Top 50 Registered Nursing Programs By State

by NurseJournal Staff

Registered nursing students have become coveted by the United States as they face a rising shortage in nurses. Find the best RN program in your state.

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In recent years registered nursing students have become coveted by the United States as they face a rising shortage in nurses, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in many years. This is particularly true in highly rural regions where medical assistance can get quite scarce. Although there is a shortage in many areas there is also a high potential for earning as the Bureau of Labor Statistics proposes a 7% growth between 2019 and 2029, with a median pay rate of $75,330.

In order to earn more, registered nurses should obtain a higher educational degree than the minimum requirement for licensure, which is normally an associate degree, although in some cases a 3 year hospital training diploma may be earned.

For a list of the top RN degrees by state, read on below.

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Alabama - University of West Alabama View School Profile Livingston, AL

School Site: The University of West Alabama
Campus Location: Livingston, Alabama
Program(s): Associate in Science in Nursing

Alaska - University of Alaska-Anchorage View School Profile Anchorage, AK

School Site: University of Alaska Anchorage – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Program(s): Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

Arizona - University of Arizona View School Profile Tucson, AZ

School Site: University of Arizona – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Tucson, Arizona
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master’s Entry to The Profession of Nursing

Arkansas - University of Arkansas View School Profile Fayetteville, AR

School Site: University of Arkansas – College of Education and Health Professions
Campus Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N.

California - University of California-San Francisco View School Profile San Francisco, CA

School Site: University of California San Francisco – School of Nursing
Campus Location: San Francisco, California
Program(s): Master of Science in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing to Masters Pathway Program

Colorado - University of Colorado View School Profile Aurora, CO

School Site: University of Colorado – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Aurora, Colorado
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Colorado Accelerated Nursing Degree

Connecticut - Southern Connecticut University View School Profile New Haven, CT

School Site: Southern Connecticut University
Campus Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Delaware - University of Delaware View School Profile Newark, DE

School Site: University of Delaware – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Newark, Delaware
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Florida - University of Florida View School Profile Gainesville, FL

School Site: University of Florida – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Gainesville, FL
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Georgia - Georgia State University View School Profile Atlanta, GA

School Site: Georgia State University – School of Nursing and Health Professionals
Campus Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Bridge Program

Hawaii - University of Hawaii at Manoa View School Profile Honolulu, HI

School Site: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Campus Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master’s Entry Program in Nursing

Idaho - daho State University View School Profile Pocatello, ID

School Site: Idaho State University – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Pocatello, Idaho
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Baccalaureate Completion Program

Illinois - University of Illinois at Chicago View School Profile Chicago, IL

School Site: University of Illinois at Chicago
Campus Location: Chicago, Illinois
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

IIndiana - ndiana University-Bloomington View School Profile Bloomington, IN

School Site: Indiana University Bloomington School of Nursing
Campus Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

Iowa - University of Iowa View School Profile Iowa City, IA

School Site: University of Iowa – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kansas - University of Kansas View School Profile Kansas City, KS

School Site: University of Kansas – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kentucky - University of Kentucky View School Profile Lexington, KY

School Site: University of Kentucky – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Second Degree BSN, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Louisiana - Southeastern Louisiana University View School Profile Hammond, LA

School Site: Southeastern Louisiana University
Campus Location: Hammond, Louisiana
Program(s): Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Option

Maine - University of Maine View School Profile Orono, ME

School Site: University of Maine – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Orono, Maine
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse Studies Program

Maryland - University of Maryland View School Profile Baltimore, MD

School Site: University of Maryland – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Massachusetts - University of Massachusetts-Amherst View School Profile Amherst, MA

School Site: University of Massachusetts Amherst – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science, Accelerated Second Degree Option

Michigan - University of Michigan View School Profile Ann Arbor, MI

School Site: University of Michigan – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Second Career

Minnesota - University of Minnesota View School Profile Minneapolis, MN

School Site: University of Minnesota – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master in Nursing

Mississippi - University of Mississippi View School Profile Jackson, MS

School Site: University of Mississippi Medical Center – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

Missouri - University of Missouri-Kansas City View School Profile Kansas City, MO

School Site: University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies
Campus Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Program(s): Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Health Sciences

Montana - Montana State University View School Profile Bozeman, MT

School Site: Montana State University – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Bozeman, Montana
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

Nebraska - Creighton University View School Profile Omaha, NE

School Site: Creighton University – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

Nevada - Nevada State College View School Profile Henderson, NV

School Site: Nevada State College – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Henderson, Nevada
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Part-Time BSN, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

New Hampshire - Saint Anselm College View School Profile Manchester, NH

School Site: Saint Anselm College
Campus Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Nursing Continuing Education

New Jersey - Rutgers University View School Profile Newark, NJ

School Site: Rutgers College of Nursing
Campus Location: Newark, New Jersey
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Second BSN, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

New Mexico - University of New Mexico View School Profile Albuquerque, NM

School Site: University of New Mexico – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

New York - New York University View School Profile New York, NY

School Site: New York University – College of Nursing
Campus Location: New York, New York
Program(s): Associate Degree in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing and Bachelor in Another Field, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

North Carolina - University of North Carolina-Wilmington View School Profile Wilmington, NC

School Site: University of North Carolina Wilmington – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Wilmington, North Carolina
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research, Master of Science in Nursing

North Dakota - University of North Dakota View School Profile Grand Forks, ND

School Site: University of North Dakota Nursing and Professional Disciplines
Campus Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

Ohio - Ohio University View School Profile Athens, OH

School Site: Ohio University – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Athens, Ohio
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Oklahoma - University of Oklahoma View School Profile Oklahoma City, OK

School Site: University of Oklahoma – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Licensed Practical Nurse to BSN, Registered Nurse to BSN

Oregon - Western Oregon University View School Profile Monmouth, OR

School Site: Western Oregon University – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Monmouth, Oregon
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania State University View School Profile University Park, PA

School Site: Penn State College of Nursing
Campus Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
Program(s): Associate of Science to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Second Degree BSN, Registered Nurse to BSN

Rhode Island - University of Rhode Island View School Profile Kingston, RI

School Site: University of Rhode Island – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Kingston, Rhode Island
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

South Carolina - University of South Carolina View School Profile Columbia, SC

School Site: University of South Carolina – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

South Dakota - South Dakota State University View School Profile Brookings, SD

School Site: South Dakota State University – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Brookings, South Dakota
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Tennessee - University of Tennessee-Knoxville View School Profile Knoxville, TN

School Site: The University of Tennessee Knoxville – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Texas - The University of Texas at Austin View School Profile Austin, TX

School Site: The University of Texas at Austin – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Austin, Texas
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate Degree to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing

Utah - University of Utah View School Profile Salt Lake City, UT

School Site: University of Utah – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Vermont - University of Vermont View School Profile Burlington, VT

School Site: University of Vermont – College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Campus Location: Burlington, Vermont
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

Virginia - University of Virginia View School Profile Wise, VA

School Site: The University of Virginia
Campus Location: Wise, Virginia
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

Washington - Washington State University View School Profile Spokane, WA

School Site: Washington State University – College of Nursing
Campus Location: Spokane, Washington
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

West Virginia - West Virginia University View School Profile Morgantown, WV

School Site: West Virginia University – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science or Arts to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin-Madison View School Profile Madison, WI

School Site: University of Wisconsin Madison – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

Wyoming - University of Wyoming View School Profile Laramie, WY

School Site: University of Wyoming – School of Nursing
Campus Location: Laramie, Wyoming
Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor’s Reach for Accelerated Nursing Degree, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing.

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