College of Nursing Rankings


Rush University College of Nursing received top rankings in the 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” survey.

Among the nation’s 600 nursing colleges with graduate programs, Rush is ranked No. 1 overall for Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and No. 13 for Master of Science in Nursing programs.

Four of our programs are ranked No. 1 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate Nursing Programs:
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 
  • Pediatric Acute Care DNP
  • Pediatric Primary Care DNP
The following programs are also ranked highly in the top five:
  • Nursing Administration (No. 2)
  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner — Primary Care (No. 2) 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (No. 3)
  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner — Acute Care (No. 4)
Additionally, four of our programs rank among the top three in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Online Programs:
  • Graduate Nursing Programs: No. 1
  • Nurse Practitioner — Psychiatric Mental, Across the Lifespan: No. 1
  • Nurse Practitioner — Family: No. 2
  • Nursing Administration/Leadership: No. 4

“U.S. News’ rankings reflect our high standards, and are a tribute to our excellent faculty, staff and students,” says Christine M. Kennedy, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing. “We are so proud of everyone involved and are committed to finding even more ways to innovate and excel. Achieving these impressive rankings during the stress of the COVID-19 year is even more gratifying.”

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.