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What are good colleges for nursing?

I'm in 11th grade and I want to know what are good colleges for nursing so i can apply for next year.

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Paul’s Answer

Here are some the better nursing colleges in your region.


It is always best to try and stay in state to keep tuition costs down.
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Ashley,

There are different types of Nurses - RN (Registered Nurse), LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), etc. There are different avenues for Nurses to serve - Emergency Room (ER), Pediatric, Floor, etc. My Mother retired as a Registered Nurse (RN). She was a head RN who looked after patients on the regular floors of the hospital.

RN designation is earned by attending and graduating from a 4 year college program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. LPN and CNA designations can be earned by attending a 2 year college or vocational program. RNs administer patient medications, treatments and medical and educational advice and information to the patients. Whereas, LPNs and CNAs provide basic nursing care and comfortability to the patient. CNAs work under the supervision of the RNs and LPNs. Travel Nurses will go to different cities and different states to serve in hospitals and medical facilities.

According to Johnson and Johnson, here is a link for Nursing Specialties:

While in high school, one will need to focus on science and math classes to prepare for a nursing career. Physics, chemistry and biology will be the core science courses. For math, algebra, geometry and statistics will be needed. Both concentrations will enable you to focus and refine your analytical skills for research; complex problem solving; investigative and innovative critical thinking; attention to detail; etc.

Other skills that will need to be built upon center around team building, team work and communication. In any work culture, collaboration among team members, staff and partner departments occur on a daily basis. As a nurse, communication is essential and critical when dealing with patients, medical personnel and other hospital staff. A college course in public speaking, communications and English will help with one's communication and writing skills. While in high school, the debate team will provide the opportunity to sharpen communication skills which are backed with research and factual data and information.

A Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing will concentrate more on math and science courses. This will be earned at a college or university for a duration of four years. Clinical experience is gained while in nursing school at a college or university. Physiology, psychology and anatomy are some additional college courses that are required for one to take to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

Here are the Top 10 Best Nursing Schools of 2023 per

- Duke University
- Georgetown University
- Johns Hopkins University
- New York University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Michigan
- University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)
- University of Washington
- Emory University
- University of Maryland

U.S. News & World Report has additional college listings for the best schools for a Master Degree in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice:

When reviewing colleges and universities, it is best to check the following:

- In-State vs Out of State Tuition
- Internships
- Scholarships
- Career Placement upon graduation
- Course work and offered classes
- Post-Graduate Degrees - Master and Doctoral

Scholarship applications can start to be submitted during your Junior year and will continue throughout your Senior year in high school. It is best to ask your Academic Advisor/School Counselor on the timeline process as well. Scholarship applications will have specific deadlines and requirements to meet in order to be submitted for review and consideration.

You may want to start to compile your resume/portfolio since a majority of scholarship applications will require academic grade point average (GPA), academic accomplishments, school activities (clubs, sports, etc.), community involvement (volunteer, church, etc.), academic and personal recommendations, etc. There may be essay requirements on why you are a qualified candidate to receive the scholarship, what your future goals are academically and professionally and other questions centering around who you are, your beliefs, etc.

Here are a couple of links for College Scholarships:

Also, it will be best to check with the colleges and universities that you will be applying to. You can check with the School/Department of your desired major, the Campus Career Center and the Register's Office for additional information for college scholarships and grants and specific requirements for qualifications.

Best wishes for your education and career path in Nursing!
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Ashley !

The best way to find a good college for nursing is to determine one that will provide you with your needs. You must first determine if you can move to study or if you want a close-by school. Then it will take a bit of reading various college websites and comparing their nursing programs. You should also consider cost and what will be reasonable based on your budget.

There are some top notch nursing schools right in your state. I have provided a link below to the website Your Guide to Nursing and
Healthcare Education which has a link of nursing schools in New York. Do a bit of reading up on these schools and if you plan to go away for college, start looking at out of state schools also. You can compare their programs, tuition, admission requirements and see photos of the campuses on the individual school websites.

All nursing schools must meet standard state and other requirements, so it probably won't be difficult to find a quality school. Explore all your options and choose a school that you believe will be the good one for you !

Best wishes in school and for an exciting college experience in the Nursing field !

Michelle recommends the following next steps: GUIDE TO NURSING SCHOOLS
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Kim’s Answer

I am not sure what area you are located but one of the most important things is to make sure they have accreditation. There are so many nursing school that pop up overnight but have no accreditation. This means that it is harder for you to go on with your education if you want to in the future. Best of luck, I have been a nurse for 23 years and I am very grateful for my education.
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Hany’s Answer

In 2020, the World Health Organization declared that it was the year of the nurse. The WHO then spent the year acknowledging and honoring the hard, necessary work that nurses devote their lives to, from bringing babies into the world to providing end-of-life care and everything in between. It also used the honor as a reminder that the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives to achieve universal health care within the next 10 years.

In the United States alone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be an additional 175,900 job openings for registered nurses over the next decade, for a total of 7% growth. It also reports that nurses who hold a BSN, or Bachelor of Science in nursing, will have better employment prospects than those who have lesser certifications. Luckily, there are thousands of colleges around the country that have certified nursing programs, giving students plenty of choice.

However, these programs aren’t all created equal. Among other things, some schools offer more clinical opportunities, have higher NCLEX pass rates, and report better job placement rates than others. So how do you narrow down the best options? used data from Niche’s 2021 Best Colleges for Nursing in America report to compile a list of the best 50 colleges for aspiring nursing students. The colleges are ranked based on Niche’s internal ranking and scoring system. The ranking takes into consideration graduation rates; SAT/ACT scores; how popular the nursing program is among students in each college; and reviews from nursing students and alumni about the academic, financial, and student life experiences at each school.
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