Top RN Schools
1. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
The School of Nursing @ Johns Hopkins University, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest nursing colleges in Maryland and the nation. Florence Nightingale helped plan its original curriculum. It consistently ranks among top nursing schools by “Nursing Magazine” and “U.S. News & World Report." The excellence of the clinical education it provides for students is paralleled by the high quality of its research: In 2018, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing received more than $12 million in grants, and Hopkins Nursing was one of the highest recipients of research funding from the National Institutes of Health. It is also the only nursing school in the U.S. to offer a concurrent doctorate in nursing practice/PhD dual degree program. It partners with schools in Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, Haiti and other countries through its Center for Global Initiatives.
2. University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland’s School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is known for educating nursing professionals who can rise to the challenges of 21st century nursing. The school received nearly $5 million in NIH grant funding in 2017 and nearly $4 million from the Maryland Higher Education Commission; it is affiliated with several health policy initiatives such as the Maryland Action Coalition and Students United for Policy, Education and Research, so you’ll have the opportunity to develop your health advocacy skills.
3. Salisbury University, Salisbury
Salisbury University’s undergraduate nursing students have the highest pass rate for the registered nurse licensing exam of any educational institution in Maryland. The school, part of the College of Health and Human Services, offers a solid grounding in academic coursework that will prepare you to excel in your career. You’ll have numerous opportunities to participate in local community health initiatives, too. The nursing school is part of the University's College of Health and Human Services, which also houses the School of Social Work as well as programs that train students for careers in respiratory therapy, medical laboratory science and other ancillary health care roles. Additionally, the school partners with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in its initiative to educate students from different disciplines through interprofessional instruction.
4. Towson University, Towson
For the September 29, 2013 issue of “ U.S. News & World Report ,” Towson University was ranked as one of the best regional colleges in the North and one of the most accommodating to the needs of veterans. At Towson, nursing students learn to care for patients' health and well-being. If you want to learn how to influence people in ways that will help them make healthier lifestyle choices, check out Towson's Nursing Department. This department is part of the university's College of Health Professions, which also offers degrees in occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and kinesiology. The 4,600-square foot Towson Simulation Center has five virtual hospital rooms and a collection of computerized manikins so that nursing students can practice clinical scenarios they will probably encounter once they become professionals working with live patients.
5. Stevenson University, Baltimore
The Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Sciences was founded in 1947 by a Roman Catholic order of nuns; though it shed its religious affiliation in 1967, the nursing school still remains committed to values like altruism and respect for human dignity. The university's nursing classrooms and the Nursing Resource Center occupy space in the Kevin J. Manning Academic Center. The Resource Center features 10 beds equipped with head wall systems that include oxygen delivery devices and suction apparatus; these units provide a safe space for students to learn patient care basics.