursing courses, and a summer term.

Coahoma’s ADN curriculum has a clinical focus that incorporates academic knowledge, nursing theory, and simulated experiences. The program emphasizes collaboration, inclusivity and future-forward thinking. Learning outcomes are rooted in patient-centered care and professionalism. Students will cultivate leadership skills, communication techniques, teamwork methods, as well as familiarity with technology and modern advancement in the nursing field.

Coahoma Community College’s mission is to prepare caring and independent nurses with critical thinking skills who can participate in their healthcare communities as a valuable member. Students can apply once a year for fall enrollment.

 

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100.00 College of Coastal Georgia 1 1 Brunswick GA

College of Coastal Georgia is located in Brunswick, Georgia.  Their nursing department offers an ASN program, a prelicensure BSN program, which is designed for student without an RN license and an RN to BSN program, designed for students already holding their RN license.

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100.00 Reedley College 1 1 Reedley CA

Reedley College is located in Reedley, California.  Their LVN to RN program is located in their Madera Center.  Unique to Reedley College is the Madera College Advantage Program (MCCAP), which works to transition high school seniors into college life.

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100.00 Helena College University of Montana 1 1 Helena MT

Helena College – University of Montana is located in Helena, Montana.  Their program admits 16 student each fall and spring – 8 of which are regular RN cohorts and 8 off which are LPN to BSN pathway cohorts.

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99.26 Cayuga County Community College 1 2 Auburn NY

Cayuga Community College is a two-year SUNY college in Cayuga County, NY that first opened its doors in 1953. They offer an ADN program that offers admissions once a year, for enrollment in the fall semester. The coursework strikes a balance between theoretical knowledge and clinical practice. They offer the program at both Auburn and Fulton campuses, and admit students once annually in the fall.

Students at Cayuga Community College will learn how to make safe clinical judgments and communication techniques to ensure they can effectively relay information to members of their healthcare team, as well as patients and their families. CCC also has formal partnerships (articulation agreements) with several baccalaureate nursing programs, making the transition between an ADN to BSN program a streamlined process.

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99.22 Chabot College 2 3 Hayward CA

Chabot College is located in Hayward, California.  They boast that their faculty has 20 or more years of experience.  Also, the majority of their RN graduates move on to pursue their BSN degree at CSUEB bridge program.  They also have incredible NCLEX-RN pass rates – over the past 5 years, pass rates have ranged from 96.3% to 100%.

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99.19 Mississippi University for Women 2 4 Columbus MS

The Mississippi University for Women offers a 4-year BSN program in addition to an Advanced Placement RN to BSN program, ideal for registered nurses who are interested in advancing their nursing careers. Though the school’s name implies that it offers single-sex education, since 1982 men have been welcome to attend.

The school’s BSN program focuses on preparing students to be skilled leaders who are agents for change in illness prevention and patient care. Those who graduate from the program will have a comprehensive educational foundation that opens the doors to opportunities for further study, such as a master’s degree in nursing.

The BSN program is aware of the continually changing world, and places a focus on the prevention of illness, maintenance of health, and a responsibility for managing long-term and terminal disruptions to health.   Additionally, the Mississippi University of Women emphasizes the nurse’s role as a client advocate and an important liaison on healthcare teams. Students can enroll in the summer, as well as in the fall.

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99.10 Louisiana Tech University 1 5 Ruston LA
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99.06 Lane Community College 1 6 Eugene OR

Lane Community College is located in Eugene, Oregon.  They offer an LPN certificate, an ADN degree and an LPN to RN bridge option.  The bridge option allows LPNs to enter the into the second year of the ADN program.

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99.02 Jefferson Community College 2 7 Watertown NY

Jefferson Community College opened its doors in 1961, and is located in Watertown, NY. The college offers an ADN program that is ACEN accredited. Nursing students at JCC will benefit from the small class sizes and the simulation laboratory. The program does come with two different pacing options: full-time weekday, meaning that students will complete the program in two academic years, with classes beginning in August; or there’s a part-time weekend option, which is two full years—meaning a summer semester is included as well—and it starts each January.

JCC has transfer agreements with several baccalaureate programs, providing for an easy transition from an ADN to a BSN, if desired. Students will become acquainted with the various specialties in the nursing field, such as pediatrics, medical/surgical nursing, and pharmacology. JCC boasts a caring faculty that takes a student-oriented and supportive approach to preparing excellent nurses.

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99.00 Southeastern Illinois College 1 8 Harrisburg IL

Southeastern Illinois College was founded in 1960 and is located in Harrisburg, IL. They offer an ACEN accredited ADN program that gives students in-depth training in general nursing as well as in specialty sectors such as obstetrics and pediatrics. The nursing program is a two-semester program that begins each fall and accepts 30 students annually. Their program is designed so that students first complete the Practical Nursing program, after which students may practice as licensed practical nurses. Or they may choose to reapply and continue to earn their ADN agree. This strategy aims to concentrate ADN students who are serious and passionate about the field.

Students benefit from small class sizes, engaged peers, and faculty members who offer guidance in academics and career planning. Students are admitted based on their TEAS score, though other factors are weighed in as well. Southeastern Illinois College has an active nursing club that engages with the community through service and advocacy, aiming to increase the presence and voices of aspiring nurses as well as those of nursing professionals.

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98.95 Victor Valley College 3 9 Victorville CA

Victor Valley College is located in Victorville, California.  The nursing program is housed under the Dr. Prem Reddy School of Health Sciences Department.  They offer an RN degree and an LVN to RN option.  Their nursing program “prepares students for an entry-level position in nursing practice. The structure of this program promotes professional and personal growth, including continuing education, and provides upward and lateral mobility for career options.”

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98.90 Laredo Community College 1 10 Laredo TX
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98.82 Pikes Peak Community College 1 11 Colorado Springs CO

Pikes Peak Community College is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  They offer an RN program and a dual enrollment RN to BSN program.  Their RN program is unique in that students enrolled may exit with their LPN at a designated point in the program rather than continuing for the full program if they so choose.  The dual enrollment program allows the RN student to also take classes towards their BSN while working towards their ADN.  This would allow the student to first obtain their ADN but still have credits for their BSN after completion of the program.

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98.82 Seminole State College of Florida 1 11 Sanford FL

Seminole State College of Florida is located in Sanford, Florida.  They offer a generic RN program.  They also offer a concurrent ASN-BSN program with University of Central Florida, which allows the student to complete both ASN and BSN requirements simultaneously.

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98.79 Coastal Alabama Community College (James H Faulkner State) 1 12 Bay Minette AL

Coastal Alabama Community College is located in Bay Minette, Alabama and is known to have one of the lowest tuition rates in Alabama. They offer a number of nursing programs – an LPN program, a nursing mobility program (LPN to RN), and an RN program. Nursing graduates from Faulkner State Community College are prepared to be critical thinkers, practicing safely and effectively in a variety of healthcare settings.

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98.72 Washington State Community College 1 13 Marietta OH
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98.59 East Central College 2 14 Union MO

East Central College is a comprehensive community college with three campus locations. East Central College offers two different programs that result in an ADN degree. The main campus in Union and the one in Rolla offer a pre-licensure program. An LPN to RN Bridge program is offered at the Rolla location as well.

Both education sites have the approval of the Missouri State Board of Nursing, and are well-equipped with clinical simulation labs. This exposes students to technology and allows them to apply knowledge and skills to high-fidelity human patient simulators. The program places great importance on access and flexibility, allowing students to pave their way to a nursing career while balancing other aspects of their lives. Some courses are offered online. Students will be prepared for their future roles as nurses through the combined classroom and clinical components of the program, which cultivate strong, competent, and caring professionals. Enrollment is once annually, in the fall.

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98.57 Great Basin College 1 15 Elko NV

Great Basin College is located in various locations in Nevada, with its nursing programs being located in Elko, Pahrump and Winnemucca.  Nursing programs are offered beginning in the fall semester and students are awarded an associate’s degree upon completion.  At this time, they do not offer an LPN to RN.  They do,however, offer an online RN to BSN program

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98.52 Holmes Community College 3 16 Goodman MS

Holmes Community College is a public school in Goodman, MS. The school offers an ACEN accredited ADN program as well as an LPN-RN track.

The ADN program is a two-year track that aims to prepare students for nursing roles in a variety of healthcare settings. With a balance of general education, nursing theory, and clinical experience, the program provides comprehensive preparation for students to meet the expanding and evolving healthcare demands of the community. Graduates that meet the requirements of the State Board of Nursing are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Holmes’ ADN program is accredited by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning of Mississippi in addition to the aforementioned ACEN accreditation.

