Science / Technology and HealthNursing program is best in state and among the top 5 percent in the countryWritten by Dean ForbesOctober 23, 2018Image credit: Winston O'NeilNo Caption ProvidedSeattle University’s nursing program is the best in Washington and in the top 5 percent nationally, according to College Factual’s 2019 rankings.Seattle University’s nursing program is the best in Washington and in the top 5 percent nationally, according to College Factual’s 2019 rankings. College Factual looked at nine colleges in Washington and 519 nationally. It ranked Seattle U #1 among Washington colleges – up from #2 last year – and #16 nationally, placing it in the top five percent of all programs. The university improved 10 spots from 2018’s national rankings. “The excellence of our nursing programs reflect the students who select us and the faculty who cherish the work of educating and inspiring leaders to transform healthcare for a just and humane world,” said College of Nursing Dean and Professor Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN. Using 2013 PayScale survey data, College Factual also said that Seattle U nursing graduates will make above-average early-career earnings of $63,203 and above-average mid-career earnings of $77,021. Founded in 1935, the College of Nursing offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and several post-doctoral clinical certificate programs. Academics embrace the Jesuit tradition of developing the whole person and focus on the connections between the practical, academic, spiritual and humane needs of learners. College Factual ranks 350 college major programs offered by 2,500 four-year colleges and universities. Its ranking methodology includes examining average salaries of graduates, accreditation, educational quality and more.