Hood College Nursing Program Ranked 12th-best in DMV

Annual rankings determined by Nursing Schools Almanac also place Hood #9 in Maryland

Hood College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program has been named no. 12 in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and no. 9 in the state of Maryland by the Nursing Schools Almanac (NSA) in their 2022 yearly report.

Hood recently announced an extended partnership with Frederick Health, which will establish dedicated space for the College’s Department of Nursing. The Hood nursing program has grown from 23 students during its inaugural semester in 2014 to having 149 nursing majors as of spring 2022, a growth of more than 500 percent over eight years. By the beginning of the fall 2022 semester, Hood expects to add 60 additional students to the program.

“Hood’s rich history and amazing community partners have helped us build an academic nursing program that prepares students to serve the DMV as professional nurses,” said Jennifer Cooper, DNP, nursing department chair & program director at Hood. “We are committed to growing the nursing program and supporting our students in their journey to become a registered nurse!”

The NSA conducts a detailed assessment of nearly 3,000 nursing schools nationwide each year to determine top programs around the country. Institutions are ranked by academic prestige (50 percent), program breadth and depth (20 percent), and student success on nursing licensure examinations such as the NCLEX-RN (30 percent).

All registered nurses in the United States must pass the NCLEX-RN before they may commence practice. Hood’s NCLEX-RN pass rate and subsequent ranking were generated based on pass rates since the program graduated its first class in 2018.

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