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Top 10 Nursing Grad Schools

Nursing is a rewarding career that can earn you a big salary while you help people. Nurses with advanced degrees are in demand and projected to have major job growth over the next decade. Earning your advanced nursing degree or RN to MSN degree can give you the training you need to become a high level nursing professional.

US News ranks the top 10 graduate schools for graduate nursing degrees.

1. University of Washington

2. University of California--San Francisco

3. University of Pennsylvania

4. Johns Hopkins University

5. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

6. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill (School of Nursing)

7. Oregon Health and Science University

8. University of Illinois--Chicago

9. University of Maryland--Baltimore

10. University of Pittsburgh--Main Campus

In some areas of nursing, and advanced degree is absolutely necessary. You can however begin your nursing career with only a bachelor's degree such as a registered nurse. Nurses often go back to earn their degree while remaining on the job they currently hold. To make sure you make the most of your education dollar, and the time invested, research what kind of nursing you want to do before you go for your advanced degree. Some nursing jobs with an advanced degree are certified nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, and oncology certified nurse.


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