March 17, 2020

U.S. News & World Report names College of Nursing master’s and doctoral nursing degree programs among best in the country

U.S. News & World Report released new rankings today that place The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing program at #6 in the country (up from #8 last year) and its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at #8 (up from #19).

Several of the college’s specialty tracks in the MS in Nursing and DNP programs also earned high marks in the latest rankings:

  • Master’s – Nurse Practitioner (Family): #6
  • DNP – Administration/Management: #7
  • DNP – Leadership: #7 (#1 among public institutions)
  • DNP – Nurse Practitioner (Family): #10

“It is terrific that U.S. News & World Report confirmed that the comprehensive education our world-class faculty provides to our students ranks among the very best in the country,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, EBP-C, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “Preparing top-notch advanced practice clinicians and healthcare leaders has never been more important. Our graduates are exceptionally well-prepared to transform health and improve lives because we teach them critical evidence-based skills and empower them to dream, discover and deliver a healthier world.”

“Our advanced degree programs are designed for graduates to practice at the top of their scope,” said Kristine Browning, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, assistant dean for graduate clinical programs and associate professor of clinical nursing. “These programs prepare students not only to provide great care for patients, but also to lead organizations that will confront and solve the major healthcare issues of our time.”

Previous rankings released in January placed the College of Nursing’s online bachelor’s and master’s programs among the nation’s best, as well. Our online master of science in nursing program ranked #4 in the country, and The Ohio State University’s online bachelor’s programs – of which the RN to BSN program constitutes more than half of the student population – ranked #1.

January 14, 2020
U.S. News & World Report places Ohio State among top five in country

COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. News & World Report released new rankings today that placed The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s online Master of Science in Nursing program #4 in the country (#2 among public institutions) and Ohio State’s overall online bachelor’s programs #1 in the country (with the only score of 100 in the country). The College of Nursing’s online RN to BSN program constitutes more than half of the university’s online undergraduates.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that the College of Nursing’s online master’s program ranks in the top six nationally. The online bachelor’s programs ranked #1 in 2018 and #3 in 2019.

Three online Master of Science in Nursing specialties at Ohio State also ranked among the nation’s best:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner: #2
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan): #3
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care: #4 (tie)

“We are grateful that U.S. News & World Report continues to spotlight our world-class faculty, staff and curricula as among the very best in the country at preparing students to transform the future of health and improve lives,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing, vice president for health promotion and university chief wellness officer. “Our wonderful online students receive the same innovative and high-quality education as students on campus so that they can dream, discover and deliver a healthier world through evidence-based care.”

The College of Nursing’s online master’s program was judged on five key components: engagement with faculty and fellow students, faculty credentials and training, peer review from academic leaders, student excellence and services and technologies to help facilitate distance learning.

“Online education is growing as a critical component to preparing advanced nursing practice leaders and providers to affect the quality and delivery of patient care,” said Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, senior associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation at the College of Nursing. “The pride we take in building transformative online programs that reflect our values and our goals is reflected in our students, who develop skills and talents to make meaningful impact in every corner of the globe.”

In 2018-19, the College of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing online program educated more than 200 students. Among other attributes, the program offers in-state tuition no matter where the student resides, classes that suit the scheduling needs of working professionals and special focus on evidence-based practice, personal wellness and clinical experience using technology, including telehealth.

“The flexibility offered by the online platform clearly sets the program apart as a digital flagship, and I'm grateful for the thoughtfulness and support offered by the office of distance learning,” said Loretta Raiford, BSN, RN, a student in the online master’s psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) program. “Faculty is responsive to the needs of working adult learners and has adapted the curriculum to reflect the reality of contemporary practice and provide a solid knowledge base for the emerging PMHNP.  I look forwarding to using the education and skillset I've gained during my time at OSU to help address our nation's dire psychiatric mental health needs.”

January 15, 2019
U.S. News & World Report recognizes top-tier program to educate outstanding nurses at a time of great need in healthcare

COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. News & World Report ranked The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s online Master of Science in Nursing program #2 in the country for the second year in a row and #1 among public institutions in new rankings released today. This is the fifth consecutive year that this online master’s in nursing program has ranked in the top 10 overall nationally.

The College of Nursing’s program and those of other institutions across the country were judged on student-faculty engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and education, expert opinion of the quality of the program and student excellence.

“We are delighted and honored that our world-class innovative faculty, staff and curricula have once again been recognized among the very best in the nation, demonstrating the sustained excellence of our online program,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion and dean of the College of Nursing. “Our online students receive the same high-caliber education as students on campus and are prepared with superb knowledge and skills to dream, discover and deliver the highest quality of evidence-based care to transform health and improve lives.”

“It’s critically important that we create high-quality online educational opportunities that prepare advanced nursing practice leaders and providers for the future of healthcare,” 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 online Master of Science in Nursing program prepares students to address current challenges in healthcare and to make a meaningful positive impact in improving health outcomes across the state, nation and globe.”

In 2017-18, the College of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing online program educated nearly 180 students in four key disciplines of nursing: psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leader, neonatal nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. Among other attributes, the program offers in-state tuition no matter where the student lives, the same high-quality faculty online as on-campus, classes that suit the scheduling needs of working professionals, and special focus on evidence-based practice, personal wellness and clinical experience using technologies, including telehealth.

