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April 09, 2024

College of Nursing’s Master of Science ranked #1 among public institutions

U.S. News & World Report also ranked the college’s DNP among the nation’s top 20 again

U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 graduate nursing program rankings released today place The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s traditional Master of Science (MS) program tops among public institutions in the nation, and the college’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program again ranked among the country’s top 20.

The college’s in-person MS program ranked #4 overall – up from eighth last year – and #1 among public colleges of nursing. This is the sixth straight year for the MS degree program to rank among the nation’s top ten. Four specialties under the MS program also ranked highly, including several judged as best-in-class among public institutions:

  • Adult Primary Care NP: #2 overall (#1 public)
  • Family NP: #2 overall (#1 public)
  • Adult Acute Care NP: #5 overall (#1 public)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health NP: #6 overall (#2 public)

The college’s DNP program places #19 in the new rankings (#11 among public institutions), the degree’s sixth consecutive year among the nation’s top 20. U.S. News & World Report spotlighted three specialties for excellence:

  • Leadership: #4 overall (#1 public)
  • Family NP: #6 overall (#2 public)
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care: #6 overall (#3 public)

“Every day, our students, faculty, staff, alumni, preceptors and partners answer a calling to care that makes a difference in peoples’ lives. And every day, they inspire me with their passion, purpose, grace and determination,” said Karen Rose, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, dean and professor at the College of Nursing. “Our degree program rankings are a direct reflection of how we strive to educate, empower, prepare and motivate students to be the best evidence-based clinicians they can be so they can change healthcare for the better.”

“The strength of our academic programs lies in the innovation of our brilliant faculty, the drive of our students and the support of partners who share relevant knowledge and skills-building in the course of care,” said Becky Lorenz, PhD, RN, senior associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation and associate professor at the College of Nursing. “The confidence that this confluence of expertise builds in our students is invaluable so that they can be ready to provide high-quality care and transform healthcare in the process.”

In February 2024, U.S. News & World Report unveiled rankings for online nursing programs that placed the College of Nursing’s online MS program #4, online Family Nurse Practitioner specialization #2 and the university’s online bachelor’s programs (for which the college’s RN to BSN comprises the highest enrollment) #7. In September 2023, the college’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) ranked #4 overall and tied for #1 among public institutions.


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