Columbia University and New York University, both in New York City, top the USA Today list of the best U.S. colleges for nursing. Columbia offers a nursing entry to practice program that provides graduates with both a bachelor's degree and master's degree.
The University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia ranks fifth on USA Today's list. This school offers a range of undergraduate, master's and doctoral-level courses, including those that specialize in neonatal, pediatric and psychiatric care.
At number six on the list, the University of California Los Angeles' nursing program offers options for those who wish to specialize in gerontology, oncology or pediatric nursing. UCLA also offers master's degree programs for nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists.