Post BSN Nursing Residency Programs by Region

Many nurses acquire work experience before they enter a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program; traditionally, nurses have begun working as an RN with just an associate’s degree or hospital diploma, and only later decided to earn their BSN. However, since the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) have recommended the BSN as a minimum requirement, many new nurses are choosing to go straight through their bachelor’s degree, graduating and taking the NCLEX exam without actually having professional work experience.

For that reason, Graduate Nurse Residency Programs are an essential step between the classroom and clinical work of a BSN, and the professional demands of a nursing career. There is no one way to handle a nurse residency program; many hospitals, especially larger teaching hospitals, choose to develop their own, while other hospitals choose a national program like the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program or the Versant RN Residency Program. Other programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

In general, though, these residency programs provide a bridge between school and career, giving new BSN graduate RNs the opportunity to learn the ropes with further schooling, workshops, simulations, preceptor rounds, and mentorship. Most are employee-based, meaning applicants must be hired by the hospital, and most hospitals will require a 1 to 2 year commitment.

Remember, residencies are real jobs, usually full-time with solid benefits.

This is not a ranking; programs are listed in alphabetical order by the hospital or health system offering them, and arranged by region (Northeast, South, Midwest, and West). This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, and will be updated periodically.

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Northeast

Hospital for Special Surgery – New York, NY

The Hospital for Special Surgery is a world-class medical institution focusing on musculoskeletal conditions, including some of the most advanced cases in the world. This Magnet Recognition Program member offers three nurse graduate residency programs: the Perioperative Program; the Inpatient Residency Program; and the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)/Step Down Unit (SDU). Designed for new graduates without hospital experience (except for the Perioperative Program, which accepts both new graduates and experienced nurses), all are one year residencies. Applicants must have a New York RN license, a BSN from a CCNE-accredited program, and commit to one year.

Accreditation: N/A
Length: 1 year

Johns Hopkins Medicine – Baltimore, MD

One of the world’s most influential health care systems, Johns Hopkins Medicine combines the expertise of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Hospital (regularly ranked as the #1 hospital in the US). Johns Hopkins Medicine offers two graduate nursing residencies: the Adult Track, and the PEDS track at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Both combine classroom instruction, hands-on practice, and rounding with a nurse educator to give new nurses (within 6 months of graduation) real experience and guidance in an AACN-approved curriculum.

Accreditation: AACN
Length: 1 year

New York-Presbyterian Hospital – New York, NY

New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the largest nonprofit academic health center in the US, is rated one of the top hospitals in the US, and the best in New York, by U.S. News & World Report. A quarter of all New York City residents are served by New York-Presbyterian. It’s an ideal place for new nurses to learn their profession, with two residencies available: the Weill Cornell Emergency Department (ED) Nurse Residency Program, and the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program. Both are for newly graduated nurses (within 6 months of completing their BSN) and provide full support and guidance in a variety of areas.

Accreditation: AACN
Length: 1 year

NYU Langone Medical Center – New York, NY

The NYU Langone Medical Center is one of the world’s foremost academic health centers, consisting of the NYU Medical School, five hospitals, and thirty care facilities throughout the Five Boroughs. Committed to lifelong education for its employees, NYU Langone – a Magnet Recognition hospital – offers the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program for New Grads. This one-year, CCNE-accredited program prepares recent BSN graduates for professional life with clinical experience and further education within a hospital setting. Applicants must have a BSN from an NLN or CCNE-accredited institution.

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

Penn Medicine – Philadelphia, PA

Part of the renowned University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine is Pennsylvania’s top-ranked academic health center, made up of the Perelman School of Medicine, three hospitals, and numerous regional centers throughout Philadelphia and the commonwealth. For new BSN graduates without hospital experience, Penn Medicine offers the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program, which develops leadership skills, clinical knowledge, and communication within the hospital setting. Applicants must have their BSN and a Pennsylvania RN license; nurses accepted into the program receive full pay and benefits.

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

Virginia Commonwealth University Health – Richmond, VA

One of Virginia’s leading academic health systems, Virginia Commonwealth University Health is made up of five schools – including top-ranked schools of nursing, pharmacy, and allied health – and three hospitals. The Magnet-designated VCU Medical Center offers a New Graduate Residency Program that is designed in collaboration with the Department of Education and Professional Development that is part of a long-term, multi-site study of the effectiveness of nurse residency. As a transitional program, new nurses work with preceptors in their unit and a cohort for support and professional growth.

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

South

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of only a handful of pediatric-specialized hospitals with over a century of experience. Children’s offers new graduate BSN nurses a year-long Pediatric Nurse Resident program that includes cohort networking, orientations, and top of the line simulations. Applicants must have a Georgia RN license and BLS-CPR certification; graduates are hired in many areas, including Critical Care, ER, Cardiac, and more. Applications are accepted for May and December graduates.

