Nursing is a demanding and rewarding profession. Becoming a good nurse requires years of experience, and that experience begins with a quality education. The best nursing programs balance academics with exposure to cutting edge research and training facilities, and allow student nurses the opportunity to work in the best hospitals in the country.
University of Washington
The University of Washington’s School of Nursing has been educating nurses for more than 80 years, with the department of nursing offering the Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1923. The School of Nursing was established as an independent school in 1945. For the last 16 years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked this school the number one nursing school in the country.
PO Box 357260 Seattle, WA 98195 206-543-8736 son.washington.edu
University of Pittsburgh
The School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh was established in 1939. Over its 65-year history, the University's School of Nursing has prided itself on graduating some of the best-trained nurses in the country. The school consistently ranks in the top ten among the nation's nursing programs and is number six in NIH research grants for nursing.
School of Nursing Victoria Building Pittsburgh, PA 15261 412-624-4586 nursing.pitt.edu
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania offers student nurses access to state-of-the-art facilities including one of the first elderly care practices and a mannequin simulation lab. In addition, students benefit from clinical experience at the University’s own hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — two of the best hospitals in the nation.
School of Nursing 420 Guardian Drive Philadelphia, PA 19104-6096 215-898-8281 nursing.upenn.edu
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University began training nurses in 1889 and established the School of Nursing in 1983. The school moved to its current location, the state-of-the-art Anne M. Pinkard Building, in 1998. The school consistently ranks near the top in academic standards and NIH funding.
525 N. Wolfe Street Baltimore, MD 21205-2100 410-955-7548 son.jhmi.edu
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan began training nurses on its Ann Arbor campus in 1893, and fully established the School of Nursing in 1941. Today, the school offers three undergraduate programs in nursing and ranks among the top five nursing school in the U.S.
400 N. Ingalls Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0482 734-763-5985 nursing.umich.edu
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
The School of Nursing at UNC Chapel Hill was established in 1950 and was the first baccalaureate program in nursing offered in North Carolina. The school currently graduates 200 new nurses annually. UNC Chapel Hill ranks in the top 10 nursing schools in academics and number four in NIH funding.
Carrington Hall CB #7460 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460 919-966-4260 nursing.unc.edu
Oregon Health and Science University
The School of Nursing at Oregon Health and Science University was established in 1910 and has, since that time, been committed to the professional development of nurses in a nurturing setting. The school operates on five campuses, located in Ashland, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Monmouth and Portland, and ranks as one of the top recipients of grant money from the NIH.
School of Nursing 3455 S.W. U.S. Veterans Hospital Road Portland, OR 97239-2941 503-494-7725 ohsu.edu/son
University of Illinois – Chicago
The University of Illinois has been formally training nurses since 1873. However, it took nearly 70 years to establish the College of Nursing as an independent entity, establishing the School of Nursing in 1954. In 1986, the school was designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery. The school is ranked third for NIH funding for nursing and is currently ranked in the top ten nursing schools by U.S. News and World Report.
College of Nursing 845 South Damen Avenue MC 802 Chicago, IL 60612 312-996-7800 uic.edu/nursing
University of Maryland – Baltimore
The University of Maryland in Baltimore established the School of Nursing in 1889. It remains the largest nursing college in Maryland and one of the largest in the country. The college enrolls more than 1800 students with 697 students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program. The School of Nursing is responsible for training 40 percent of the nurses working in Maryland's hospitals.
School of Nursing Suite 516 Baltimore, MD 21201-1579 410-706-3147 nursing.umaryland.edu
John C. Erianne is the publisher and editor of "Devil Blossoms," "The 13th Warrior Review" and "Gnome." His writing has appeared in numerous publications over the last 25 years, including "The Adirondack Review," "Blue Collar Review," "Yellow Mama" and "Gutter Eloquence." He graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in creative writing.