Your #1 Guide to Registered Nursing Degrees and Careers

From your potential earnings to selecting the right nursing school, our RN Career Guides give prospective nursing students a much-needed compass for their first or next chapter in their nursing careers. Our MBA Guides cover both campus and online nursing programs and provides a wealth of information for aspiring nursing professions at all stages of their career. Our editorial team of nurse educators, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and practical nurses explain how to choose the perfect program for you, provide the data and information we wish we had when searching for and applying to our nursing program. We provide 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 Awards for Best-Ranked Nursing Programs
2019 Best Ranked 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.

2019 Best Nursing Schools by State

In addition to ranking nursing school nationally, we provide state-by-state rankings. This is important for two reasons. Most students will choose a nursing program within the state they live. Secondly, sates do not report NCLEX rankings in the same way. For instance, some state boards of nursing do not provide the number of students taking the NCLEX test each year, and each state reports their NCLEX passing rates at different times of the year.

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Go Beyond an RN Career
Explore These High Paying, In-Demand Nursing Degrees

Becoming a nurse can offer you a lifetime of opportunities. You never have to worry about being stuck in a career specialty you don’t like because you will always have the flexibility to change it up — something not everyone can say about their profession. You can specialize, become a clinical nurse specialist, a nursing administrator, nurse educator, conduct research, become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and more. Check out some of our most popular guides to see the possibilities yourself:

Nursing School Scorecard

By aggregating information from 1,050 ADN and 921 BSN accredited nursing schools and combining the school data with 100,000 data points, prospective nursing students the data they need to make a sound decision about the best nursing school to attend. RNCareers.org empowers prospective nursing students with real-time information taken from the sources – the institutions themselves and the U.S. Department of Education. We pride ourselves on providing the most accurate up-to-date information about nursing programs.

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 1,050 921
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 85.48% 626.49%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 22.50% to 186.10% 42.50% to 26,647.44%
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
See Additional Detail Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Programs Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN)

 

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