The U.S. Bureau of Labor finds that the demand for well-trained registered nurses will increase by at least 22 percent through 2018. Despite this rapid growth, it is important to choose a school that has an excellent reputation, high instructional quality and state-of-the art facilities. U.S. News and World Report thoroughly assesses colleges and universities throughout the United States every four years. The following schools were rated as the top schools for nursing education.

University of Washington

Ranked first by U.S. News and World Report, the University of Washington provides both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing. These include a bachelor of science in nursing and an accelerated bachelor's program for students with associate degrees in nursing.

University of Washington

1959 NE Pacific St.

Seattle, WA 98195

206-543-8736

washington.edu

University of California - San Francisco

Ranked second on the list of top nursing programs, the School of Nursing at the University of California -- San Francisco specializes in graduate education. Available programs include a master's degree for students with associate degrees, a master of science and a doctor of philosophy. Students may specialize their studies in a range of areas, including acute care, cardiovascular nursing, gerontology, health policy international nursing, midwifery, perinatal nursing and environmental health.

University of California -- San Francisco

2 Koret Way, #N-319X

San Francisco, CA 94143-0602

415-476-1435

ucsf.edu

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania placed third on the U.S. News and World Report list. Undergraduate options include first-degree entry, transfer and accelerated programs. A wide range of graduate specialties are also available, including acute care, family health, neonatal nursing, pediatric nursing, gerontology, oncology, women's health, psychiatric care, anesthesia, midwifery and healthcare administration.

University of Pennsylvania

418 Curie Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217

215-898-8281

upenn.edu

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University placed fourth on the U.S. News and World Report list. Its School of Nursing provides a bachelor of science, master of science, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of philosophy and several online distance learning options.

Johns Hopkins University

525 N. Wolfe St.

Baltimore, MD 21205

410-955-7548

jhmi.edu

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Ranked number five, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor offers three undergraduate program options and more than 20 master's programs, including clinical nursing, midwifery and business administration. Ph.D. and post-doctoral programs are also available.

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

400 North Ingalls

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

734-763-5985

umich.edu

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is tied for number five. Its School of Nursing provides baccalaureate, master's, post-master's, doctoral and post-doctoral program options. Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are also available for registered nurses with associate degrees in nursing.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Carrington Hall, CB #7460

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

919-966-4260

unc.edu

Oregon Health and Science University

With two schools in the fifth place spot, the rankings list by "U.S. News and World Report" does not include a sixth place. One of five schools tied at number seven, the School of Nursing at the Oregon Health and Science University provides a range of courses and programs both on-campus at five regional locations and through its virtual distance learning campus. Programs include an accelerated bachelor of science, post-associate degree bachelor of science and master's degree with specialties in gerontology, anesthesia, midwifery, nursing education, mental health and public health.

Oregon Health and Science University

3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd.

Portland, OR 97239-3098

503-494-8311

ohsu.edu

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago was also ranked at number seven. It provides a variety of program options, including a bachelor of science, a master of science, a doctor of nursing practice, a doctor of philosophy and professional certificates in palliative care, forensic nursing, cardiometabolic care, administration, school nursing and nursing education.

University of Illinois at Chicago

845 South Damen Avenue

Chicago, IL 60612

312-996-7800

uic.edu

University of Maryland at Baltimore

Also ranked at seven, the University of Maryland at Baltimore offers a bachelor of science degree in nursing with accelerated options for students with a previous degree or an associate degree in nursing. Several master's, doctoral and professional certificate programs are also available.

University of Maryland at Baltimore

655 West Lombard Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

410-706-3100

umaryland.edu

University of Pittsburgh

Tied at number seven, the School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh provides a four-year program that combines biology, behavioral science and the liberal arts. An accelerated bachelor of science program is available to students who hold an undergraduate degree in another field.

University of Pittsburgh

3500 Victoria Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

888-7470794

pitt.edu