Good nursing schools are well-known for great programs and producing the brightest nurses in the industry, but few schools “make the cut” when it comes to a critical look at their comprehensive education performances.
The U.S. News and World Report is well-known for its critical analysis of businesses, whether in the education sector or otherwise; which is why its most recent list of top ranked nursing schools is worth a look for students who intend to enroll in a program this year.
Some of the top ranked nursing schools that made the list are those you might expect, but some didn’t quite make it to the top this time. Yale and Duke University are prestigious schools that are household names, up there with Harvard and Princeton. However, their nursing school programs tied with two other schools in rank position #7 on the U.S. News and World Report.
So, who did make the top of the list? The top three spots (tied for rank position #1) do include other prestigious college that we would expect to see. John Hopkins’ nursing school landed at the top of the list, holding onto its winning position. John Hopkins’ clinical nursing program also garnered #1 for Community and Public Clinical Nursing programs. It’s no surprise when considering that the nursing school’s focus is on public health, global nursing, and geriatrics. (Being a Peace Corp operative doesn’t hurt, either.)
Tied with John Hopkins’ for #1 are the nursing schools at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington. Both earned top rankings for their specialty programs as well. (Penn nursing school didn’t rank below a three on any program.) Close behind and lagging by only one-tenth of a point each, the report named nursing schools at the University of California, San Francisco; and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to the fourth and fifth spots on their list, tying for rank #4.