Accreditation: N/A
Length: 1 year

Cook Children’s Medical Center – Forth Worth, TX

Regularly recognized among the best children’s hospitals in the nation, including U.S. News & World Report ranking, Cook Children’s Health Care System serves the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Cook Children’s nurses have frequently been named among the DFW Great 100 Nurses, and claims numerous DAISY Award winners. The Magnet-designated Cook Children’s Medical Center, in Fort Worth, TX, offers a new grad nursing residency program that is CCNE-accredited and offers three tracks: Medical/Surgical, Critical Care, and Peri-operative. Nurses rotate through several specialty units for a full experience.

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

Emory Healthcare – Atlanta, GA

Emory Healthcare is Georgia’s largest healthcare network, and one of the nation’s most prestigious academic health centers, encompassing six hospitals, including Emory University Hospital. Emory offers the Vizient/AACN Residency Program for new nursing graduates in all six of its hospitals, and in 9 specializations, from Critical Care and Emergency to Women’s Services. Three cohorts are accepted every year – spring, summer, and fall – and accepted nurses must accept a 2-year employment commitment in addition to the 1-year residency. Applicants must have a BSN or MSN as well as a Georgia RN license.

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

Houston Methodist – Houston, TX

Houston Methodist is a nationally-ranked academic medical system made up of the flagship Houston Methodist Hospital, as well as six community hospitals throughout the greater Houston metropolitan region. For new BSN graduates just entering the nursing field without hospital experience, Houston Methodist offers a CCNE-accredited Nurse Residency Program in connection with the UHC/AACN. A 6 to 16 week clinical orientation is followed by pairing with a clinical preceptor for the remainder of the year-long residency. Applicants should have a BSN and be eligible for a Texas RN license (though they need not have license in hand).

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

Mayo Clinic (Florida Program) – Jacksonville, FL

Based in Rochester, MN, the Mayo Clinic has long been ranked as one of the top, and often the #1, hospital in America, with more than a century and a half of excellence. Mayo has major campuses in Arizona and Florida, as well as regional locations in several other states. The Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, FL, offers a twice-yearly Nurse Residency Program focused on patient safety, leadership, and professionalism. Accepted applicants must have their Florida RN license before beginning the program.

Accreditation: N/A
Length: 1 year

Memorial Hermann – Houston, TX

The oldest hospital in the Texas Medical Center – founded in 1925 – Memorial Hermann is Houston’s largest nonprofit health system, with more than 200 locations throughout the Houston metropolitan area. Memorial Hermann is focused on the most cutting-edge care in every field of medicine, and offers new BSN graduates access to some of the most advanced knowledge and practice in modern healthcare. The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program combines with the Memorial Hermann Clinical Development program for a complete orientation and experience for new nurses. Applicants should have an ADN or BSN in hand, as well as a Texas RN license.

Accreditation: Vizient/AACN
Length: 1 year

UNC Medical Center – Chapel Hill, NC

The UNC Medical Center, which is made up of N.C. Memorial Hospital, N.C. Children’s Hospital, N.C. Neurosciences Hospital, and N.C. Women’s Hospital, is North Carolina’s foremost academic health center, connected with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, one of the top-ranked medical schools in the nation. The UNC Medical Center Nurse Residency Program combines orientation with clinical mentorship to prepare newly graduated nurses for professional practice. The 1-year program is open to new nurses within six months of graduation.

Accreditation: UHC/AACN
Length: 1 year

Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Nashville, TN

Regularly ranked as the best hospital in Tennessee, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an academic healthcare complex made up of the Vanderbilt schools of medicine and nursing, as well as a dozen hospitals, clinics, and research centers. The Vanderbilt Medical Center offers graduate nurses a Nurse Residency Program with 8 specializations, including oncology, women’s health, and pediatrics. Applicants must have a recently-completed BSN or MSN, and accepted nurses must commit to the one year residency, as well as one additional year of employment.

Accreditation: N/A
Length: 1 year

Midwest

Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Detroit, MI

Consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals, including recognition from U.S. News and Parent Magazine, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has been caring for the families of the Detroit metropolitan areas since 1886. Children’s Hospital offers a Post-Baccalaureate Pediatric Nurse Residency Program for newly graduates BSN nurses who have less than a year of experience, or no experience at all. Specializations include PICU and NICU, Pediatric Emergency, Hematology/Oncology, and many more. Accepted applicants are hired as full-time RNs and must commit to 2 years of employment.

Accreditation: N/A
Length: 1 year

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center – Cleveland, OH

University Hospitals – widely ranked as one of the nation’s best academic medical centers by Reuters and U.S. News – is the primary hospital associated with Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, also one of the nation’s top med schools. The University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center offers new nursing graduates a unique, 15-month Nurse Residency Program designed especially for UHCMC’s particular strengths and requirements, preparing new nurses for UH’s patient-centered caregiving.

