2018 Colleges of Distinction Nursing Programs

Studying to become a nurse is a rigorous educational journey that ultimately results in rewarding career path undoubtedly worth all the late nights, endless motivational self-talks, residencies, and exams. And just as daunting as it may be to decide to major in nursing, so too is the act of deciding where to major in nursing. Which school is best? Should you stay in state, or would it be better to study further from home? How does each school differ in their nursing curricula and requirements? What is in your price range? These are good questions, all of which can be answered more easily once you have narrowed down your options.

At Colleges of Distinction, it is easy to know where to start. Schools like Sacred Heart University and the University of St. Francis proudly meet our high standards of excellence and are thus awarded the Colleges of Distinction Nursing badge. With a quick search, you’ll have access to a list of schools that successfully educate and train highly skilled nurses.


Programs with the Nursing Badge posses these 10 characteristics:

  • Stability: a well-established program.
  • Excellence: awarded and peer-recognized faculty
  • ACEN: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • CCNE: Accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Practical experience: students experience residency or clinical work
  • High mastery rates: a large number of students in the program regularly pass standardized exams (NCLEX, HESI A2, etc.).
  • Dedicated advising and counseling: counselors and advisors are specifically trained to help nursing students
  • Liberal arts exposure: students engage in a liberal arts curriculum to obtain a wider perspective
  • Industry connections: students are able to obtain connections through internships, job placements, networking, etc.


The nurses who graduate from programs with the above qualities value the experience of their collegiate career and learn not only from lecture and practice, but also from their environment. If you use Colleges of Distinction to help narrow down your decision, you’ll be one step closer to choosing a program in which you will thrive as an up-and-coming registered nurse.

Learn more about what makes a Nursing College of Distinction.

2018-2019 Nursing Colleges of Distinction


Samford University
University of Alabama in Huntsville

Harding University
John Brown University

Azusa Pacific University
Dominican University of California
Holy Names University
Point Loma Nazarene University
Simpson University
University of San Diego

Colorado Christian University
Colorado Mesa University

Fairfield University
Goodwin College
Sacred Heart University
Western Connecticut State University

Barry University
Florida Southern College
Southeastern University
University of Miami
University of North Florida

Brenau University
Georgia Gwinnett College
Mercer University
Piedmont College
Toccoa Falls College
University of West Georgia

Northwest Nazarene University

Aurora University
Greenville University
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Lewis University
Loyola University Chicago
MacMurray College
Olivet Nazarene University
Saint Xavier University
Trinity Christian College
University of St. Francis

Anderson University
Ball State University
Bethel College
Grace College
University of Indianapolis

Briar Cliff University
Northwestern College
St. Ambrose University
University of Dubuque

Baker University
Emporia State University
Ottawa University

Lindsey Wilson College
University of Louisville

University of Maine

Frostburg State University
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Salisbury University

Anna Maria College
Becker College
Curry College
Northeastern University
Regis College
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Alma College
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Northern Michigan University
Western Michigan University

Belhaven University

Maryville University
Missouri State University
Saint Louis University
Truman State University

Carroll College

College of Saint Mary
Creighton University
Nebraska Wesleyan University

Rivier University
University of New Hampshire

Caldwell University
College of Saint Elizabeth
Georgian Court University
Monmouth University
Ramapo College
Seton Hall University
The College of New Jersey

Adelphi University
Binghamton University
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Concordia College New York
Daemen College
Dominican College
Elmira College
Hartwick College
Keuka College
Le Moyne College
LIU Brooklyn
LIU Post
Molloy College
New York Institute of Technology
Niagara University
Pace University, Westchester Campus
Pace University, New York City Campus
St. John Fisher College
The Sage Colleges

Appalachian State University
Gardner-Webb University
Lees-McRae College
Pfeiffer University
University of North Carolina – Wilmington
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Western Carolina University

University of Mary

Ashland University
Capital University
Defiance College
Hiram College
Miami University – Oxford
Mount St. Joseph University
Otterbein University
University of Mount Union
Walsh University
Wittenberg University
Xavier University

Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oral Roberts University
University of Tulsa

George Fox University
University of Portland

Carlow University
Cedar Crest College
Drexel University
La Roche College
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Mercyhurst University
Messiah College
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Mount Aloysius College
Saint Francis University
Slippery Rock University
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Villanova University
Waynesburg University
West Chester University
Wilson College
York College of Pennsylvania

Charleston Southern University
Coastal Carolina University
University of South Carolina Aiken
University of South Carolina Upstate

Mount Marty College

Belmont University
Carson-Newman University
Christian Brothers University
Freed-Hardeman University
King University
Lee University
Lipscomb University
Middle Tennesee State University
Tusculum College
Union University

Abilene Christian University
Angelo State University
Dallas Baptist University
Hardin-Simmons University
Lubbock Christian University
Midwestern State University
St. Mary’s University
Texas Christian University
The University of Texas at Tyler
University of Mary Hardin–Baylor

Southern Utah University
Westminster College of Utah

Castleton University
University of Vermont

Averett University
James Madison University
Old Dominion University
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
University of Lynchburg

Eastern Washington University
Gonzaga University
Northwest University
Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University

Cardinal Stritch University
Carthage College
Concordia University Wisconsin
Marquette University
Viterbo University
Wisconsin Lutheran College


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