The program focuses on two pillars, the first one being to ensure competency, as in the understanding of a nurse’s commitment to ethical and scientific principles alongside the excellent performance of specific tasks. The second pillar is grounded in equality, with a mission to provide equal access for traditional and nontraditional students. Students may enroll in the fall or in the spring.

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98.52 University of Pikeville 1 16 Pikeville KY
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98.52 Eastern Kentucky University 1 16 Richmond KY

Eastern Kentucky University is located in Richmond, Kentucky.  EKU offers a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a second degree BSN program.  They also have a wide variety of post-graduate options for those who want to continue their education after graduating with their BSN degree.

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98.44 Jackson State Community College 1 17 Jackson TN

Jackson State Community College is located in Jackson, Tennessee.  The average RN program requires 60 credits and their RN program requires 65 for degree completion.  They offer an RN program and an LPN Mobility option, allowing the LPN advanced placement into the program.

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98.41 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 4 18 Perkinston MS

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is a public institution. The school offers five ACEN accredited programs in the nursing discipline: an ADN program, a Health Care Assistant (HCA) program, a Practical Nursing (PN) program, and LPN to RN hybrid and non-hybrid programs.

The ADN program is designed to help students gain the understanding of holistic patient care that incorporates compassionate care, cultural sensitivity, and adapts to the physiological, psychosocial and spiritual needs of clients. Students will also become familiar with research and critical thinking skills to cultivate reliable clinical judgment.

MGCCC focuses on matriculated the well-rounded, general nurse who is a strong and trustworthy healthcare provider, and is able to be an excellent team member in various healthcare settings.

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98.40 Rowan College at Gloucester County 1 19 Sewell NJ

Rowan College at Gloucester County (formerly Gloucester County College) is located in Sewell, New Jersey.  They offer a generic nursing track and an LPN to RN track.  Rowan College has partnerships with other universities, such as Rowan University, Drexel University an Wilmington University, allowing nursing students to attend both schools simultaneously, earning credits for both their RN an BSN degrees.

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98.37 Chattanooga State Community College 2 20 Chattanooga TN

Chattanooga State Community College is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The Baroness Erlanger Nursing Program offers an AAS in nursing; this program is subdivided into day and night programs.  They also offer an AAS Transition track, which is available to LPNs and paramedics.  Paramedics are accepted into the night program, and are accepted on even-numbered years.

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98.33 Worcester State University 1 21 Worcester MA

Becoming a nurse can be one of the best ways to start a rewarding career, establish yourself in a growing industry, and really improve the quality of people’s lives. If you’re considering becoming a registered nurse or a licensed practice nurse in Oregon, learn more about what it takes to become a nurse and how you can affect the health care field as a whole through your profession.

 

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98.33 San Juan College 1 21 Farmington NM

San Juan College is located in Farmington, New Mexico.  San Juan College offers both ADN and BSN programs.  The BSN program is actually in partnership with University of Mexico; students first earn their ADN degree, then subsequently earn their BSN degree – only 30 credits are completed at the University of Mexico.

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98.33 Robeson Community College 1 21 Lumberton NC

Robeson Community College is located in Lumberton, North Carolina.  RCC offers an 2 ADN options – a general ADN option and a premajor nursing option.  The premajor option allows the student to take university credits in preparation for a BSN degree after graduation from RCC, which will transfer to a variety of North Carolina universities.

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98.33 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College 2 21 Valdosta GA
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98.33 Cape Fear Community College 1 21 Wilmington NC

Cape Fear Community College is located in Wilmington, North Carolina.  CFCC offers a practical nursing program, an RN program and a nursing transition option, which is an LPN to RN option.  They are proud to announce that their 2015 NCLEX-RN pass rate was 100%.

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98.26 Pierce College at Puyallup 1 22 Puyallup WA
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98.20 Chattahoochee Technical College 3 23 Marietta GA

Chattahoochee Technical College is located in Marietta, Georgia.  They offer a variety of nursing options, from a practical nursing option, to an ASN option, to an LPN to RN bridge option.  The ASN program can be completed in four months, whereas the LPN to RN bridge program can be completed in three months.

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98.17 Northwest Mississippi Community College 5 24 Senatobia MS

Northwest Mississippi Community College is a public community college in Senatobia, Mississippi. The institution first opened its doors in 1928, and has grown tremendously since then. The Division of Nursing offers an ADN program that is ACEN accredited, as well as an LPN-RN Transition program. The Division of Nursing strives to prepare community-oriented nurses that can provide excellent, patient-centered care in diverse settings. They also place emphasis on laboratory and clinical learning environments to stimulate student education and to increase outcomes. The program’s facility features highly technical simulation and skills laboratories, and provides students with professional career preparation through nursing seminar classes and Student Nurses Association memberships.

Graduates of their ADN program are eligible and well-prepared to write the NCLEX-RN examination. The college also offers summer sessions for students who want to fulfill their curriculum requirements during the summer months. Students may enroll twice a year, in the fall and in the spring.

 

 

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98.17 York Technical College 1 24 Rock Hill SC

York Technical College is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  They  offer a DAS (diploma) for practical nursing, a AAS degree – Gen Tech Nursing – Practical, an AAS – Nursing (ADN) and an AAS – Gen Tech to Nursing (ADN).  Their program is a collaboration with University of South Carolina Lancaster, and students (even LPN students earning AAS degree) ready themselves for advanced degrees at University of South Carolina Lancaster.

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98.15 Lakes Region Community College 1 25 Laconia NH
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98.15 Big Bend Community College 2 25 Moses Lake WA

Big Bend Community College is located in Moses Lake, Washington.  They offer a career ladder program.  The program allows students to become a Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C) after the first quarter, an LPN after the third quarter and an ADN at the completion of the program.

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98.08 Sierra College 4 26 Rocklin CA

Sierra College is located in Rocklin, California.  Their nursing department offers a CNA program, and their RN program offers both the general RN program and an LVN to RN option.  In addition, students may elect to pursue their BSN concurrently with the River City Collaborative, which means that they would have certain BSN degree requirements to attend do while they are completing their ADN education

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98.01 State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota 2 27 Bradenton FL

State College of Florida – Manatee – Sarasota has campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, Florida.  It is the region’s first and largest public college.  They offer multiple nursing programs, from an ADN program, to a BSN program to an ADN to RN and an RN to BSN program.

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98.00 Nashville State Community College 3 28 Nashville TN
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97.92 Rogue Community College 2 29 Grants Pass OR

Rogue Community College is locate in Grants Pass, Oregon.  They offer an ADN degree; they also offer an advanced placement option for LPNs for the second year of the nursing program.  In order to be eligible for advanced placement, you must have worked at least 500 hours as an LPN.  The program reserves at least 4 spots for LPNs.

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97.81 Clinton Community College 3 30 Plattsburgh NY

Clinton Community College was established in 1966 in the Town of Plattsburgh, NY. CCC has a residential campus, providing an immersive educational experience. They offer an ADN program and an LPN-RN bridge program. Both offerings are ACEN accredited and students may apply and enroll annually in the fall. The core values of the nursing department consist of integrity, holistic care, academic excellence and lifelong learning, diversity, and critical reasoning and reflection. They place great importance on analysis skills in order to apply evidence-based, clinically judged nursing care for patients of all creeds. The nursing department’s philosophy is: “Educating students to integrate the science and caring art of nursing, while providing safe, quality, patient-centered care, and utilizing evidence-based practice, teamwork and technology.”

Students may apply and enroll annually in the fall. CCC’s program has a solid statewide reputation for providing excellent nursing education on the ADN level. The program values knowledge as much as the well-being of its students, placing a focus on self awareness as well as the cultivation of professional identity.

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97.78 Monterey Peninsula College 5 31 Monterey CA

Monterey Peninsula College has multiple campuses – in Oceanside, Monterey and Seaside, California.  The Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing offers an RN degree with an LVN to RN option  Unique to the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing is the Men in Nursing Program, which promotes and recruits men in the nursing program, then works towards male retention in nursing.

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97.73 Los Angeles Harbor College 6 32 Wilmington CA

Los Angeles Harbor College is located in Wilmington, California.  They offer an RN program and an LVN to RN program.