Accreditation: N/A
Length: 15 months

UW Health – Madison, WI

UW Health is a regional academic health system associated with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health – the only combined medicine and public health school in the nation. This Magnet Recognition system, made up of six hospitals and 80 regional sites, offers new nursing graduates access to the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program. This 12 month program is also one of just 25 in the nation accredited by the CCNE, preparing new nurses for their professional lives with mentoring and experience.

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

University of Kentucky HealthCare – Lexington, KY

UK HealthCare is the foremost academic health system in Kentucky, composed of the University of Kentucky’s six health professional schools (including Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health), four hospitals, 80 clinics, and many local health centers. As a Magnet Recognized institution, UK HealthCare offers the best care for patients, and education for new nurses, with a CCNE-accredited Nurse Residency Program developed alongside the UK College of Nursing. UK HealthCare uses the Vizient/AACN curriculum for their Nurse Residency, providing nationally-acclaimed 12 month training for new nursing graduates.

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

University of Iowa Health Care – Iowa City, IO

The only comprehensive academic medical center in Iowa, University of Iowa Health Care has been rated one of the best employers in the nation by Forbes. Composed of the UI Hospitals and Clinics, the Stead Family Children’s Hospital, and the Carver College of Medicine, UI Health Care is also a U.S. News best hospital. New nurses within 1 year from graduation, or within 4 months of completion, can enroll in UIHC’s CCNE-accredited, Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program, including simulations, mentoring, and resiliency training (including self-care).

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

University of Kansas Health System – Kansas City, KS

Kansas’ premier academic healthcare system, the University of Kansas Health System grew out of the University of Kansas Hospital, making major strides in the 21st century to attain Magnet Recognition, adding numerous centers and clinics, and earning recognition from U.S. News at Kansas’ best hospital. For new nursing graduates, the KU Health System offers a CCNE-accredited Nurse Residency Program that offers large group, small group, and one-on-one support, with a 95% retention rate proving KU’s success.

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

West

Children’s Hospital Colorado – Aurora, CO

Colorado’s top pediatric hospital, and one of the largest in the Rocky Mountain region, Children’s Hospital Colorado is affiliated with the top-ranked Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado Denver. The CCNE-accredited New Graduate Nurse Residency Program prepares new RNs for the unique interdisciplinary nature of Children’s Hospital, with simulation, precepted clinical experience, and mentorship. Applicants must have a BSN from a CCNE or ACEN-accredited school, and no prior work experience.

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center – Albuquerque, NM

New Mexico’s only academic medical facility, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is crucial to New Mexico’s health care system, and to community health practice and research. UNM’s clinical wing, the UNM Health System, includes the UNM Hospitals, two children’s hospitals, and numerous clinics and centers. New hires in the UNM Hospitals are entered into the UNM Nurse Residency Program, a year of further education, preceptor-guided experience, and mentorship that helps new graduates become professionals.

Accreditation: N/A
Length: 1 year

University of Colorado Health – CU System Campuses

University of Colorado Health is Colorado’s premier academic healthcare system, including CU Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus (one of the highest ranked teaching and research hospitals in the nation), and hospital locations in Colorado Springs and Northern Colorado. UC Health offers newly graduated RNs excellent Graduate Nurse Residency at the Magnet Designated University of Colorado Hospital, as well as hospitals in Loveland, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs. Applicants must have a BSN from a CCNE or ACEN-accredited program from within the last 12 months.

Accreditation: CCNE
Length: 1 year

University of California Health – UC System Locations

The University of California System is the nation’s foremost public higher education system, including many of the top-ranked public universities in the US, and UC Health brings together the medical education and clinical wings of the system. UC Davis Health, UCLA Health, UC San Diego Health, and UC San Francisco Health all offer Graduate Nurse Residency programs connected with their world-renowned hospitals and medical schools. While specifics differ according to the school, in general the programs are 1 year residencies for new graduates who have not held professional nursing positions before. UC Health is uniformly excellent, upheld by the most current research and award-winning faculty and staff.

Accreditation: varies
Length: varies

Seattle Children’s Hospital – Seattle, WA

Founded more than a century ago by a group of women philanthropists, the Seattle Children’s Hospital combines cutting-edge research and more than 50 specializations and is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals. Seattle Children’s offers a 1 year Nurse Residency Program for newly graduated BSN nurses; unlike other programs, which often prefer no experience, experience in a pediatric setting (either in an educational or employment capacity) is preferred. Numerous clinical areas, including Acute Care, Emergency Department, or Operating Room are available.

Accreditation:
Length: 1 year