If you are considering pursuing a graduate degree in nursing, then here are the best graduate nursing schools in the United States. By earning a Master's degree, nurse practitioners and clinical nursing specialists are equipped to perform a broader range of health care services and may also go deeper into their training in a specific field of nursing. The nursing school rankings were assembled by "US News and World Report" by conducting surveys sent to accredited nursing school deans, administrators, and faculty. They were asked to evaluate the various schools on a five point scale and the ranking is based on the schools that attained the highest point totals.
The number one ranking is shared by three schools: Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Washington. Johns Hopkins is located in Baltimore and offers a Master of Science in Nursing which prepares nurses for advanced practice or management of healthcare delivery systems. The various programs take 18 to 24 months to complete and require 36 to 67 credits as well as clinical hours totaling four times the number of credit hours. A number of different fields of study are offered including adult primary care, adult acute critical care, family primary care, pediatric primary care, clinical nurse specialist, women's health clinical nurse specialist, health systems management, and public health nursing. Joint programs are offered with the business school and the school of public health in which joint degrees are awarded. Tuition for a complete 13 month program is $64,080. With fees, room and board, and other expenses added in, the full estimated cost is $98,246. The school also offers doctoral programs for students wishing to teach or become a scientific researcher.
The University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, offers a unique experience in the graduate nursing program. It has a state of the art laboratory with mannequins responding just as patients would. The school is affiliated with two of the best hospitals in the country, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A full range of graduate study courses is offered in specific care areas, advanced practice specialist programs, health care administration, and the care of minors. In all 18 different masters programs are offered and students can pursue joint degrees with other graduate and professional schools at Penn. Doctoral programs are offered as well.
The University of Washington offers graduate masters and doctoral level education in fields including advanced practice forensic nurse specialist, independent master of nursing, clinical informatics and patient centered technologies, clinical nurse specialist, adult nurse practitioner, complementary and alternative medicine, infectious disease and infection control nursing, and nurse educator. Over all there are 15 different specialty areas which can be studied either part or full time. The school has a significant research faculty and has local and global strategic partnerships to offer an extensive and diverse field experience to students. Located in Seattle, the school takes advantage of being in a gateway city to Asia and the far east. Substantial financial aid is offered to qualified applicants.