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97.70 Johnston Community College 2 33 Smithfield NC
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97.64 North Iowa Area Community College 1 34 Mason City IA

North Iowa Area Community College is located in Mason City, Iowa. NIACC is proud to boast that it is Iowa’s oldest community college, having been founded in 1918.  NIACC offers an LPN and an ADN program.  They also have a partnership with various universities that allow ADN graduates to pursue their BSN after graduation; the University of Iowa is local, and there are also various other education options for the ADN graduate.

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97.63 Howard College 2 35 Big Spring TX
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97.63 College of the Albemarle 3 35 Elizabeth City NC

College of the Albemarle is located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  They offer an LPN program an LPN to ADN program and an ADN program.  They also offer a pre-BSN nursing pathway, which is for students who would like to obtain their general education credits but have not yet been admitted to a nursing program.  They also have an RN to BSN Step Center, which helps students who have recently graduated with their ADN assistance in selecting an RN to BSN/RN to MSN program.

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97.62 Southside Virginia Community College 2 36 Alberta VA
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97.51 Southwest Mississippi Community College 6 37 Summit MS

Southwest Mississippi Community College offers an ACEN accredited ADN program. The coursework strikes a balance between clinical and laboratory experience, current nursing theory, as well as general education. Their mission is to prepare nurses who are able to provide excellent care in a variety of health care settings. Students at Southwest will be cultivating their critical thinking skills in order to become professional members of an interdisciplinary health care team. The nursing school also places an emphasis on healthcare innovation and adaptability, giving students ample opportunity to challenge themselves in clinical simulations.

There are two opportunities for enrollment each academic year, in the fall and in the spring semesters. For those who are Licensed Practical Nurse, there is an LPN to RN bridge program as well, which can be applied for through their regular admissions processes twice a year. Those interested in the bridge program have the opportunity for advanced placement, allowing them to matriculate from the program at an accelerated pace.

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97.51 Chemeketa Community College 3 37 Salem OR

Chemeketa Community College is located in Salem, Oregon.  Their program is a ladder program, where first the student earns their LPN and then their RN degree.  They also have an LPN to RN entry option, should a spot open up in the program for an eligible LPN.  They also have inter-institutional agreements with Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and Linfield College for students seeking RN to BSN programs.

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97.38 Tallahassee Community College 3 38 Tallahassee FL

Tallahassee Community College is located in Tallahassee, Florida.  Tallahassee offers a variety of nursing programs; they offer a traditional ASN program and a BSN program.  They also offer an RN to BSN program and a Health Profession to RN program.  The Health Profession to RN program is designed for LPNs and paramedics to achieve their RN license.

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97.34 Colorado Mountain College 2 39 Glenwood Springs CO

Colorado Mountain College is located in various locations throughout Colorado.  They offer both an ADN and a BSN program at their Breckenridge and Spring Valley locations.  Having the BSN program on-campus allows their students to continue for their BSN degree immediately after obtaining their ADN degree.

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97.31 Northeast Mississippi Community College 7 40 Booneville MS

Northeast Mississippi Community College is a public school located in Booneville, Mississippi. The college opened its doors in 1948 as an agricultural and junior college. Since then, NMCC has evolved into a multi-disciplinary college, including a nursing division. The nursing school offers an ACEN accredited ADN program, as well as a Practical Nursing (LPN) program. NMCC’s ADN program offers students a well-rounded education that focuses on instructional hours in local clinical facilities.

The core mission of NMCC’s program is to prepare competent, caring professionals, who have the knowledge necessary to become a registered nurse and an excellent member of a healthcare team. The program can be completed in 5 semesters, though students may choose to complete the curriculum at a slower pace, as long as they complete it within 5 years of initial admission.

LPNs interested in obtaining an ADN from NMCC may be eligible for advanced placement, offering a more challenging curriculum. Students may enroll in the fall and in the spring for all of NMCC’s nursing programs.

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97.31 John Tyler Community College 3 40 Chester VA

John Tyler Community College is located in Chester, Virginia.  They offer an ADN degree with two tracks.  The traditional track has classroom time Monday through Friday, with clinical experiences that may be days, evenings and/or weekends.  The Hybrid Distance Education Track (HDET) is delivered online, with occasional participation on-campus.  Clinical experiences are still days, evenings and/or weekends.

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97.26 Mitchell Community College 4 41 Statesville NC

Mitchell Community College is located in Statesville, North Carolina.  They offer an associate’s degree RN.  MCC has a collaboration with Lenoir-Rhyne University called the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN), which allows a seamless transition for students after graduation in competing their BSN degree.

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97.24 Arkansas Northeastern College 1 42 Blytheville AR
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97.15 Clackamas Community College 4 43 Oregon City OR

Clackamas Community College is located in Eugene, Oregon.  CCC offers an ADN degree.  CCC opened in 1966 and has evolved into a school with 3 campuses and more than 38,000 students, with over 1,300 classes taught each term.

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97.10 Bismarck State College 1 44 Bismarck ND

Bismarck State College is located in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Through the Dakota Nursing Program, a collaboration of several community colleges, a standardized nursing program allows students to earn their LPN and then their RN in a stepwise fashion.  They are also eligible for bridge programs for RN to BSN/RN to MSN with neighboring universities.

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97.10 State Fair Community College 3 44 Sedalia MO

State Fair Community College is a public community college in Sedalia, Missouri. The nursing division offers a bi-level program that allows students to become LPNs after year 1, or to complete a second year with an ADN diploma and NCLEX preparedness.

At SFCC, the focus is on a blend of modern technology and traditional nursing theory. Classrooms are equipped with SMART board technology, and students will spend time in a dedicated health computer lab. This cultivates their familiarity with information processes, nursing technology, and analytical techniques.

SFCC also has human patient simulators, which enhance students’ critical decision-making skills in a hands-on manner. SFCC places great importance on personal growth, development, teamwork, and the ability to apply the knowledge in various healthcare settings. SFCC also has an active Nursing Club, which fosters a community of like-minded individuals who are focusing on similar goals. Applicants can enroll once a year in the fall.

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97.06 Hartnell College 7 45 Salinas CA

Hartnell College is located in Salinas, California.  Their nursing curriculum “is evolving and embraces new ideas and technology, yet is guided by foundational elements of safety, quality, and ethical-legal standards.”  Their ADN program is four semesters (or two years) after completion of about a year of prerequisites.

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97.04 Wake Technical Community College 5 46 Raleigh NC

Wake Technical Community College is located in Raleigh, North Carolina.  They offer an ADN degree and an advanced placement option for LPNs.  The WTCC Department of Nursing is “proud of our reputation in the community for preparing excellent, well-qualified nurses.”

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96.99 NHTI-Concord's Community College 2 47 Concord NH

NHTI – Concord’s Community College is located in Concord, New Hampshire.  They offer an ADN degree (generic) and an LPN to RN option.  They also offer an RN to BSN Public Pathway (with Granite State College) and an RN to BSN Pathway with Saint Anselm College; both pathways allow ADN graduates to complete their third year towards a BSN degree at NHTI before transferring to their chosen school to complete the program.

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96.92 Saddleback College 8 48 Mission Viejo CA

Saddleback College is located in Mission Viejo, California.  They offer a generic RN program and an LVN to RN program.  They also have a “Southern California New Graduate RN Transition Program” that is open to Orange County community college nursing graduates who have graduated within the past year; it is designed to transition the nurse from the school setting directly into the work setting.  The program pairs the new graduate with a practicing RN for the duration of the program, working approximately 240 hours on the night shift.

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96.91 Central Oregon Community College 5 49 Bend OR

Central Oregon Community College is located in Bend, Oregon.  COCC offers ADN program.  Their program is a career ladder program, with an exit point that at the Practical Nurse (PN) and Registered Nurse (RN) levels.  Their program is highly competitive.

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96.85 Brunswick Community College 6 50 Bolivia NC

Brunswick Community College is located in Bolivia, North Carolina.  BCC offers a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  Their ADN program requires that its students complete a certified nursing aide (CNA) certification or have their LPN prior to enrollment in the program.

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96.82 Valencia College 4 51 Orlando FL

Valencia College is located in Orlando, Florida.  Valencia College offers a couple different bridge programs – an RN to BSN program and an “Advanced Standing Track”.  Their Advanced Standing Track is a unique program; it allows LPNs, paramedics, registered invasive cardiovascular specialists, and registered respiratory therapists to enter the program and become an RN.

