Healthcare as a whole is a burgeoning industry in the United States, and nursing especially is an increasingly in-demand field. Nursing school is notoriously difficult, and graduates earn little glory in their professional lives. Doctors may be the diagnostic heavyweights, but nurses are the ones on the front lines of unexpected crises, saving patients daily for half the salary.
If you think you have what it takes to become a registered nurse – commitment, dedication, focus, and compassion – you might want to consider one of the colleges listed below. Although nursing programs come in numerous forms (RN to BSN, BSN to MSN, BSN to DSN, etc. ) high school students and those without a background in healthcare should opt for a traditional, four-year BSN. The programs listed below focus on this last category.
These best nursing schools represent some of the most affordable programs available. From our initial list of selective schools, we sorted them by net price, defined on College Navigator as a value “generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.”
At the end, we had 50 schools with low costs but high selectivity (an acceptance rate of 50% or less). And yet, each of these colleges has something unique to offer, so it’s worth exploring your options and doing the research to make the best choice for you.