March 12, 2019

New rankings from U.S. News & World Report also place college’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in top 20 in the nation

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report show that The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Master of Science program vaulted into the country’s top 10, placing in a tie for no. 8 in the nation overall and no. 2 among public institutions. This ranking reflects a rise up from no. 16 overall last year.

The new rankings also show a rise for the college’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The DNP at the College of Nursing now ranks no. 19, up from no. 21 last year.

The College of Nursing’s programs and those of other institutions across the country were judged on quality assessment, student selectivity and program size, faculty resources and research activity.

“The fact that these outstanding academic programs rose in national prominence is a testament to the superb education and mentorship provided by our world-class faculty, wonderful support by our staff, our exceptional students, and the innovative curriculum that prepares our students to be the highest caliber of advanced practice nurses,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion and dean of the College of Nursing. “These programs prepare our students with the knowledge and skills to dream, discover and deliver the highest quality of evidence-based care to transform health and well-being in ways that improve lives.”

“We are driven to create and sustain high-quality educational and experiential opportunities that prepare students to lead health care now and into the future,” said Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation at the College of Nursing. “Our Master of Science and DNP programs provide educational preparation that positions our students to improve health outcomes everywhere they practice.”

Applications for summer and autumn 2019 admission to select specialties in the master’s in nursing program are being accepted until Monday, April 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Specializations covered under this application include:

Interested prospective students can find specific admission requirements for the master’s in nursing graduate entry, traditional master’s and post-master’s options on the College of Nursing website and can apply through Graduate and Professional Admissions. Prospective students interested in pursuing a DNP degree can also apply through the Graduate and Professional Admissions portal. Post-master’s DNP applications are due by May 15; BSN to DNP applications are due by October 31.

In January, U.S. News & World Report released rankings related to online academic programs. The College of Nursing’s online Master of Science program ranked no. 2 in the nation and no. 1 among public institutions, and The Ohio State University as a whole ranked no. 3 in the country and no. 1 in Ohio for best online bachelor’s programs. The College of Nursing’s online RN-to-BSN program constitutes more than half of Ohio State’s online undergraduates.



Phil Saken, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University


March 01, 2018

It's time to take your nursing career to the next level! Apply now to earn a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree online with Ohio State to start classes this fall.

The Ohio State University College of Nursing will continue to accept applications for fall 2018 admission to the postmaster's DNP program. This application window will be open for a limited time, from March 1 to June 1. All application materials are due by Friday, June 1, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 

You’ll learn from world-renowned nursing faculty from the 5th-best DNP program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Through core coursework, electives and clinical immersion experiences, you’ll develop the skills to become an expert evidence-based practitioner or healthcare administrator. Plus, you’ll pay in-state tuition no matter where you live. 

We offer two tracks: the DNP nurse executive track focused on administrative leadership and the DNP clinical expert track concentrated on the highest levels of patient-care expertise and evidence-based practice.

Dream, discover and deliver a brighter future for healthcare with Ohio State.


Those wishing to be considered for the postmaster's DNP program can view application requirements on the Ohio State DNP website. Questions about the program and application process can be directed to

March 14, 2017

Rankings are the highest ever achieved in College of Nursing history


The Ohio State University College of Nursing master’s programs and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program each jumped more than 15 spots to rank fifth in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings, released today. This achievement also ranks the College of Nursing as the No. 1 public college of nursing in the country for master’s programs and No. 2 for DNP.


“When I came to Ohio State five years ago, my charge was to propel the college ahead to be a national leader in nursing education, research and evidence-based practice,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “I’ve encouraged our outstanding faculty and staff to dream big and persist until our dreams come to fruition. The dramatic rise in these rankings demonstrates the power of our collective dreams when combined with excellence and hard work to achieve our goals.”


The ranking from U.S. News places the college’s master’s program in the top 1.7 percent in the nation, and the DNP program in the top 2.6 percent. According to the publication, rankings were calculated using four categories of data: quality assessment by peers, student selectivity and program size, faculty resources and research activity.


“Ohio State is deeply committed to academic excellence, and we are very proud to see our exceptional nursing programs recognized among the country’s top five,” said President Michael V. Drake. “The jump in rankings confirms what we at Ohio State already know – our College of Nursing’s advanced-degree programs are leading the way in shaping the future of outstanding patient care.”


Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked the College of Nursing third in the nation for its online graduate programs.  


Nurses are increasingly encouraged to continue their education and earn graduate degrees to enhance their knowledge of emerging research and apply new techniques to improve patient care, safety and outcomes. The College of Nursing offers continuing education that encourages innovative and entrepreneurial thinking to advance leadership skills in the rapidly changing field of healthcare, and it is also home to the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice, which will host an inaugural national summit this October. 


The College of Nursing is conducting cutting-edge research that improves quality of life and health outcomes through its Center for Women, Children & Youth and the Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care, with more than 130 faculty members. Nearly 1,900 students are enrolled in the college across bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. In 2016, the college introduced two new degree programs: master of healthcare innovation and bachelor of science in health and wellness innovation in healthcare.


Click here to learn more about the 2018 Best Nursing Schools rankings and methodologies.


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