Undergraduate nursing programs prepare students for professional roles as nurse practitioners. While less concentrated and less research oriented than more particular fields of medical study, nursing programs provide a broad range of instruction spanning the gamut of emergency medical care, conventional medical testing, assisted medication and post-operation procedure. "U.S. News & World Report" magazine releases rankings of the top undergraduate nursing programs annually, including the Universities listed below in Resources..

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing offers two undergraduate programs in nursing: a Nursing and Health Care Management program and a Nursing Undergraduate Program. The school's Nursing and Health Care Management program is delineated into seven topics of study over a four- to five-year plan. These include surveys of nursing science and clinical nursing as well as a senior research course pertaining to healthcare case studies. The school's nursing program is broken down into four particular concentrations; health communication, global health care, nutrition and health services.

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Claire M. Fagin Hall 418 Curie Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-898-8281 nursing.upenn.edu

Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing

The Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree path features a core curriculum of liberal arts courses complemented by surveys of nursing and social sciences. BC's undergraduate nursing program combines classroom research analysis with clinical observation and experience. Much of the program's hands-on lab work is completed at the college's Nursing Simulation Laboratory. Program graduates are eligible to partake in the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing 140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-552-4250 bc.edu/schools/son

University of Washington School of Nursing

The University of Washington's Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program can be completed in as little as two years. The program stresses the social and cultural importance of nursing through a variety of courses stressing patient advocacy, health promotion and clinical decision making. With an emphasis on critical thinking and interpersonal communication, program graduates are instilled with communication and evaluation skills that will allow them to become proactive and productive members of the medical community. The school's clinical programs are conducted in a variety of Seattle area hospitals, providing for hands-on experience.

University of Washington School of Nursing 1959 NE Pacific Street Seattle, WA 98195 206-543-8736 son.washington.edu

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