College of Nursing Rankings


Rush University College of Nursing received top rankings in the 2020 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.

Ranked #2 in DNP by US News and World Report
Four of our programs rank among the top two in the nation:
  • Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN: No. 1
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: No. 1
  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: No. 2
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: No. 2
“We’re honored to be ranked so highly overall,” 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, and it’s exciting to see we continue to move in the right direction with our doctor of nursing practice program jumping to No. 2 in the nation and our master’s programs improving to No. 8. 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:
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: No.4
  • Nursing Anesthesia (No. 4; ranked in 2017)
  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care): No. 5
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: No. 5
  • Nursing Administration: No. 7

In addition, the College of Nursing was ranked 1st in U.S. News’ 2020 Best Online Programs rankings in January and first on the list of Best Online Master’s in 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.