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UR Nursing Lands at #35 in First National Ranking of DNP Programs

  By Nora Williamson
  Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The University of Rochester’s graduate nursing programs stand among the best offered at private colleges and universities nationwide, according to 2017 rankings released March 16 by U.S. News and World Report.

The School of Nursing lands at No. 11 among private institutions and 35th overall in the inaugural national ranking of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs compiled by U.S. News for its newest edition of Best Graduate Schools. UR Nursing also ranks No. 15 among private schools and 38th out of 519 total master’s programs nationwide.

“We’re proud to be recognized once again as a national leader in nursing education,” said School of Nursing Dean Kathy Rideout. “We have a long history of innovative thinking and research, and we remain well-equipped to challenge our students and prepare them to lead from the front of an ever-evolving and complex health care landscape.”

The top-ranked program in Upstate New York, UR Nursing trails only Columbia University and New York University among master’s and DNP programs in New York State.

Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are ranked separately for the first time in 2017 and available only online. The DNP degree prepares advanced practice nurses as clinical scholars who want to develop and lead improvements to patient care and health care delivery models. The terminal professional degree builds on the traditional master’s program by providing opportunities to understand and master the intersection of research, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems leadership as they relate to patient care.

A total of 270 programs nationwide are currently accepting students into the growing DNP field, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, with 149 statistically qualifying for inclusion in the U.S. News rankings. 

For more information on the University of Rochester’s DNP or master’s level programs, visit Additional information on the U.S. News nursing program rankings, can be found at

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