Best Nursing Schools in the Eastern region of the U.S.

Posted by National CPR Association | Medical Education Apr 04, 2017

Looking for a good nursing school? We’ve listed the best of the best in each state!

When you think of the term best in regard to lists or rankings of nursing schools, what does it really mean? Is it the best test scores? The schools graduating the best earners or best known nurses? Or is it the schools offering the best learning opportunities for its students?

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In most cases, the quality of education is the driving factor, however not everyone can afford to go to Johns Hopkins or similar schools. Therefore, we have to take a more practical look at what makes a school the best. In the real world, cost and functionality do matter and the Nurse Journal’s list of America’s Best Nursing Schools & Colleges for 2015 takes that into consideration.

Nurse Journal ranks nursing schools using a methodology that better reflects the factors that the average student has to consider when trying to choose where to go to school.  The rankings are formulated by giving each school a score based on 5 different categories:

– Affordability (35 points)

– Quality (30 points)

– Convenience (25 points)

– Satisfaction (20 points)

– Value (20 points)

These categories are added up to a maximum combined score of 130 points. If you would like further information as to the methodology of arriving at these scores can be seen here.

Location matters! Proximity to home not only plays a role in the decision as to where to attend for most people because of convenience, but also cost as out of state student fees can be ridiculously high. Location cannot be ranked in the above formula because it is so individual, but it does need to be seriously considered as you begin narrowing down your choices as to where to attend.

It is because of this that we have broken down the list to be more useful on a state by state basis. At a later date, we will also do this by region: Eastern, Western and Central.

Here are the best nursing schools in each state of the Eastern Region, along with their corresponding scores from all 5 categories:

 

Alabama

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

– Quality Score: 27.77

– Affordability Score: 25.75

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 16.97

– Value Score: 4.34

– Overall Score: 99.83


Arkansas

Arkansas State University-Main Campus

Jonesboro, AR

– Quality Score: 25.73

– Affordability Score: 28.49

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 15.16

– Value Score: 9.21

– Overall Score: 103.59


Connecticut

Yale University

Orange, CT

– Quality Score: 29.30

– Affordability Score: 22.67

– Convenience Score: 20.00

– Satisfaction Score: 18.03

– Value Score: 6.96

– Overall Score: 96.96


Delaware

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

– Quality Score: 27.66

– Affordability Score: 26.38

– Convenience Score: 20.00

– Satisfaction Score: 17.03

– Value Score: 6.01

– Overall Score: 97.08


Florida

University of Florida

Gainsville, FL

– Quality Score: 28.39

– Affordability Score: 28.46

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 17.73

– Value Score: 8.04

– Overall Score: 107.62


Georgia

Georgia Regents University

Augusta, GA

– Quality Score: 25.26

– Affordability Score: 30.09

– Convenience Score: 20.00

– Satisfaction Score: 14.23

– Value Score: 20.00

– Overall Score: 109.59


Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

– Quality Score: 25.70

– Affordability Score: 25.36

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 14.28

– Value Score: 9.15

– Overall Score: 99.49


Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe, LA

– Quality Score: 26.31

– Affordability Score: 28.92

– Convenience Score: 20.00

– Satisfaction Score: 14.46

– Value Score: 11.55

– Overall Score: 101.24


Maine

Husson University

Bangor, ME

– Quality Score: 25.29

– Affordability Score: 23.77

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 14.06

– Value Score: 4.34

– Overall Score: 92.46


Maryland

Coppin State University

Baltimore, MD

– Quality Score: 22.41

– Affordability Score: 28.77

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 12.82

– Value Score: 8.56

– Overall Score: 97.56


Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, MA

– Quality Score: 27.35

– Affordability Score: 22.07

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 16.71

– Value Score: 4.33

– Overall Score: 95.45


Mississippi

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, MS

– Quality Score: 26.85

– Affordability Score: 28.46

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 15.79

– Value Score: 8.47

– Overall Score: 104.57


New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

– Quality Score: 27.67

– Affordability Score: 21.13

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 16.48

– Value Score: 4.5

– Overall Score: 94.78


New Jersey

Rutgers University-Newark

Newark, NJ

– Quality Score: 27.05

– Affordability Score: 24.35

– Convenience Score: 20.00

– Satisfaction Score: 14.74

– Value Score: 9.82

– Overall Score: 95.96


New York

CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, NY

– Quality Score: 24.08

– Affordability Score: 29.42

– Convenience Score: 20.00

– Satisfaction Score: 15.50

– Value Score: 14.40

– Overall Score: 103.40


North Carolina

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

– Quality Score: 26.60

– Affordability Score: 29.86

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 13.97

– Value Score: 13.99

– Overall Score: 109.42


Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

– Quality Score: 28.10

– Affordability Score: 18.68

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 17.76

– Value Score: 5.10

– Overall Score: 94.64


Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

– Quality Score: 26.83

– Affordability Score: 23.97

– Convenience Score: 20.00

– Satisfaction Score: 15.62

– Value Score: 5.99

– Overall Score: 92.41


South Carolina

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

– Quality Score: 28.44

– Affordability Score: 26.09

– Convenience Score: 20.00

– Satisfaction Score: 17.19

– Value Score: 5.41

– Overall Score: 97.13


Tennessee

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN

– Quality Score: 26.40

– Affordability Score: 27.63

– Convenience Score: 25.00

– Satisfaction Score: 14.45

– Value Score: 8.88

– Overall Score: 102.36


Vermont

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

– Quality Score: 18.80

– Affordability Score: 25

– Convenience Score: 20

– Satisfaction Score: 16.37

– Value Score: 5.24

– Overall Score: 85.41


Virginia

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

Richmond, VA

– Quality Score: 23.00

– Affordability Score: 29.89

– Convenience Score: 15.00

– Satisfaction Score: 12.81

– Value Score: 20.00

– Overall Score: 100.70


West Virginia

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

– Quality Score: 27.85

– Affordability Score: 28.27

– Convenience Score: 20.00

– Satisfaction Score: 15.63

– Value Score: 8.42

Overall Score: 100.17


There are many choices when it comes to nursing schools, but if you live in one of these states, the school listed might be your best bet.

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