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96.81 Western Piedmont Community College 7 52 Morganton NC

Western Piedmont Community College is located in Morganton, North Carolina.  WPCC offers an associate’s degree in nursing.  They are proud to note that in 2008, they were one of seven North Carolina community colleges to be designated an “exceptional” community college.

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96.80 Itawamba Community College 8 53 Fulton MS

Itawamba Community College is a public school in Fulton, MS that first opened its doors in 1920 as a high school with an agricultural focus. Today, Itawamba offers a plethora of programs in various disciplines, including a two year ADN program within their nursing division. Graduates of the program will receive an ADN degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX exam for Registered Nurses. The program offers one class per year beginning each fall.

ICC’s nursing program offers a comprehensive curriculum that integrates basic and complex principles of knowledge, practice and application of nursing care. Students enrolled in the program will develop academic skills and application strategies to become caring, competent and professional registered nurses. Itawamba Community College’s focus lies on preparing graduates to pass the licensure exam on the first write, sending out exemplary, well-rounded registered nurses who are capable of being reliable members of health care teams in various settings.

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96.74 Gaston College 8 54 Dallas NC

Gaston College is located in Dallas, North Carolina.  They offer a variety of nursing options – a practical nursing program, an ADN program, an LPN to ADN program and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is a pathway program that is designed in conjunction with various local universities, which makes the program more affordable to the student.

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96.66 Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College 2 55 Orangeburg SC

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  OCtech offers a practical nursing program, an ADN program and an ADN FLEX program; the FLEX program is the LPN to ADN program operates from January to December, with classes being offered on-campus and online.  Clinicals are offered on weekends.

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96.63 North Dakota State College of Science 2 56 Wahpeton ND

North Dakota State College of Science is located in Wahpeton, North Dakota.  They offer several options for their nursing students; they offer an LPN diploma, an LPN AAS, which is designed for students who will eventually seek to obtain their ADN, and an ADN degree.

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96.54 Blackhawk Technical College 1 57 Janesville WI

Blackhawk Technical College is located in Janesville, Wisconsin.  They offer an ADN degree.  They also offer an LPN progression program, which allows the LPN to advance their degree.  The LPN must take a bridge course prior to enrollment, but then is able to join the other students in the third semester of the program.

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96.51 Gordon State College 4 58 Barnesville GA

Gordon State College is located in Barnesville, Georgia.  Their nursing deparment offers a couple of unique options.  They have a traditional ASN program and an LPN to RN program.  In addition, they have an RN-BSN completion degree, which allows their RN students to obtain a BSN degree.

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96.49 Peninsula College 3 59 Port Angeles WA

Peninsula College is located in Port Angeles, Washington.  They offer an ADN program.  They offer advanced placement for LPNs, but only if spaces allow in the program – they do not have spaces available for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Peninsula College offers dozens of scholarships to its nursing students for those that apply.

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96.45 Cecil College 1 60 North East MD

Cecil College is located in North East, Maryland.  They offer a RN program and an LPN program.  On their website, Cecil College publishes certain statistics that they have collected, and they are proud to boast that over the past 5 years, their graduates have an overall 92.93% job placement rate.  They also have a 98.6% student satisfaction rate with their nursing programs.

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96.40 Greenville Technical College 3 61 Greenville SC

Greenville Technical College is located in Greenville, South Carolina.  They are one of the largest ADN programs in South Carolina and have been in operation since 1971.  Their program is an ADN program and they also have a BSN transfer option with USC Upstate.

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96.33 Simmons College 3 62 Boston MA

Simmons College is a private school in Boston, MA that was founded in 1899. Though all undergraduate programs are women-only, they do offer co-educational graduate programs. The nursing school offers a BSN program as well as a BSN to MSN program. The traditional four year program is centered around compassionate and skillful applications of nursing principles. With simulation labs, a core curriculum and a clinical education program, students at Simmons will be immersed in a full-time, supportive experience.

For adult learners they offer a special program: the Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars Program, which is a BSN track that is to be completed in 16 months or two years. This program is open for those who are 24 or older. The 16 month option is ideal for those with a previous non-nursing bachelor’s degree who want to complete the program at an accelerated pace. The 2 year option is for those desiring a part-time program that does not require the student to hold a previous bachelor’s degree.

The school also offers a unique mentoring program entitled the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring program which is tailored to the needs, experiences, and prospective success of Native American, Asian, Latina, and African American students who are part of the nursing program.

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96.30 Fox Valley Technical College 2 63 Appleton WI

Fox Valley Technical College is located in Appleton, Wisconsin.  FVTC offers a variety of options for its students; they offer an ADN degree but they also offer a pathway for LPNs and paramedics that allows them entrance into the program.  They also offer refresher courses for LPNs and RNs who are out of practice and need to review their skills before returning to the workforce.

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96.30 Gwinnett Technical College 5 63 Lawrenceville GA

Gwinnett Technical College is located in Lawrenceville, Georgia.  They offer a variety of options for their students – a traditional ADN program, an LPN-RN bridge program and a paramedic bridge program, which allows paramedics to bridge to their RN degree.

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96.30 Clatsop Community College 6 63 Astoria OR

Clatsop Community College is located in Astoria, Oregon.  They currently offer an ADN program.  Effective as of Fall 2016, they no longer offer an LPN program and are subsequently no longer offering advanced placement for their RN program.

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96.30 Manchester Community College 3 63 Manchester NH

Manchester Community College is located in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Their nursing program has a variety of options – there is both full-time and part-time ADN programs.  There is also a practical nursing program and an LPN to RN program, which is a hybrid program, meaning that it utilizes both online and on-campus courses.

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96.30 Central Carolina Technical College 4 63 Sumter SC

Central Carolina Technical College is located in Sumter, South Carolina.  They offer an ADN program and an LPN to ADN program.  The LPN to ADN program allows for advanced placement into the ADN program.

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96.24 Mississippi Delta Community College 9 64 Moorhead MS

Mississippi Delta Community College is a public community college with its main campus in Moorhead, Mississippi. The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) was introduced and established in 1964.

Their program places emphasis on preparing well-rounded, professional nurses who are able to deliver quality care in a variety of health care settings. These settings may include adult medical-surgical units, intensive care, pediatrics, gerontology, psychiatry, oncology, orthopedics, emergency care, cardiovascular, neurology, and education. MDCC emphasizes the importance of a supportive and collaborative community that is inclusive and respectful of different backgrounds. This inclusivity extends to patient care; graduates are prepared to accommodate the needs of diverse patient populations.

Alongside the significant exposure students will have to environments in which nurses practice, MDCC’s program emphasizes the many roles a nurse often takes on within these settings, including that of a caregiver, advocate, educator, communicator, and manager of care. Mississippi Delta Community College’s ADN program is ACEN accredited, and students may enroll once a year in the fall semester.

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96.22 Milwaukee Area Technical College 3 65 Milwaukee WI

Milwaukee Area Technical College is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  They offer an RN program and an LPN-RN Educational Progression program.  Students opting to apply to the LPN-RN program should know that at least one year of LPN experience is required.  The program begins in August and January each year.

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96.14 Mountain View College 3 66 Dallas TX
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96.04 Hopkinsville Community College 2 67 Hopkinsville KY

Hopkinsville Community College is located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  They offer an RN program, but do not offer an LPN to RN program at this time, although they do offer an LPN program.  Hopkinsville Community College is primarily attended by students residing in western Kentucky and also northern Tennessee.

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96.04 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas 2 67 Helena AR
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96.00 Chaffey College 9 68 Rancho Cucamonga CA

Chaffey College is located in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  Their nursing program was founded in 1957 and was one of the first five associate’s degree nursing programs in California.  They offer an RN program, a VN to RN program and a VN to RN (non-degree option).

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95.97 Albany Technical College 6 69 Albany GA

Albany Technical College is located in Albany, Georgia.  Their RN nursing program is relatively new – it opened its doors in 2012.  They had an existing LPN nursing program in place.  Their nursing program has a traditional RN program and an LPN-RN bridge path.

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95.97 Scottsdale Community College 1 69 Scottsdale AZ

Scottsdale Community College is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.  This community college is known to offer perks to its students, such as the latest versions of Windows and Microsoft Office suite; this allows their students to have the latest technology with which to do their assignments.  They also offer academic support services to students in a variety of topics.  Scottsdale Community College offers an ADN program.

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95.94 Santa Rosa Junior College 10 70 Santa Rosa CA

Santa Rosa Junior College is located in Forestvilla, California.  They offer an RN and an LVN to RN program.  In addition, they have a partnership with Sonoma State University School of Nursing, allowing graduates to pursue their BSN or MSN after graduation from Santa Rosa Junior College.