“I’ve benefited from the diversity of people that I have met in the program, as well as the relationships I’ve built with others in my program and with my professors. The faculty want to see everyone succeed,” said Joann North, an online student in the Clinical Nurse Leader specialization of Ohio State’s traditional Master of Science in Nursing program. “Ohio State helps make the program manageable when you’re working. They understand being in school and working and still trying to have a home life as well. The flexibility makes it easier to have that happen.”

U.S. News & World Report also released new rankings today using similar criteria that cover the best online bachelor’s programs across the university spectrum. The Ohio State University as a whole ranked #3 in the country and #1 in Ohio on that list. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Ohio State was ranked in the top 10 nationally for online bachelor’s offerings. The College of Nursing’s online RN-to-BSN program constitutes more than half of Ohio State’s online undergraduates.

The College of Nursing is currently hiring for new faculty. You can find job openings in the college by clicking on this link.

 

By the Numbers

  • History of U.S. News & World Report rankings for The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s online graduate master’s in nursing programs:
    • 2013: #47
    • 2014: #32
    • 2015: #6
    • 2016: #4
    • 2017: #3
    • 2018: #2
    • 2019: #2 (#1 public college of nursing)
  • 2017-18 school year: 176 online students
    • Overall advanced practice certification pass rate: 95%
  • College of Nursing overall numbers:
    • 1020 active undergraduate students, 1040 active graduate students
    • More than 13,000 living alumni spread out among all 50 states and at least 10 countries abroad

Contact:
Phil Saken, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University
847-275-9025
Saken.2@osu.edu

January 16, 2018

For the first time, The Ohio State University College of Nursing ranked in the nation's top 10 for master’s and undergraduate online education, according to 2015 rankings by U.S. News and World Report, announced today.

Ohio State’s online master’s programs in nursing jumped to sixth in the nation for 2015, from 32nd in 2014 and 47th in 2013. Rankings were based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology and admissions selectivity.

Ohio State also ranked eighth for online bachelor’s degree programs, which includes the College of Nursing’s RN to BSN program.

“We are delighted that our outstanding and innovative faculty, staff and curricula have been recognized among the very best in the nation,” said Dean Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. “At the College of Nursing, our online students receive the same high-caliber education as students on campus. They graduate from our programs with superb knowledge and skills to promote health and transform healthcare.”

The College of Nursing started the full-time online program in 2010 after receiving competitive federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Workforce for the development of the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner online programs.

The mission of the Ohio State College of Nursing is to revolutionize healthcare and promote the highest levels of wellness in diverse individuals and communities throughout the nation and globe through innovative and transformational education, research and evidence-based clinical practice. More information is available at nursing.osu.edu.

Full details of the U.S. News rankings and methodologies are available here.

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.

  

Contact: Lainie Bradshaw, 614-688-1062, Bradshaw.162@osu.edu

June 02, 2015

Two degree programs from The Ohio State University College of Nursing are among the nation’s best for veterans, according to recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

In “2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans,” the online nursing graduate program is ranked sixth, and Ohio State ranked seventh for online bachelor’s degree programs, which includes the College of Nursing’s RN to BSN program.

The rankings are based on factors such as program reputation, graduation rates and academic and career-support services, and also the financial benefits available specifically to people with military experience.

Mike Carrell, assistant provost and director of Ohio State’s Office of Military and Veterans Services, says the ranking is great news for veterans.

“Our goal is to help veterans transition to college life. Offering highly ranked online-degree programs is one way we can help them be successful academically. This is especially relevant given the state’s efforts around offering academic credit for military experience and medical certifications,” said Carrell.

Earlier this year, the College of Nursing’s master’s program ranked 22nd in the “2015 Best Grad Schools.” The “2015 Best Online Programs” ranked the online master’s in nursing sixth in the nation and the online bachelor’s degree programs, including the RN to BSN program, ranked eighth.

“These rankings provide evidence of the exemplary education that we provide in our college,” said Dean Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. “Our world-class, innovative faculty equip our students with the highest level of skills to transform lives and the future of healthcare.”

The mission of the Ohio State College of Nursing is to revolutionize healthcare and promote the highest levels of wellness in diverse individuals and communities throughout the nation and globe through innovative and transformational education, research and evidence-based clinical practice. More information is available at nursing.osu.edu.

March 10, 2015

The Ohio State University College of Nursing master’s program jumped 10 spots to land in the top 25 in rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.

The college moved to 22nd in the rankings, putting it in the top five percent of nursing programs in the country. Rankings were based on quality assessment by deans and graduate studies deans at nursing schools, student selectivity and achievement, faculty resources and research activity. Previous rankings were based solely on peer assessment.

“Our new ranking provides evidence of the exemplary education that we provide in our college,” said Dean Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. “Our world-class, innovative faculty equip our students with the highest level of skills to transform lives and the future of health care.”

Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked the College of Nursing in the top 10 for master’s and undergraduate online education.

The mission of the Ohio State College of Nursing is to revolutionize healthcare and promote the highest levels of wellness in diverse individuals and communities throughout the nation and globe through innovative and transformational education, research and evidence-based clinical practice. More information is available at nursing.osu.edu.

Full details of the U.S. News rankings and methodologies are available here.