Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Nursing Schools of 2012

by Bethanny Parker, NurseJournal.org   

TOP-50-NURSING-BADGE_01We tend to think of nurses as friendly and sociable people, but what about our nursing schools? Do they provide a social environment that engages and attracts prospective and current students?

The staff at NurseJournal.org literally spent countless hours evaluating hundreds of nursing schools to find out which ones have the strongest social media presence. With 2012 coming to a quick close, we’re happy to share our results!

The scores take into account both the number of followers and the amount of activity on the three most popular sites: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as the number of followers on LinkedIn. Activity on Google Plus, Pinterest, and Flickr was also taken into account. The highest possible score for any site was 100 points, with up to 25 points for Facebook, 25 for Twitter, 25 for YouTube, 10 for LinkedIn, 5 for Google Plus, 5 for Pinterest, and 5 for Flickr. We rounded everything to the nearest point.

#1 Chamberlain College of Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove, IL is our all-over winner with an established social media presence on six of the seven social media platforms we evaluated. Chamberlain offers nursing degrees at the associate, bachelor, and master levels.

#2 Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Johns Hopkins offers a variety of nursing possibilities, from a bachelor’s degree to doctoral nursing programs and beyond to post-degree certification and continuing education. You can even get your master’s degree online.

#3 Duke University School of Nursing

Duke University School of Nursing offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing that allows you to get your BSN in 16 months if you already have another degree. They also offer Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degrees, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship.

#4 Yale School of Nursing

Master’s program specialties available at the Yale School of Nursing include nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery, clinical nurse specialist, and nursing management. Yale offers Post Master’s Certificates in six different areas as well as a PhD in nursing.

#5 University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

The UAB School of Nursing is ranked fifth worldwide for its clinical work in medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, health professions, and public health. A few of the programs offered at the school are a PhD in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Accelerated Master’s in Nursing Pathway.

#6 University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing has more than fifteen specialties available in their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

#7 The University of Iowa College of Nursing

The University of Iowa College of Nursing has the #1 programs in the nation for gerontology and nursing service administration, as well as top 10 rankings for anesthesia, pediatric nurse practitioner, and the MS in Nursing.

#8 Kent State University College of Nursing

Kent State’s expert faculty is dedicated to helping all students reach their full potential, whether they’re studying for an associate’s degree or a PhD.

#9 University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

In addition to associate, bachelor, master, and PhD programs, the University of Texas offers an associate to bachelor program (AND-BSN) and an alternate entry Doctor of Philosphy (AE-PhD) program.

#10 Columbia University School of Nursing

Columbia offers a combined BS/MS degree for students with a non-nursing BS degree. Their MS degree offers the following specialties: acute nurse care practitioner, adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nurse anesthesia, nurse midwifery, pediatric nurse, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and women’s health nurse practitioner.

#11 The University of Arizona College of Nursing

Whether you’re headed toward a career in nursing, healthcare administration, public health policy, advanced practice nursing, nursing education, or nursing research, the University of Arizona College of Nursing has the right program to make it happen.

#12 Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University

The Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing is a Christian college with a quality nursing program that turns out competent and caring graduates who are committed to service and life-long learning.

#13 Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Beth-El College offers an assortment of bachelor, master, and doctoral programs, including three that can be completed 100% online: Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Practitioner Option, Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education Option, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

#14 University of South Carolina College of Nursing

At the University of South Carolina College of Nursing, you’ll get a top-notch education whether you’re learning in the classroom or in a traditional clinical setting. You’ll also get hands-on training in the world class simulation lab.

#15 Washington State University College of Nursing

Washington State University claims a history of excellence, from its beginnings as the first nursing consortium in the nation to its current course offerings, which have expanded to include master’s and doctorate degrees. The first-time passage rate for WSU students who take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is one of the highest in the nation.

#16 Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies

Georgetown’s School of Nursing & Health Studies provides a student-centered education in accordance with the Jesuit tradition. The school is divided into four departments: Health Systems Administration, Human Science, International Health, and the Department of Nursing.

#17 Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Nursing offers a direct entry program as well as an online RN-to-BSN program, an online Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program, and an online Nursing Administration (MS) program.

#18 Ohio State University College of Nursing

In its Master’s program, the Ohio State University College of Nursing offers five specialties: Nursing Science, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing and Health System Management.

#19 University of Washington School of Nursing

The University of Washington School of Nursing places a strong emphasis on research to address the most pressing challenges in health care. UW offers six degree programs with a variety of specialties as well as continuing education opportunities.

#20 Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

The Nell Hodgson Woodson School of Nursing attracts nursing students who want to learn the most innovation patient care techniques from a staff that is constantly working to discover new methods to advance the nursing profession.

#21 DePaul University College of Science and Health School of Nursing

DePaul offers a Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice (MS) degree and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Advanced practice certificates in Adult Nursing and Family Nursing are also available.

#22 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

The UNC School of Nursing offers a BSN program, MSN with specialties in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Primary Care, Health Care Systems, and Psychiatric/Mental Health. The school also offers post-master’s certification as well as a doctoral program.

#23 University of California San Francisco School of Nursing

The UCSF School of Nursing is dedicated to excellence: educational excellence, research excellence, and patient care excellence. In five of the last eight years, the school has been ranked #1 by the NIH for the amount of research funding it receives.

#24 University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee College of Nursing

The University of Wisconsin offers BS, MN, DNP, and PhD degrees. This school is ranked in the top 10% by U.S. News & World Report.

#25 Kaplan University School Of Nursing

Kaplan University has the nursing programs you need whether you are just getting started in your education or are interested in pursuing an advanced degree to further your career. With programs focusing on administration, patient care, and even teaching, Kaplan can provide the education and support you need regardless of what direction your career takes.

