School of Nursing Ranked in Top 30 Graduate Nursing Schools by U.S. News
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Director of the School's master's programs Craig Sellers, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP
The University of Rochester School of Nursing has ascended to a slot among the top 30 graduate nursing schools in the country, according to the 2016 rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. The school was ranked 30th for its master’s level nursing programs, a jump from a ranking of 32nd in 2012, and 40th in 2008. A total of 503 graduate nursing schools were ranked this year.
Unlike in past years when the ranking methodology was based solely on peer assessment, this year U.S. News additionally evaluated the quality of master’s programs, the strength and achievement of students, student-faculty ratio, and the amount of federally-funded faculty research activity. The strength of faculty was also calibrated by surveying the proportion of doctorally-prepared faculty, full-time faculty with memberships in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies or fellowships in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the proportion of full-time faculty in active nursing practice, and the number of master’s degrees awarded during the past school year.
“This was a very substantive and objective review of what’s most important in a nursing school—the caliber of clinical and research faculty, and the accomplishments of students,” says School of Nursing dean and UR Medical Center vice president Kathy H. Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP. “It’s an honor to be listed among the 30 best schools in the country in these areas, and our steady climb in the rankings during the last decade illustrates our dedication to continual improvement and innovation. We set very high standards and goals for our school, and will continue to do so.”
School of Nursing students in a master's class
In New York State, only New York University (6th) and Columbia (11th) ranked higher, and UR was the only Western New York nursing school to be represented in the top 100.