The top nursing schools on the East Coast share a commitment to rigorous academic standards and nursing research while providing clinical practice training at some of the top-ranked U.S. health care centers. These nursing schools are leading recipients of research funding from the National Institutes of Health, allowing the universities to provide state-of-the-art nursing training facilities and cutting-edge educational programs.

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

The East Coast's top-ranked nursing school, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, provides students an Ivy League education, the opportunity to work with top nursing researchers, and clinical experience at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, two nationally ranked health care facilities. The University of Pennsylvania's nursing program is one of the top recipients of research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Eleven nurse practitioner programs are offered for graduate students, as well as four advanced practice specialty degrees and several doctoral and postdoctoral research opportunities.

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Claire M. Fagin Hall 418 Curie Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-898-8281 nursing.upenn.edu

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Johns Hopkins University's School of Nursing has received many accolades, including being named U.S. News and World Report's second-ranked program for community health. It also has the fourth-ranked graduate nursing program and is the fifth-ranked nursing school for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Student nurses are trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital, U.S. News & World Report's top-ranked hospital in the United States. The nursing program also boasts the nation's first undergraduate Peace Corps Fellows program in nursing.

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing 525 North Wolfe St. Baltimore, MD 21205 410-955-7548 nursing.jhu.edu

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Educating nurses for the past 60 years, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing is the fourth-ranked recipient of research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Emphasizing excellence in nursing education, research and practice, the nursing program has very competitive admissions. The school offers bachelor's and master's of science in nursing degrees, as well as four nurse practitioner graduate programs, doctoral degrees and postdoctorate research opportunities.

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing Carrington Hall, CB 7460 Chapel Hill, NC 27599 919-966-4260 nursing.unc.edu

University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Nursing

Nursing students at the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Nursing benefit from the clinical experience afforded by training at the university's associated health care centers, such as the University of Maryland Medical Center, the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Academic coursework is demanding, and the curriculum is designed for students to pursue nursing careers as generalists or specialize in one area, such as informatics, gerontology or psychiatry. The nursing school offers more than 30 graduate and postgraduate specialty programs.

University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Nursing 655 West Lombard St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-706-3100 nursing.umaryland.edu