#26 UMass Amherst School of Nursing

The University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing has been a leading educator of nursing students for almost 60 years, training nurses, nurse educators, and researchers for successful and fulfilling careers.

#27 University of South Florida Health College of Nursing

The USF Health College of Nursing focuses on innovation, engagement, and integrity. Its mission is to transform lives by transforming healthcare. The school strives to be recognized for its cutting-edge programs for training tomorrow’s nurses and for its innovative research programs.

#28 University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing

The University of Illinois offers BSN, MS, GEP, DNP, and PhD programs in five locations: Chicago, Rockford, Peoria, Urbana, and the Quad Cities. Regardless of the degree or campus you choose, you’ll receive quality instruction from some of the best nursing educators in the country.

#29 Seattle University College of Nursing

The nursing programs at Seattle University are grounded in the Jesuit tradition, which encompasses academic excellence, ethics, service, and personal and spiritual growth.

#30 University of Maryland School of Nursing

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is a leader in public service, health sciences research, and patient care. Its nursing programs are conducted in a research-intensive environment with a focus on providing a high-quality for all students.

#31 University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is ranked #7 among “America’s Best Graduate Schools” by the US News & World Report and #5 by the NIH for the amount of research funding granted. 94% of its BSN students pass their NCLEX licensure test on the first try.

#32 University of Kansas Medical Center School of Nursing

More than 8,000 students have graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center School of Nursing since it opened in 1905. The school manages a safety net clinic, the Silver City Health Center, in cooperation with the University of Kansas School of Health Professions. The clinic is run by nurses and provides primary care for Kansas City residents who are uninsured or underinsured.

#33 Duquesne University School of Nursing

Duquesne University offers a community-focused nursing education that incorporates high-tech simulation training. International opportunities are available for students who want to learn about global health issues through first-hand experience.

#34 New York University College of Nursing

The New York University College of Nursing has a research-oriented mission and is currently ranked #8 by the National Institute of Health (NIH) for research funding. The school offers BS, MS, DNP, and PhD programs in nursing.

#35 University of Michigan School of Nursing

The University of Michigan School of Nursing offers twelve master’s programs with two additional concentration options, traditional and accelerated BSN programs, post-master’s certification, and doctoral programs.

#36 Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation

ASU offers nursing degrees at every level, along with post-graduate programs and continuing education. Many of its programs are available online or in a hybrid format with some courses being completed online while others require a trip to campus.

#37 Queens University of Charlotte Presbyterian School of Nursing

The Presbyterian School of Nursing has over 100 years of experience providing nursing education to students. The school offers ASN, BSN, and MSN degree programs in a dynamic learning environment that prepares nurses to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.

#38 University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences focuses on clinical training. The BSN program prepares students for entry level nursing position. Graduates are eligible to be licensed as registered nurses upon completion of an exam.

#39 University of Virginia School of Nursing

The University of Virginia School of Nursing offers small classes and hands-on experience to cultivate the next generation of compassionate caregivers, researchers, and practitioners. Its UVA Medical Center is one of the nation’s top hospitals.

#40 Georgia Health Sciences University College of Nursing

The College of Nursing at Georgia State University offers a BSN; MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Anesthesia specialties; post-master’s certificates, DNP, DNP-Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing/CNS, and PhD in Nursing.

#41 University of Massachusetts Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences combines clinical practice and educational innovation in its nursing degree programs. In addition to undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, the school provides professional development certification for clinical nurse specialists, nurse educators, and nurse practitioners.

#42 California State University, Fullerton School of Nursing

The School of Nursing at California State University, Fullerton strives to provide quality nursing education to students in order to fully prepare them to provide competent care and instill in them a commitment to personal and professional growth through lifetime learning.

#43 University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing is part of a Tier 1 research university and is the only school in South Texas that offers doctorate nursing degrees.

#44 Michigan State University College of Nursing

Michigan State University just completed a new research facility, the Bott Building, which is connected to the College of Nursing by a bridge and will help the school expand its nursing programs by providing additional research and teaching space.

#45 Utica College School of Health Professions and Education

Utica College offers a traditional BSN and an RN to BS program. The nursing program requires 127 credit hours, 59 of which are nursing courses. The rest are general education courses, electives, and prerequisites.

#46 The University of Akron School of Nursing

An undergraduate degree from the University of Akron School of Nursing will prepare you to start your career as a nurse in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or health department. The school also provides graduate programs for nurses who wish to pursue leadership roles.

#47 Wayne State University College of Nursing

Wayne State offers a world-class education that provides clinical and research opportunities. Students train in a state-of-the-art facility to prepare for their nursing careers.

#48 Villanova University College of Nursing

Villanova offers a BSN program for new college students as well as second degree options for transfer students and those who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in another field. In addition, students who already have their bachelor’s degrees can pursue their master’s, post-master’s, DNP, or PhD.

#49 University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing

The UT Arlington College of Nursing offers a full range of nursing degrees, from BSN to PhD. The school makes use of the latest technologies to improve students’ experience both in the classroom and in clinical settings.

#50 Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

Drexel University provides opportunities for nursing students to develop their research, teaching, and evidence-based practice skills through its innovative nursing education programs.

Don’t see your school on the list? Then you’ve got some work to do! Social media has become ingrained in our society, especially among young people. Today’s high school students use social media to find out more about the schools they are interested in before they apply. If you want to get these students’ attention, you need to have a solid social media presence—and make sure you’re ready to engage them when they stop by.

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Bethanny Parker
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