Editorial Process

At allnurses, our editorial process is built on data-driven insights and expert-written content. We follow strict editorial guidelines to ensure the accuracy and up-to-date information that our readers rely on. About Us Site FAQ

Our process includes rigorous editorial sourcing, where our team of experienced professionals meticulously researches and evaluates nursing schools, programs, processes, Care Plans, and more worldwide. 

This commitment to excellence allows us to provide our audience with the most reliable and comprehensive information in the field of nursing education. If we publish out-of-date or incorrect information, please contact us.

Data-Driven Content

Our data-driven content is the result of a meticulous process that combines expert analysis with thorough research. We utilize data from authoritative sources such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and CollegeScorecard, while also conducting comprehensive manual research.

This data forms the foundation of our proprietary methodology, allowing us to provide you with the most informed insights and guidance in the field of nursing. 

Our commitment to expert analysis and thorough research ensures that the information you find here is both dependable and invaluable to your decision-making process.

Fact Checking & Corrections Policies

At allnurses, our commitment to accuracy and credibility is paramount. We strive to provide our readers with reliable and up-to-date information. To ensure the highest standards of quality, we have implemented a rigorous fact-checking and corrections policy:

  1. Data Verification: We rely on reputable sources and conduct thorough research to gather information and data. We use primary sources, official government agencies, academic institutions, and established publications.
  2. Expert Review: Our content is created and reviewed by subject matter experts who possess in-depth knowledge and experience in the field of nursing.
  3. Proprietary Methodology:We utilize proprietary methodologies to analyze and interpret data, ensuring the accuracy and relevance of our content.
  4. Continuous Monitoring: We continuously monitor the information presented on our website to ensure its accuracy and relevance.
  5. Corrections and Updates: If an error or inaccuracy is identified in our content, we are committed to promptly correcting it. We encourage our readers to notify us of any errors or inaccuracies they may come across.
  6. Attribution: We attribute information to its original source, providing proper citations and references.
  7. Reader Engagement: We value feedback from our readers. If you believe there is an error in our content, please contact us through the provided channels.
  8. Commitment to Quality: Our overarching commitment is to provide high-quality, reliable, and factual information to our readers.

Methodology: Ranking Programs & Schools

Nursing school offers many benefits, making it an excellent choice for those interested in a rewarding and fulfilling career practiced by millions of Americans today.

Whether it be diverse career opportunities, job security, impactful and rewarding work, competitive salaries and benefits, or lifelong learning and professional growth, a career in nursing has something to offer everyone.

To help prospective students select the best school and career path, allnurses' has compiled many articles about the best, fastest, and most affordable programs available.

Methodology Overview

Schools and programs are picked and ranked in accordance with our methodology of surveying readers to understand what they value most while selecting schools, including NCLEX pass rates, graduation rates, student-faculty ratio, price, mode, duration, admission rates, and more for hundreds of the most prominent nursing schools in the United States.

Survey: What's Most Valuable to Students?

  1. We asked students and former students, "What are the five most important factors to you when choosing (or when you chose) your program?"
  2. We compiled all of the responses.
  3. Based on the number of responses and options for each specific survey, we calculated the average number of responses across all factors.
  4. Each factor response total was taken from the survey and divided by the average calculated in step 3. This gets us the initial "weight" or importance of a factor.
  5. The weight in step 4 was normalized to get a maximum score of 100.

Methodology Example

This example is to further elaborate on our methodology and is not representative of exact survey responses.

If 50 survey respondents each choose their top 5 factors across 10 different selections, they will provide 250 responses in total.

  • The average response for each top 5 factor would be 25 (250/10).
  • If "cost" was a top 5 decision-making factor for 50 respondents, or double the average, that would give it a weight of 2x an average factor.
  • If each school was given a 1-5 score on each importance factor, there would be a maximum score of 125 (25x5). To convert to the maximum possible score of 100, we divide each school's score by 125.

ADN Methodology

The following are the weighted results from allnurses' survey on ADN programs.

Factor Weight %
Cost 21%
Location 15%
High pass rates for NCLEX 15%
Nursing clinicals placement 13%
Length of time to obtain degree 9%
Flexibility of schedule 7%
Academic Reputation 7%
Specific nursing school accreditation - ACEN, CCNE 5%
Grads get good jobs 5%
Graduation rate 4%
Total 100%

BSN Methodology

The following are the weighted results from allnurses' survey on BSN programs.

Factor Weight %
Cost (tuition, housing) 21%
NCLEX Pass Rates 20%
Academic reputation 17%
Length of time to obtain degree 14%
Nursing clinicals placement 8%
Availability of online courses 8%
Graduation rate 7%
Specific nursing school accreditation - ACEN, CCNE 5%
Total 100%

RN to BSN Methodology

The following are the weighted results from allnurses' survey on RN to BSN programs.

Factor Weight %
Length of program 24%
Curriculum 16%
Cost 16%
Availability of online courses 12%
Academic reputation 12%
Flexibility of schedule 10%
Specific nursing school accreditation - ACEN, CCNE 4%
Graduation rate 4%
Grads get good jobs 4%
Total 100%

General Application of Methodology

Our survey included three different programs in total (ADN, BSN, RN to BSN), so for other rankings of programs like MSN, DNP, and all else excluding the aforementioned, we conglomerated all survey data into consideration.

Factor Weight %
Cost 19%
Length of time to obtain degree 16%
Academic reputation 12%
High pass rates for licensing exams 11%
Nursing clinicals placement 7%
Availability of online courses 7%
Flexibility of schedule 5%
Curriculum 5%
Location 5%
Graduation rate 5%
Specific nursing school accreditation - ACEN, CCNE 5%
Grads get good jobs 3%
Total 100%

How to Pick a Nursing School & Program

Choosing the right nursing school and program requires careful consideration and research to ensure it aligns with your goals, interests, and personal circumstances. Although it will be different for everyone, some key considerations are:

  • Accreditation: Verify that the appropriate accrediting bodies accredit the nursing school you're considering.
  • Program Options: Determine whether you prefer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), or diploma program. Research the curriculum, clinical experience opportunities, and any specialized tracks or concentrations offered.
  • Location: Consider the location of your desired nursing school and its impact on you. Factors such as proximity to home, support, cost of living, and more should be considered.
  • Faculty and Resources: Research the qualifications and experience of the nursing faculty, and evaluate the resources and support services available to students, such as tutoring and career counseling.
  • Cost and Financial Aid: Consider the tuition and additional fees and whether they align with your financial situation in order to determine if the program is within your budget.
  • Reputation and Success Rate: Research the reputation of the nursing school and their NCLEX pass rates, graduation rates, and post-graduation employment rates to understand their success rate.
  • Continued Education Opportunities: Look into which schools offer continued education, bridge programs, or transfer credits that align with your interests or needs.

Ultimately, finding the right nursing school and program involves conducting thorough research, visiting campuses if possible, talking to current students and alumni, and carefully considering your personal preferences and goals. Consider your options and choose the one that fits you best. Hopefully, allnurses has been able to benefit you in your research.

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