The UVA School of Nursing earned strong rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s latest Best Graduate Schools Guide for 2023-24.
The School is ranked No. 14 (the No. 7 public MSN) for master's programs and No. 28 for its Doctor of Nursing Practice program (the No. 20 public DNP).
Top 2%UVA's nursing grad programs rank among the nation's very best
“Rankings only hint at the incredible work being done at our School to nurture skilled, compassionate, resilient clinicians,” said Dean Marianne Baernholdt, “but, year after year, we are nevertheless proud of earning a consistent place among the nation’s top 2% of nursing graduate programs and being Virginia’s most highly ranked nursing program.”
Additionally, after a fruitful funding year for nursing science, the School of Nursing leapt ten spots to No. 33 in the nation on the National Institutes of Health 2023 ranking, its best showing since 2014 when the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research began compiling such data. Its undergraduate bachelor's of science in nursing (BSN) program is ranked No. 10 in the nation among public institutions, according to U.S. News's Best Colleges Guide rankings issued in September 2022.
“Rankings like these are a reminder of the incredible work done every day by our faculty and our students,” said K. Craig Kent, MD, chief executive officer of UVA Health and executive vice president for health affairs at UVA. “I am excited to expand on our world-class educational and research programs over the next decade, as outlined in our strategic plan, including through our exceptional School of Nursing, as part of our goal to be the nation’s top public academic health system.”
UVA Provost Ian Baucom praised the nursing school for its skill in training the next generation of nurses. “Our faculty and students at the School of Nursing play important roles in both patient care and healthcare leadership,” he said. “These rankings highlight both the talent of our students as well as the dedication and teaching ability of our faculty to prepare our students to serve communities across Virginia and beyond.”
U.S. News & World Report ranks nursing schools based on factors that include peer assessments, research funding, faculty resources, program selectivity, and graduation rates. U.S. News & World Report will be releasing rankings for medical schools, including the UVA School of Medicine, at a later date.
Baernholdt acknowledged that the School of Nursing's latest score was buoyed by the School's faculty scientists’ research funding and offered "kudos to our faculty nurse scientists and scholars and associate dean Jeanne Alhusen who do this important work, and who deserve our support and applause."
Added Baernholdt to the School's faculty, staff, and students, "This is work that takes all of us. Thanks to each and every one of you who help make us shine."