College of Nursing Rankings

2020 College of Nursing Rankings

Rush University College of Nursing received top rankings in the 2021 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” survey.

Among the nation’s 578 nursing colleges with graduate programs, Rush ranks in the top three percent overall for Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and top five percent for Master of Science in Nursing programs.

Four of our programs rank among the top three in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Online Programs:
  • Graduate Nursing Programs: No. 1
  • Nurse Practitioner — Psychiatric Mental, Across the Lifespan: No. 1
  • Nurse Practitioner — Pediatric, Primary Care: No. 2
  • Nursing Administration/Leadership: No. 3
Three of our programs ranked second in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate Schools:
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Acute Care)
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care)
  • Nursing Leadership
“We are thrilled to be recognized as one of the top nursing schools in the country,” said Barbara Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, interim dean of the College of Nursing. “We are dedicated to preparing transformative nurse leaders, and it’s exciting to see we continue to be recognized for our efforts by U.S. News. These rankings are a testament to the quality of our students and the passion of our faculty.”
The following programs are also ranked highly in the top ten:
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: No. 3
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: No. 3
  • Nursing Administration/Management: No. 4
  • Clinical Nurse Leader: No. 5
  • Nursing Anesthesia: No. 4 (ranked in 2017)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: No. 5 (ranked in 2019)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: No. 8

In addition, the College of Nursing is first on the 2020 list of Best Online Nursing Programs for Veterans.

Rush University is a top-ranked health science university. It is the academic component of Rush University Medical Center, a leading academic medical center. Rush University is known for its high-quality health care education, supportive learning environment, engagement with the urban community and forward-looking education approach.