College of Nursing Rankings


Rush University College of Nursing received top rankings in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” survey.


Among the nation’s 552 nursing colleges with graduate programs, Rush ranks in the top one percent overall for Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and top three percent for Master of Science in Nursing programs.

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Four of our programs are ranked No. 1 in the nation:
  • Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

“We’re honored to be ranked No. 1 in four programs and in the top 2 percent overall for nursing colleges,” said Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN, the John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean of Nursing, Rush University College of Nursing. “Rush is steadfast in preparing transformative nurse leaders who will change the current and future state of health care. From clinical nurse leaders to nurse practitioners, these rankings are a testament to the quality of our students and the passion of our faculty.”

The following Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are also ranked highly in the top ten:
  • Nursing Leadership/Administration (No. 4)
  • Nursing Anesthesia (No. 4; ranked in 2017)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (No. 4)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (No. 6)

Matching last year’s rankings, the College of Nursing is fourth overall in the doctor in nursing practice category and 18th in the master’s degree category. There are more than 500 nursing schools in the U.S. with master’s or doctoral programs.

In addition, the College of Nursing was ranked 4th in U.S. News’ 2019 Best Online Programs rankings in January.

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.