Funded primarily or in part by government, public universities provide several benefits for students. Often, public universities are larger, provide more course and degree options and are less expensive than private universities. Nursing students have several public universities to choose from to get a degree. Many of the top-ranked nursing schools in the nation are at public universities, and provide both undergraduate and graduate opportunities.
University of Washington
The University of Washington is ranked the nation's top nursing school by U.S. News and World Report, and has maintained a spot on the magazine's list every year since 1993. UW offers bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing, as well as a Doctor or Nursing Practice and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science. Students are trained in biological sciences and communication skills and are required to complete clinical hours prior to graduation. The school features departments in biobehavioral, psychosocial and family and child nursing. These fields require additional study and a more tailored internship.
University of Washington 1959 NE Pacific St. Seattle, WA 98195 206-543-9686 www.son.washington.edu
Located in South Carolina, Clemson University is a public university founded in 1889. Today, it is ranked among the top nursing colleges in the country, and as a leader in research in the medical field. The school offers three levels of nursing education, an undergraduate RN program, a bachelor's-level nursing degree and a graduate program aimed at those who wish to be professors, specialists or administrators. Students in the nursing school must complete the university's core curriculum as well as a selection of degree-specific courses and electives. The Clinical Learning and Research Center provides human patient simulators, equipped with the technology to simulate rare medical events, improving students' preparation for an increasingly complex industry. Clinical hours are required, and provide students with a supervised environment where they can develop quick decision making and communication skills.
Clemson University 105 Sikes Hall Clemson, SC 29634 864-656-2287 www.clemson.edu
Purdue University offers several paths to a career in nursing. The most popular is the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Students are prepared for the real world through classroom learning, internships and hands-on clinic hours. Graduates find positions in clinic and hospital settings, or as home health care providers. Additionally, licensed registered nurses can enroll in the RN-to-BS program, gaining additional knowledge for a specialty or moving into management. Several master's degrees are available, and post-master's certificates can be earned in pediatric nursing or oncology nursing. The bachelor's and master's programs have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and can lead graduates to careers in the public and private sectors as clinical practitioners, administrators and professors. Purdue also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
Purdue University 475 Stadium Mall Drive West Lafayette, IN 47907 765- 494-1776 www.nursing.purdue.edu
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