The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia has been ranked No. 1 in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Schools rankings based on the quality of its master’s programs in nursing.
Previously, Penn Nursing had been tied with two other institutions, John Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of Washington in Seattle, for the top spot. “We are especially proud that moments like this highlight the extraordinary expertise, passionate teaching and dedication of Penn Nursing’s faculty and staff as well as the outstanding students and alumni who make up this impactful lifelong community,” Dean Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in a news release.
U.S. News also ranks schools of nursing by specialty. Penn ranked No. 1 in six categories: administration; nurse practitioner (adult/gerontology, acute care); nurse practitioner (adult/gerontology, primary care); nurse practitioner (family); nurse practitioner (pediatric, primary care); nurse practitioner (psychiatric/mental health, across the lifespan). The school ranked No. 2 in the nurse midwifery category and No. 5 in nurse anesthesia, according to the release.
U.S. News rankings for graduate programs are compiled every four years.
For the newly expanded rankings, 503 nursing schools with master’s or doctoral programs accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing were surveyed, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Of those, 273 responded, and 246 were eligible to be included in the rankings of master’s programs. U.S. News choose to rank master’s programs because they account for the largest graduate enrollment in nursing, according to the release.
The U.S. News rankings of master’s programs were based on a weighted average of 13 indicators including peer assessment scores, student selectivity and achievement, mean undergraduate grade point average, acceptance rate, achievement, faculty resources, student-faculty ratio, faculty credentials, faculty achievements and practice, research activity and other factors. Data were collected in fall 2014 and early 2015.
The only other Pennsylvania graduate nursing school to break the top 10 was the University of Pittsburgh, which finished No. 5 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Other Philadelphia area graduate nursing schools in the Top 100 were Villanova University (tied for 61), Thomas Jefferson University (tied for 78) and Drexel University (tied for 90). The University of Delaware was tied for 83 on the list.