2020 Nursing School Rankings

We ranked schools at each level based on the net monthly income of nursing graduates one year after finishing a degree at each school. To take into account the cost of education as well as salary potential, we used monthly earnings and monthly debt payments to calculate students’ median net monthly incomes. All of the schools ranked on our lists offer nursing degrees accredited by the programmatic nursing accreditation agencies ACEN, CCNE, COA, and ACME.

The top 25 nursing schools with ACEN-accredited Associate Degree in Nursing programs had graduates with net monthly incomes between $5,381 and $6,145. At the bachelor’s level, graduates of the top-ranked schools had net monthly incomes between $7,039 and $9,062. At schools that offer online RN to BSN programs, BSN graduates had median net monthly incomes between $6,364 and $8,070 one year after finishing the degree. The best 25 schools with campus-based Master of Science in Nursing programs had median graduate net monthly incomes of $8,743 to $14,795. For colleges that offer online MSN programs, master of science in nursing graduates had median net monthly incomes between $7,934 and $15,195 one year after graduation.