The three best second degree nursing programs are offered by John Hopkins University in Maryland, Duke University in North Carolina and Roseman University in Virginia, according to Jonathan Beachy of the Top RN to BSN website. These accelerated second degree programs in nursing were selected based on a number of factors, including academic quality, entry requirements, cost and duration.
The shortest of the three is the accelerated program offered by John Hopkins University, which requires just 13 months for completion. By contrast, Roseman University's "concentrated" program takes 15 months and Duke's takes 16 months.
Although the program at John Hopkins University is the most expensive of the three, the price includes all educational costs besides books, including tuition and insurance. At Duke and Roseman University, only tuition and fees are covered by the advertised cost of the program.
John Hopkins University was chosen as the best school for accelerated second degree programs in nursing for its emphasis on experiential diversity, particularly welcoming applicants with a background in the Peace Corps. Its faculty also boasts staff with experience overseas. Similarly, Duke University invites its students to gain clinical experience at locations beyond the campus, including in other countries. While the program at Roseman University requires local clinical experience, students undertake their coursework remotely via the Internet.