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95.93 NorthWest Arkansas Community College 3 71 Bentonville AR

Northwest Arkansas Community College is located in Bentonville. Their nursing program is ideal for a variety of student types, as some of their classes are available online. In addition, classes are also offered at their other campuses in Springdale or Farmington.

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95.93 John A Logan College 2 71 Carterville IL

John A. Logan College is located in Carterville, IL. They offer an ACEN accredited ADN program that only admits students who have completed a Practical Nursing program and have obtained their LPN license. The program does have two options for curriculum delivery, either traditionally or in a hybrid format. Do note that students can enroll in JALC’s PN program, but they cannot immediately transition into the ADN program. Students must work and gain experience for one year after licensure before applying to the ADN program.

John A. Logan College fosters a diverse and supportive student community. The nursing program is rooted in Maslow’s theory of needs, aiming to prepare students who can resolve those lower, physiological needs of their patients so that they can go back out into the world pursuing their desired paths. Students will be trained to provide competent, evidence-based care, and will be guided by a supportive group of faculty and peers.

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95.91 North Central Missouri College 4 72 Trenton MO

North Central Missouri College is a public community college in Trenton, Missouri that first opened its doors in 1925. The school’s nursing division offers a PN program as well as an on-campus and online ADN program. Both of these programs are offered at the main campus in Trenton, as well as at NCMC’s Maryville Outreach Site. For those seeking night and weekend courses, the Bethany Outreach Site offers a night and weekend PN program.

The mission of the Nursing Department at NCMC is to prepare students for the ever-changing healthcare needs of various populations. The curriculum has a progressive lens, with a focus on competency and care. Students will be familiarized with technology and analysis skills, as well as communication techniques and leadership development. The nursing department is dedicated to providing excellent nursing education that allows graduates to enter the workforce confidently in any healthcare setting.

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95.80 Rappahannock Community College 4 73 Glenns VA

Rappahannock Community College is located in Glenns, Virginia.  They offer an ADN program that is completed in five semesters. They also have recently offered an advanced placement option for LPNs.  RCC broke ground in 1970 and opened its doors in 1971.

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95.80 Mesa Community College 2 73 Mesa AZ

Mesa Community College is located in Mesa, Arizona, but has five campuses throughout the city.  Students in the RN program at Mesa Community College may also be enrolled Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP), which partners the student with a local university.  The student takes courses at both the community college and university concurrently, allowing them to earn both their RN and BSN degrees within one to two semesters of each other.

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100.00 University of Houston-Victoria 1 1 Victoria TX
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100.00 University of Dubuque 1 1 Dubuque IA
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100.00 Ohio Northern University 1 1 Ada OH

Ohio Northern University is located in Ada, Ohio.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN completion program.  Their RN to BSN program is just 12 months; students meet once weekly for 4 12-week terms, in addition to two clinical experiences.

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100.00 Saint Francis University 1 1 Loretto PA

Saint Francis University is located in Loretto, Pennsylvania.  In terms of undergraduate programs, they offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  They also are extremely proud of the fact that their faculty to student ratio is 8:1 in the clinical setting.  Their faculty and nursing students regularly volunteer in clinics for underserved populations.

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100.00 The University of Tennessee-Martin 1 1 Martin TN

The University of Tennessee – Martin is located in Martin, Tennessee.  UTM offers a traditional BSN program and an online BSN program.  UTM also recognizes nursing student excellent with Sigma Theta Tau (Pi Tau Chapter), which is an international honor society for nursing.

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100.00 MacMurray College 1 1 Jacksonville IL

MacMurray College is a private Christian institution located in Jacksonville, Illinois that offers a four-year, CCNE accredited BSN program, as well as an online RN to BSN program. MacMurray’s BSN program is a unique program that integrates a liberal arts core while preparing graduates for professional nursing practice, graduate education, and ongoing career development.

The program’s focus lies in the extensive development of students’ knowledge, values, and competencies that ensure they can provide safe, high quality nursing care for diverse populations in various settings. The coursework further equips students with the clinical reasoning, communication skills, understanding of healthcare policies and systems, and management technology necessary to be a strong member of a healthcare team.

To be admitted to the MacMurray’s nursing program, the applicant must met the following minimum requirements: 2.75/4.00 high school GPA, ACT composite of 20 or 1020 on the SAT, 2 semesters of chemistry with a grade C or better within the last 5 years. Students can enroll twice a year, in the fall or spring semester.

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100.00 Spring Hill College 1 1 Mobile AL

Spring Hill College is located in Mobile, Alabama.  Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third oldest Jesuit college in the US.  They boast that their student to faculty ratio is 13:1.  In addition, nursing students comprise 9% of their student population, which is pretty outstanding when their are 46 majors available.

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100.00 Colby-Sawyer College 1 1 New London NH

Colby-Sawyer College is located in New London, New Hampshire.  They offer a BSN program and a MSN program.  Colby-Sawyer has a partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), which allows students to do the majority of their clinical rotations onsite at their facility.  They also actively seek the graduates of Colby-Sawyer for employment.

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100.00 Berea College 1 1 Berea KY
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100.00 Longwood University 1 1 Farmville VA
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100.00 East Texas Baptist University 1 1 Marshall TX
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100.00 Harding University 1 1 Searcy AR

Harding University is located in Searcy, Arkansas.  Carr College of Nursing was founded in 1975; their graduates are now working throughout the world.  Carr College of Nursing produces nurses who are not only prepared for entry-level nursing positions, but are also Christian servants.  Their students have the opportunity to join a Health Care Missions Program, with local and international experiences.

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100.00 Sonoma State University 1 1 Rohnert Park CA

Sonoma State University is located in Rohnert Park, California.  Sonoma State University offers “pre-licensure BSN” and “post-licensure” BSN programs. The pre-licensure program is designed for traditional BSN students, where as the post-licensure BSN program is designed for students who hold an ADN degree and their RN license.

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99.65 Texas State University 2 2 San Marcos TX

Texas State University is located in San Marcos, Texas.  The St. David’s School of Nursing is ranked #2 of the “Best Nursing Schools in the State of Texas.”  Their most recent 2016 BSN graduates had a 100% NCLEX-RN pass rate.  They offer a traditional BSN program, with 100 students being admitted yearly.

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99.37 Eastern Kentucky University 2 3 Richmond KY

Eastern Kentucky University is located in Richmond, Kentucky.  EKU offers a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a second degree BSN program.  They also have a wide variety of post-graduate options for those who want to continue their education after graduating with their BSN degree.

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99.33 University of Kentucky 3 4 Lexington KY

University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, Kentucky.  Their College of Nursing had over 1,500 students enrolled in 2015.  They offer a traditional BSN, an LPN to BSN program and a second degree BSN program.  The mission of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing is to promote health and well-being through excellence in nursing education, research, practice and service while fostering diversity and inclusion.

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99.26 Concordia University-Texas 3 5 Austin TX
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99.22 Mississippi University for Women 1 6 Columbus MS

The Mississippi University for Women offers a 4-year BSN program in addition to an Advanced Placement RN to BSN program, ideal for registered nurses who are interested in advancing their nursing careers. Though the school’s name implies that it offers single-sex education, since 1982 men have been welcome to attend.

The school’s BSN program focuses on preparing students to be skilled leaders who are agents for change in illness prevention and patient care. Those who graduate from the program will have a comprehensive educational foundation that opens the doors to opportunities for further study, such as a master’s degree in nursing.

The BSN program is aware of the continually changing world, and places a focus on the prevention of illness, maintenance of health, and a responsibility for managing long-term and terminal disruptions to health.   Additionally, the Mississippi University of Women emphasizes the nurse’s role as a client advocate and an important liaison on healthcare teams. Students can enroll in the summer, as well as in the fall.

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99.00 Morehead State University 4 7 Morehead KY

Morehead State University is located in Morehead, Kentucky.  They have a variety of nursing option.  They have an ADN degree, a paramedic to ADN option, a post-licensure program (this allows an RN to become a BSN) and a pre-licensure program (this allows a traditional student to become a BSN).

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99.00 Trinity Christian College 2 7 Palos Heights IL

Trinity Christian College is a private Christian college located in Palos Heights, Illinois. The nursing school offers a four-year BSN program that comes with an integrated minor in science. Trinity’s nursing program is the only nursing school in the Chicago area with a 100% NCLEX pass rate in 2015 and 2016 and has continued to earn that perfect score each consecutive year.

The program prepares students academically and clinically for the patient’s physical, spiritual, and mental needs. The coursework incorporates knowledge from the humanities and the natural, social, and nursing sciences to cultivate a holistic understanding of nursing care. The program offers small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities, providing a comprehensive and hands-on experience grounded in a Christian environment. Trinity Christian College’s nursing program has an excellent reputation in Illinois, attracting a strong, albeit small yet dedicated group of students. The college offers a robust program and is accessible to most interested students with an 88% acceptance rate.

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98.99 Saint Anselm College 2 8 Manchester NH

Saint Anselm College is located in Manchester, New Hampshire.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program. They have a state-of-the-art simulation lab, with the latest in simulation technology, including Simbaby, Simman, Birthing Mother and a Pyxis.  They also are proud to boast that they have 8 to 1 student to instructor ratios.

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98.72 Waynesburg University 2 9 Waynesburg PA
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98.67 The University of Tampa 1 10 Tampa FL

The University of Tampa is located in Tampa, Florida.  University of Tampa offers a BSN program and a MSN program.  Their BSN program is highly competitive and students are accepted for fall, spring and summer semesters.  Their program is designed for students without nursing credits.

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98.58 California State University-Long Beach 2 11 Long Beach CA

California State University – Long Beach is located in Long Beach, California.  For BSN nursing, they offer a traditionl nursing program, designed for students without a prior nursing license, and a “registered nurse student” program which is designed for students already holding an RN license.  They also offer a DNP program.

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98.52 Gardner-Webb University 1 12 Boiling Springs NC

Gardner-Webb University is located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.  The Hunt School of Nursing has had an ADN program since 1965 and has expanded to include a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN program, an MSN program, which includes either education, FNP, or administration, and a DNP program.

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98.52 Bethel University 2 12 McKenzie TN
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98.43 Western Governors University 1 13 Salt Lake City UT

Western Governors University is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  They offer many options for nursing students, from the bachelor’s level to master’s level.  They offer a prelicensure BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  WGU is a non-traditional university and their education is based on competencies, which means that their approach allows the students to learn things they do not already know, taking into consideration past education and work experience.

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98.35 Carlow University 3 14 Pittsburgh PA
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98.24 Anderson University 1 15 Anderson IN
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98.20 Montana Tech of the University of Montana 1 16 Butte MT

Montana Tech is located in Butte, Montana.  They offer two BSN programs – a pre-licensure and a post-licensure.  The pre-licensure program is for students without a prior degree.  The post-licensure program is for students with a prior RN degree.  Montana Tech’s nursing program is the first four-year nursing program to be approved by Montana in the past 78 years.

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98.09 Luther College 2 17 Decorah IA

Luther College is located in Decorah, Iowa.  They offer a BSN program and a Direct Entry Program.  The Direct Entry Program allows a high school senior to apply for entrance into the program their freshman year of college.

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98.02 University of South Carolina 1 18 Columbia SC

University of South Carolina is located in Columbia, South Carolina.  USC has been rated #1 in the nation by US News and World Report for their online education Master’s programs.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program, in addition to a wide variety of post-graduate options.

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98.01 Sentara College of Health Sciences 2 19 Chesapeake VA

Sentara College of Health Sciences is located in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Sentara College is a division of Sentara Healthcare; it seeks to educate healthcare professionals in a variety of careers, but especially nursing.  Not only do they offer a BSN program, but they offer an online RN to BSN program, an option for LPNs to join their BSN program and they also allow for early entrance into the program for college freshman.

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97.80 Florida Atlantic University 2 20 Boca Raton FL

Florida Atlantic University is located in Boca Raton, Florida.  Their nursing department offers a BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a freshmen direct admit program, which allows high school seniors to apply for the nursing program and gain entrance into the nursing program their freshmen year of college.

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97.70 Allen College 3 21 Waterloo IA

Allen College is located in Waterloo, Iowa.  Allen College is unique in that it is a college that provides only healthcare education.  The following degrees are available: Associate of Science in Radiography, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Doctor of Education in Health Professions Education degree programs.

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97.67 Western Carolina University 2 22 Cullowhee NC

Western Carolina University is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina.  Their nursing department offers a pre-licensure BSN program, an accelerated BSN program (allowing a student with a prior bachelor’s degree to obtain a BSN degree) and an RN to BSN program, which is an online program.  Their programs are also offered at Biltmore Park Towne Square in Asheville, North Carolina; this location offers only a selection of majors, nursing being one of the few.

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97.58 Indiana University-Northwest 2 23 Gary IN

Indiana University – Northwest is located in Gary, Indiana.  They offer a traditional BSN program.  They also offer an online RN to BSN program.  They also offer a BA/BS to BSN program, which allow those already holding a bachelor’s degree to become a BSN.

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97.56 California State University-Channel Islands 3 24 Camarillo CA
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97.55 Avila University 1 25 Kansas City MO

Avila University is a  private university in Kansas City, Missouri that offers a CCNE accredited BSN program. This four-year baccalaureate track is designed around four pillars: discover, understand, participate, and assume. “Discover” entails the understanding and appreciation of the human responses and varied perceptions of life experiences; “Understand” focuses on the comprehension of the nursing role in socially and globally responsible health care; “Participate” encourages teamwork to achieve optimal patient-centered care, and “Assume” addresses and prepares students for the prospective nursing roles that graduates will assume.

Avila’s BSN program includes preparation in the liberal arts, behavioral, biological, and natural sciences, communication, technology, and inquiry based thinking. Furthermore, the program emphasizes the the values of caring and continuous professional development, and recognition of varied perceptions of and responses to life experiences that people encounter. Senior Avila Nursing Students complete a trauma simulation using the school’s high fidelity simulators. Students may enroll in the program in the fall.

 

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97.53 West Virginia Wesleyan College 1 26 Buckhannon WV
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97.49 Delta State University 2 27 Cleveland MS

Delta State University is a public university in Cleveland, MS, in the Mississippi Delta. Established in 1924, Delta State has blossomed into a diverse college with a plethora of offerings for its students. The Robert E. Smith School of Nursing has several programs. They offer a BSN track, in addition to the following online offerings: RN to BSN, MS in Nursing, Post-Master’s Certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Delta State prides itself for its skilled faculty within the nursing school, who have various nursing specialities and are committed to providing high quality education in the classroom, online, as well as in clinical environments. Simulation practicals are also incorporated into the program, facilitated by their extensive Skills and Simulation Labs. These labs include a variety of mannequins, supplies and equipment, including mannequins with abdominal, heart, lung sounds, wounds, and nursing care applicability. Students may enroll in the fall and in the spring.

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97.48 Duke University 3 28 Durham NC

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina.  The Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is unique in that their only BSN program is an accelerated BSN (ABSN) – it is designed for adult learners with a prior bachelors degree.  DUSON’s primary focus is on educating nurses to advanced degrees; in fact, aside from the ABSN degree students, they graduated their last BSN students in 1983.

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97.47 Kennesaw State University 1 29 Kennesaw GA
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97.40 California State University-Stanislaus 4 30 Turlock CA
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97.37 Western Kentucky University 5 31 Bowling Green KY

Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. WKU offers a BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a second degree BSN program.  The second degree BSN program allows students with a prior bachelor’s degree to become an RN in 4 semesters.  This program is separate from the RN to BSN program..

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97.37 Brigham Young University-Provo 2 31 Provo UT

Brigham Young University is located in Provo, Utah.  BYU offers a BSN program.  They have a clinical simulation laboratory where they can practice nursing skills prior to working with actual patients.  As part of their global health course, students have the opportunity to travel to distant areas, such as Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, and Ghana.

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97.34 Georgia College & State University 2 32 Milledgeville GA
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97.33 University of Iowa 4 33 Iowa City IA

University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, Iowa.  Their College of Nursing offers a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  For the BSN who chooses to continue his or her education, they also offer an extensive graduate program.

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97.31 Muskingum University 2 34 New Concord OH
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97.31 Radford University 3 34 Radford VA
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97.29 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 4 35 Bloomsburg PA

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is located in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  Their RN to BSN program is offered entirely online; at this time, their online program is available only to PA residents but they are seeking to expand to non-PA residents in the very near future.

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97.22 William Carey University 3 36 Hattiesburg MS

William Carey University is a private, Christian school that offers three tracks towards earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). They have a pre-licensure BSN program, LPN Advanced Placement program, and an RN to BSN program. On the graduate level, WCU offers an MSN, an MSN and MBA dual program, and a Doctor of Philosophy, which concentrates on Nursing Education and Administration.

