The Best Nursing Schools By State: Eastern Region

Listing the best nursing school in each state based on quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction, and value.


What makes a good nursing school? For most lists of this nature, the word “best” refers to the schools with the highest test scores and whose students go on to achieve the most success in their careers after school. While those schools may be most prominent, rarely are they the best realistic option for a vast majority of individuals seeking a career in nursing. The fact is, attending the University of Pennsylvania or Johns Hopkins University – two of the top nursing schools in the country according to U.S. News – is not exactly within the realm of possibility for most students with nursing aspirations.

  

Sure, the quality of education is probably the single most important component of choosing a nursing school. Rarely are more practical matters such as price and functionality even considered during the construction of these lists. Thankfully, that’s not the case with the Nurse Journal’s list of America’s Best Nursing Schools & Colleges for 2015.

  

Nurse Journal ranks nursing schools using a methodology that is much more compatible to the average nursing student. The rankings are formulated by giving each school a score based on 5 different categories:

  

- Affordability (35 points)

- Quality (30 points)

- Convenience (25 points)

- Satisfaction (20 points)

- Value (20 points)

  

Those scores are then added up to a combined score out of 130 total points. You can find a full breakdown of their methodology here.

  

Best Nursing Schools By State | eMedCert

  

Another factor that plays a large role in most decisions regarding which school to attend is location. Some students value proximity to home, while some value schools in a specific state or region. Obviously, due to the disparity of students living in different areas, it’s impossible for lists that contain schools from across the nation to score each school on its particular location.

  

That’s why we wanted to break this list down even more by making it applicable on a state-by-state basis. We will also be breaking this up into three separate blog posts to correspond with three different regions: Eastern, Western, and Central.

  

Here are the best nursing schools in each state of the Eastern Region, along with their corresponding scores from all 5 categories:

  

Alabama

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

Quality Score: 27.77

Affordability Score: 25.75

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 16.97

Value Score: 4.34

Overall Score: 99.83


Arkansas

Arkansas State University-Main Campus

Jonesboro, AR

Quality Score: 25.73

Affordability Score: 28.49

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 15.16

Value Score: 9.21

Overall Score: 103.59


Connecticut

Yale University

Orange, CT

Quality Score: 29.30

Affordability Score: 22.67

Convenience Score: 20.00

Satisfaction Score: 18.03

Value Score: 6.96

Overall Score: 96.96


Delaware

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

Quality Score: 27.66

Affordability Score: 26.38

Convenience Score: 20.00

Satisfaction Score: 17.03

Value Score: 6.01

Overall Score: 97.08


Florida

University of Florida

Gainsville, FL

Quality Score: 28.39

Affordability Score: 28.46

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 17.73

Value Score: 8.04

Overall Score: 107.62


Georgia

Georgia Regents University

Augusta, GA

Quality Score: 25.26

Affordability Score: 30.09

Convenience Score: 20.00

Satisfaction Score: 14.23

Value Score: 20.00

Overall Score: 109.59


Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

Quality Score: 25.70

Affordability Score: 25.36

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 14.28

Value Score: 9.15

Overall Score: 99.49


Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe, LA

Quality Score: 26.31

Affordability Score: 28.92

Convenience Score: 20.00

Satisfaction Score: 14.46

Value Score: 11.55

Overall Score: 101.24


Maine

Husson University

Bangor, ME

Quality Score: 25.29

Affordability Score: 23.77

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 14.06

Value Score: 4.34

Overall Score: 92.46


Maryland

Coppin State University

Baltimore, MD

Quality Score: 22.41

Affordability Score: 28.77

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 12.82

Value Score: 8.56

Overall Score: 97.56


Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, MA

Quality Score: 27.35

Affordability Score: 22.07

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 16.71

Value Score: 4.33

Overall Score: 95.45


Mississippi

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, MS

Quality Score: 26.85

Affordability Score: 28.46

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 15.79

Value Score: 8.47

Overall Score: 104.57


New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

Quality Score: 27.67

Affordability Score: 21.13

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 16.48

Value Score: 4.5

Overall Score: 94.78


New Jersey

Rutgers University-Newark

Newark, NJ

Quality Score: 27.05

Affordability Score: 24.35

Convenience Score: 20.00

Satisfaction Score: 14.74

Value Score: 9.82

Overall Score: 95.96


New York

CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, NY

Quality Score: 24.08

Affordability Score: 29.42

Convenience Score: 20.00

Satisfaction Score: 15.50

Value Score: 14.40

Overall Score: 103.40


North Carolina

Fayetteville State University

Feyettville, NC

Quality Score: 26.60

Affordability Score: 29.86

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 13.97

Value Score: 13.99

Overall Score: 109.42


Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Quality Score: 28.10

Affordability Score: 18.68

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 17.76

Value Score: 5.10

Overall Score: 94.64


Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

Quality Score: 26.83

Affordability Score: 23.97

Convenience Score: 20.00

Satisfaction Score: 15.62

Value Score: 5.99

Overall Score: 92.41


South Carolina

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Quality Score: 28.44

Affordability Score: 26.09

Convenience Score: 20.00

Satisfaction Score: 17.19

Value Score: 5.41

Overall Score: 97.13


Tennessee

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN

Quality Score: 26.40

Affordability Score: 27.63

Convenience Score: 25.00

Satisfaction Score: 14.45

Value Score: 8.88

Overall Score: 102.36


Vermont

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

Quality Score: 18.80

Affordability Score: 25

Convenience Score: 20

Satisfaction Score: 16.37

Value Score: 5.24

Overall Score: 85.41


Virginia

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

Richmond, VA

Quality Score: 23.00

Affordability Score: 29.89

Convenience Score: 15.00

Satisfaction Score: 12.81

Value Score: 20.00

Overall Score: 100.70


West Virginia

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

Quality Score: 27.85

Affordability Score: 28.27

Convenience Score: 20.00

Satisfaction Score: 15.63

Value Score: 8.42

-Overall Score: 100.17


Western and Central Rankings to come in the following weeks. Stay tuned.