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Nation’s Top 100 Colleges and Universities Honored for Overall Quality, Programs, Resources

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has compiled a list of the best colleges and universities with nursing programs for 2017. Of the 50 four-year schools that were ranked, University of Iowa, University of Washington, Drexel University, Duke University and New York University secured the top five institutions. Of the top 50 two-year schools, Barton County Community College, Sinclair College, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Columbus State Community College and Eastern New Mexico University were ranked as the top five.

“Nursing is currently one of the most in-demand careers, and these schools provide a strong educational foundation for those interested in entering the field,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “Each college listed here has shown a demonstrable commitment to their students’ successes.”

To earn a spot on the Best Nursing Schools list, these colleges and universities must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities. Each school is also scored based on such criteria as the average NCLEX pass rate of graduating students, student/teacher ratios, employment services, student resources, loan default rates, graduation rates and financial aid availability.

For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit:

The Best Four-Year Nursing Schools for 2017 include the following:
Allen College
Barry University
Baylor University
Brigham Young University-Provo
Capital University
Case Western Reserve University
Cedar Crest College
Concordia University-Wisconsin
Drexel University
Duke University
Duquesne University
East Carolina University
Emory University
Johns Hopkins University
Loma Linda University
Loyola University Chicago
Maryville University of Saint Louis
New York University
Northeastern University
Ohio Northern University
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Otterbein University
Purdue University-Main Campus
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Saint Louis University
Saint Xavier University
Simmons College
St Catherine University
Temple University
Texas A & M University-College Station
The College of Saint Scholastica
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Miami
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester
University of Scranton
University of Toledo
University of Utah
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Ursuline College
Viterbo University
Washington State University
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Xavier University

The Best Two-Year Nursing Schools for 2017 include the following:
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Austin Community College District
Barton County Community College
Central New Mexico Community College
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Columbus State Community College
Community College of Allegheny County
Cuyahoga Community College
Del Mar College
Des Moines Area Community College
Dodge City Community College
Durham Technical Community College
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus
El Paso Community College
Forsyth Technical Community College
Galveston College
Garden City Community College
Greenville Technical College
Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg
Highland Community College
Houston Community College
Howard College
Hutchinson Community College
Ivy Tech Community College
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Johnson County Community College
Kaskaskia College
Kilgore College
Lakeland Community College
Lone Star College
Lorain County Community College
Madisonville Community College
Maysville Community and Technical College
McLennan Community College
Neosho County Community College
Northeast Community College
Odessa College
Owens Community College
Rend Lake College
Renton Technical College
Rochester Community and Technical College
San Jacinto College
San Juan College
Sinclair College
Spokane Community College
Tyler Junior College
Washington State Community College
West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Nebraska Community College


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