William Carey operates on a trimester system, meaning that there are fall, winter, spring, and summer trimesters, each being 10 weeks long. WCU’s BSN program takes six trimesters to complete, and students can enroll in the fall and in the spring.

The LPN Advanced Placement program is an opportunity for LPNs to strengthen their educational and career advancement. The program is part time, allowing working nurses to incorporate further education into their schedule. The part time program takes ten trimesters, or thirty months to complete. Students can enroll in the fall only. The RN-BSN program is an online program to meet the needs of working RNs and takes twelve months to complete. Students may enroll in the fall and in the spring.

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97.17 Lincoln University 2 37 Jefferson City MO

Lincoln University is a public university in Jefferson City, Missouri. Founded in 1866 as an institution for black Americans, Lincoln University continues to uphold its traditions as a historically black college. They offer an AAS, BSN, and RN to BSN bridge program. All three nursing degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), in addition to full approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

The AAS nursing program has a part-time evening curriculum. Having classes during these timeframes is specifically designed for active duty military personnel who don’t have conventional schedules. Each fall, Lincoln University enrolls a class of 40 students into its AAS program, comprising of 50% military, or military affiliated students, as well as 50% civilian students. Licensed practical nurses may be eligible to enroll with advanced standing.

The BSN degree prepares students in a multitude of ways for their roles in diverse healthcare settings. Lincoln University’s program focuses on leadership, community, and excellence within the nursing field. The program offers on campus classes, in addition to online courses.

The RN-BSN track is a hybrid program that offers online general education courses and nursing courses on-campus. For those who hold an ADN and wish to further their education, Lincoln’s hybrid program may be a good fit. Those enrolled in the hybrid program must participate in on campus activities, projects, and presentations.

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97.16 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus 3 38 Durham NH

University of New Hampshire is located in Durham, New Hampshire.  UNH offers a BSN program.  Their nursing department has a simulation laboratory that offers its students a clinical experience; the sim lab has mannequins, task trainers and other clinical equipment.  Nursing students who excel and maintain a high GPA are considered “honors in major” students and graduate with Honors in Nursing on their diploma.

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97.14 University of Southern Mississippi 4 39 Hattiesburg MS

The University of Southern Mississippi has multi-level nursing programs within their CCNE accredited College of Nursing and Health Professions. They offer a 4-year BSN program, an online RN to BSN program, as well as various programs on the master’s and doctorate levels. On the master’s level they offer nursing degrees with different specializations, including Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. On the doctorate level, USM offers nursing degrees with concentrations on clinical nursing, leadership, and anesthesia. The master’s level concentrations are applicable to the doctorate level as well.

The College of Nursing and Health Professions places a strong emphasis on innovative and evidence-based learning and teaching. USM has cultivated an academically robust nursing school that challenges its students with ethical and legal implications, professionalism, research, and leadership. The program also has a simulation lab, giving students hands-on experiences with high-fidelity mannequins.

Students can enroll in the fall, though eligible transfer students can  enroll in the spring.

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97.13 Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing 4 40 Richmond VA

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing is located in Richmond, Virginia.  They offer a traditional BSN degree and an online RN to BSN degree.  The online program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis and is designed with the working nurse in mind.  The college has a Clinical Simulator Center, which offers an 8-bed Med/Surg unit, an adult critical care unit, a pediatric unit and a maternal/child unit.

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97.04 Carson-Newman University 3 41 Jefferson City TN

Carson-Newman University is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee.  They offer two avenues towards a nursing degree – the traditional BSN degree, which is 8 semesters over 4 years, or the accelerated BSN degree, which is 8 continuous semesters.

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96.98 Carroll University 1 42 Waukesha WI
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96.96 College of Coastal Georgia 3 43 Brunswick GA

College of Coastal Georgia is located in Brunswick, Georgia.  Their nursing department offers an ASN program, a prelicensure BSN program, which is designed for student without an RN license and an RN to BSN program, designed for students already holding their RN license.

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96.94 University of Miami 3 44 Coral Gables FL

University of Miami is located in Coral Gables, Florida.  Their post-graduate programs for nursing are highly awarded by US News & World Report – their doctorate of nursing program is rated #38, while their master’s of nursing is rated #40 in their respective divisions.  For a bachelor’s level of education, they offer a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program, and an RN to BSN program.

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96.83 San Diego State University 5 45 San Diego CA
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96.71 Lander University 2 46 Greenwood SC

Lander University is located in Greenwood, South Carolina.  The William Preston Turner School of Nursing offers a pre-licensure BSN program, an online RN to BSN program and an MSN for Clinical Nurse Leader program.

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96.68 University of Southern Indiana 3 47 Evansville IN

University of Southern Indiana is located in Evansville, Indiana.  They offer a BSN program and a RN to BSN program.  Their nursing programs are unique because they partner with local hospitals and specifically, partner with certain nursing units – Designated Education Units (DEUs).  These DEUs allow students to spend a duration of their clinical practice with the same staff to “ensure consistency with clinical skill progression.”

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96.67 Thomas More College 6 48 Crestview Hills KY
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96.66 Louisiana State University Health-Science Center New Orleans 1 49 New Orleans LA
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96.62 West Texas A & M University 4 50 Canyon TX

West Texas A&M University is located in Canyon, Texas.  They also a BSN program.  They also two options for RNs seeking advanced degrees: an RN to BSN program and an RN to MSN program.  They also offer an LVN to BSN degree option.

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96.54 University of Nevada-Las Vegas 1 51 Las Vegas NV

University of Nevada – Las Vegas is located in Las Vegas, Nevada.  UNLV offers a BSN program as well as various graduate level nursing programs and post-graduate certificates.  They also offer an RN to BSN pathway; if elected, they may take three courses within the MSN program, which would ultimately shorten the graduate pathway by six to nine credits.

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96.53 Missouri State University-Springfield 3 52 Springfield MO

Missouri State University is located in Springfield, Missouri. The division of nursing offers two BSN tracks: a two-year BSN and a four-year BSN. The four-year BSN is akin to most traditional BSN programs. The two-year option is a transfer-friendly program, tailored to those who wish to complete their college career at Missouri State if they’ve already completed college credits. This also applies for those who have already earned an ADN degree or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. Students can enroll into the nursing program twice a year for full-time study.

During the four-year BSN programs, students will be immersed in a traditional college environment whilst still engaging with clinical programs. MSU’s program is community-based, giving students exposure to different local environments in which nurses practice. This provides a valuable overview of the possibilities a nurse’s future may hold. The program is selective, but student-centered, allowing students to receive an education from dedicated faculty members who take a student-centered approach.

MSU’s mission is to prepare graduates who are equipped with the skillset to provide excellent care with a deliberate approach in a multitude of settings. Additionally, there’s an emphasis on communication, critical thinking, and therapeutic nursing intervention skills, as well as the incorporation of a liberal arts core.

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96.52 Thomas Edison State College 1 53 Trenton NJ

Thomas Edison State College is located in Trenton, New Jersey.  They have several degree options; there is a BSN option, an RN to BSN option, an RN to MSN option and an accelerated BSN option (available for students with a prior bachelor’s degree).  Thomas Edison State College has a rolling admission, meaning that students can enter any time of the year and go at their own pace through their chosen program.

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96.52 California State University-Chico 6 53 Chico CA
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96.51 Baylor University 5 54 Waco TX

Baylor University is located in Waco, Texas.  The Louise Herrington School of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate options for nursing students.  They offer a traditional BSN program and a FastBacc BSN program.  The FastBacc program allows a student with a prior bachelor’s degree to earn their BSN degree in 12 months.

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96.48 Tennessee Technological University 4 55 Cookeville TN

Tennessee Technological University is located in Cookeville, Tennessee.  The Whitson-Hester School of Nursing offer a BSN program, an accelerated BSN (ABSN) and an RN to BSN program.  Their RN to BSN program is an online program and is one of the most affordable options available, at $365 per credit hour for in-state tuition and $661 per credit hour for non-resident students.

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96.48 East Carolina University 4 55 Greenville NC

East Carolina University is located in Greenville, North Carolina.  They offer several BSN degree options – a traditional BSN degree, an accelerated BSN degree (for second degree students), an an RN to BSN degree.  East Carolina University has been in existence since 1908, when it broke ground as a teachers training institution.

