National recognition of the outstanding graduate programs offered on-campus and online through the University of Arizona College of Nursing continues in the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
The 2017 edition of Best Graduate Nursing Schools includes first-ever rankings for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. Among 149 DNP programs nationally, the UA College of Nursing was ranked No. 28. The college’s master’s programs were ranked No. 30 among 259 master’s programs nationally, moving up from No. 38.
The rankings reflect the two largest programs at the UA College of Nursing, both offered online, as well as its on-campus master’s degree program:
- In the online DNP program, more than 300 students are pursuing advanced-practice specialties in nurse anesthesia, family, pediatric, adult-gerontology acute care and psychiatric mental health.
- Nearly 400 working registered nurses are seeking advancement as clinical systems leaders in the online Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership (RN-MSN) program.
- The Master of Science for Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) program, offered on-campus in both Tucson and Phoenix, is an accelerated, 15-month program for students who hold a university degree in another field and want to become registered nurses.
Both the DNP and master’s rankings are based on a weighted average of 14 indicators, which include peer assessment, program selectivity and size, faculty resources and research activity.
In January, the UA College of Nursing was ranked No. 23 among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report.