The best private nursing schools offer graduate, undergraduate, and accelerated programs. Their clinical facilities include world-renowned hospitals and medical centers, and their programs enjoy a reputation for nursing research and leadership as well as for quality education. Below are three of the best private nursing schools.
U.S. News and World Report ranks the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing first in graduate programs for nursing in a tie with the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia and the University of Washington in Seattle. They also rank Johns Hopkins as number one in Community/Public Health Nursing. In addition, the National Research Council ranks this school among the top U.S. doctoral programs in nursing.
Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins is located in Baltimore, Maryland. Students gain clinical experience at world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital. This school offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs. The baccalaureate program contains four different tracks. Students with a baccalaureate degree in another field can enter the 13-month Summer Entry Accelerated Program or the 17-month Fall Entry Accelerated Program. Johns Hopkins also offers a BSN to MSN track, and an accelerated BSN to MSN track with a paid one-year clinical residency. In addition, the school offers thirteen MSN programs, including an MSN to PhD program. It also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Doctor of Nursing Philosophy program.
U.S. News and World Report also ranks The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing number one in graduate programs for nursing. Founded in 1749, this university is the only school that offers an Ivy League undergraduate nursing education. Students gain clinical experience in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, their training includes the use of state-of-the-art simulation labs with mannequins that respond as patients would.
This school offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs in nursing. Students with baccalaureate degrees in other fields can choose from three BSN programsm including the BSN Second Degree program, the BSN/MSN program, and the Hillman Scholars in Nursing Innovation BSN/PhD program. Graduate students can choose from 18 masters programs, including 11 nurse practitioner programs. The school’s doctoral program prepares nurse scientists for careers in research-intensive environments.
U.S. News and World Report ranks the Duke University School of Nursing seventh among top nursing graduate schools. This university's nursing students gain clinical experience at the internationally famous Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Duke University School of Nursing offers several unique programs, including a doctorate in nursing practice and a masters program in clinical research management. They also offer an accelerated BSN program for students with baccalaureate degrees in another field. Their nurse practitioner programs include adult acute care, acute cardiovascular care, adult primary care, family, gerontological, oncology adult, pediatric acute care, pediatric primary care, and neonatal. Duke also offers a nurse anesthesia program and a certificate in nursing informatics.
Your nursing school choice is an important decision. Clinical opportunities, faculty and academic reputation, and emphasis on research and graduate education are important factors to consider. If you want to attend a private school, you can’t go wrong with any of the best private nursing schools listed above.