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96.45 California State University-Sacramento 7 56 Sacramento CA

California State University – Sacramento is located in Sacramento, California.  They offer a variety of BSN programs – a traditiona BSN program, an RN to BSN program and an LVN to RN 30-unit option, non-degree program.  The non-degree program serves the LVN who wants to work as an RN but may not have time to complete an ADN or BSN degree.  On the downside, they do not have a degree after completion and their nursing license may not transfer state-to-state.

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96.44 University of Louisiana at Lafayette 2 57 Lafayette LA
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96.41 Troy University 2 58 Troy AL

Troy University is located in Troy, Alabama.  Their RN to BSN program also offers a pathway for students to enter directly into an MSN program, allowing the nurse to continue to their advanced nursing degree immediately following completion of their BSN degree.  Students can also take the majority of their coursework online.

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96.36 Baldwin Wallace University 3 59 Berea OH

Baldwin Wallace University is located in Berea, Ohio.  BWU offers an accelerated BSN program; this program is offered to students with prior college credits.  Their program is designed to be completed in 12 months, 3 semesters.  It is described as intense and students are advised that they will have little time for working during this timeframe.

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96.36 Simpson University 8 59 Redding CA
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96.30 Lincoln Memorial University 5 60 Harrogate TN

Lincoln Memorial University is located in Harrogate, Tennessee.  They offer a variety of undergraduate options for their nursing students – an ASN program, a BSN program, and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is offered completely online.

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96.27 California State University-San Marcos 9 61 San Marcos CA
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96.21 University of the Incarnate Word 6 62 San Antonio TX
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96.20 Emory University 4 63 Atlanta GA
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96.15 Florida Gulf Coast University 4 64 Fort Myers FL

Florida Gulf Coast University is located in Fort Myers, Florida.  FGCU offers a BSN program.  At this time, they do not offer an RN to BSN program.  RNs may enroll in their program but they must attend the full program along with all other BSN students.  They do offer BSN to DNP , MSN to DNP, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner programs.

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96.04 Sacred Heart University 1 65 Fairfield CT

Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 in Fairfield, CT. SHU is a private Roman Catholic school, and since 1980 they have committed to providing excellent nursing education. Today they offer three CCNE accredited nursing trajectories: a BSN program, an online RN to BSN program, and an online RN to MSN program. The online RN-BSN and RN-MSN programs are designed to be flexible and convenient. These programs offers six start dates each year, allowing students to choose how to balance their coursework with their other commitments.

Those seeking to enroll in the traditional four year program must be first-time full-time undergraduate students who begin the application process during their senior year of high school. SHU fosters a close-knit on-campus community, though they do encourage their nursing students to experience and understand the nursing field globally. Students have the opportunity to participate in clinical field experiences in Guatemala, Antigua, Jamaica, or Kingston, where they will gain hands-on practice as a member of a nursing team. They further offer a nursing leadership course on Sacred Heart’s campus in Dingle, Ireland, allowing students to explore the Irish healthcare system.

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96.04 University of Mississippi Medical Center 5 65 Jackson MS

The University of Mississippi School of Nursing was founded in 1948, and has developed and expanded their offerings ever since. Today, their offerings are extensive. On the Bachelor’s level they offer a BSN, Early-Entry BSN, Accelerated BSN, and an RN-BSN program. On the Master’s level they offer an MSN and Post-Masters, RN-MSN, and RN-MSN Early Entry program. On the Doctoral level they offer a DNP, BSN-DNP, Post-Masters DNP Early Entry, PhD in Nursing, and BSN-PhD.

Their School of Nursing develops nurse leaders through evidence-based practice and research, innovative local partnerships, and unique community-based systems. They believe that nurses should be versatile, knowledgeable, life-long learners who are able to advocate for their patients.

The traditional BSN program admits students annually in the fall, though the RN-BSN admits students for the spring, summer and fall semesters. For master’s programs the application deadlines and enrollment times vary based on program concentration. The University of Mississippi’s nursing program boasts a strong faculty with a diversity of skill and experience, as well as state-of-the-art equipment for their students.

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96.02 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 2 66 Oshkosh WI
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96.00 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 5 67 Chapel Hill NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is located in Chapel  Hill, North Carolina.  UNC offers a bachelor’s degree.  Unique to their program is the RN to MSN option that they offer, in addition to various other graduate and doctoral options.  UNC’s BSN program originated in 1950, and was the first baccalaureate nursing program in North Carolina.  They were also the first to offer an MSN program in North Carolina, in 1955.

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96.00 Bradley University 3 67 Peoria IL

Bradley University was founded in 1897 and is located in Peoria, IL. They offer a BSN degree, as well as on-campus and online graduate programs. BU’s location is amidst a blend of urban and rural landscapes, which in turn exposes nursing students to the various needs within these healthcare facilities and different patient populations. Students enrolled in the BSN program will participate on small clinical teams, gaining hands-on experience and practice.

Bradley University has a significant alumni network, and there are several nursing-specific student organizations, such as the Bradley Nursing Student Association and the Nurses Christian Fellowship. They offer 11 semester hours of credit for qualified LPNs seeking to earn their BSN degree, and RNs may earn up to 66 hours in transfer credit. Studying at Bradley is certainly a valuable choice for students, as it is located in a thriving medical community with several major hospitals and specialized facilities. Nurses are in high demand in Peoria, making it an attractive program to consider.

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95.97 University of Louisiana-Monroe 3 68 Monroe LA
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95.97 Cedar Crest College 5 68 Allentown PA

Cedar Crest College is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  They offer a BSN program and an BSN Completion Program for RNs.  Unique to Cedar Crest College is the School Nurse Certification that is offered; it can be completed on-campus, online  or a combination of the two.  It can be completed in 18 months to 2 years.

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95.91 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health 1 69 Omaha NE

Nebraska Methodist College is located in Omaha, Nebraska.  Their college educates healthcare professionals, from nurses to respiratory therapists to occupational therapists.  Their nursing program is extensive, offering everything from BSN programs to DNP programs.  They offer a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program, an RN to BSN program and an LPN to BSN program.

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95.91 Messiah College 6 69 Mechanicsburg PA
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95.89 Rhode Island College 1 70 Providence RI

Rhode Island College is located in Providence, Rhode Island.  For BSN students, they offer a basic program, an accelerated program for second degree students and an RN to BSN program.  They also offer several post-graduate options for students, after graduating with their BSN.

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95.81 Saint Anthony College of Nursing 4 71 Rockford IL

Saint Anthony College of Nursing is located in Rockford, IL. Their health sciences facility is located on the campus of Rock Valley College, which provides for an interdisciplinary campus and student experience. They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN track. All programs are CCNE accredited. Saint Anthony’s additionally offers high school students the chance to reserve a seat in the BSN program beginning in the fall, two years after high school graduation. Students must take general education and pre-nursing requirements at other institutions before enrolling into the BSN program at Saint Anthony’s.

The RN to BSN program is 18 months long and offers classes during the evening and afternoon, making it possible for RNs to incorporate an academic curriculum into their schedules. The school is owned and operated by OSF HealthCare, and provides nursing education that deeply integrates Christian values and the example of Francis of Assisi. OSF HealthCare has a rich and extensive history for its efforts to care for those in need and saving lives.

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95.78 Florida Southern College 5 72 Lakeland FL
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95.71 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 7 73 University Park PA
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95.67 McNeese State University 4 74 Lake Charles LA
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95.52 Bloomfield College 2 75 Bloomfield NJ

Bloomfield College is located in Bloomfield, New Jersey.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program; the RN to BSN program is an accelerated program that has one day of on-site coursework, with the rest of the work being completed online.  They also offer a certificate in gerontology, which is a six credit certificate that can be completed after a BSN is earned.

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95.49 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 8 76 Mansfield PA
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95.44 Appalachian State University 6 77 Boone NC
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Nursing School Comparison: ADN vs BSN

Compare ADN to BSN Programs Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Bachelor Degree in Nursing  (BSN)
Number of Nursing Programs 1,047 931
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 85.48% 87.22%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 22.50% to 186.10% 42.50% to 100.00%
Average Net Price $9,169.31 $17,218.69
Average Net Price Range $61.00 to $41,243.00 $1,846.00 to $39,975.00
Average Student Loan $8,833.57 $18,429.83
Average Student Loan Range $1,325.00 to $28,333.00 $3,125.00 to $42,625.00
Average Annual Salary $65,470 $71,730
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