March 12, 2019

The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s master’s in nursing program vaults into nation’s top 10

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

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