Two University of Arizona College of Nursing graduate programs received new rankings in the latest U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Graduate Schools list. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was ranked 31 and our Master of Science for Entry into the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) program was ranked 45. As if that isn’t good enough news, our programs ranked high enough to be placed on the highly-coveted list of badge-eligible 2021 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools.
U.S. News & World Report ranks programs based on student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, student excellence and expert opinion. Rankings include schools and programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine. The rankings in these six areas are based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.
"Because of the creative talents of faculty, our DNP program continues to be a leader in advanced practice specialties, and in unique informatics and rural telehealth certificates.” ~ UArizona Nursing Dean Ki Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN
“Due to the creative talents of our faculty, the College of Nursing is consistently ranked in the top 50 out of over 500 colleges of nursing across the country and we are proud to carry on that tradition,” said UArizona Nursing Dean Ki Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our DNP program continues to be a leader in advanced practice specialties and DNP graduates are assuming leadership positions that will insure best health care practices in organizations across the country. The MEPN program is a vitally important degree for retraining individuals to enter the nursing field and prepares students for a wide range of positions. Because of their diverse backgrounds and critical thinking skills, graduates rapidly progress to leadership positions throughout health care institutions.”
With DNP prepared advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in demand across the health care industry, our hybrid program allows APRN students to obtain their doctorate in 2.5 years (full-time). The DNP program offers 5 clinical specialties, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The UArizona DNP program utilizes a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives and clinical placements that are specific for the students APRN specialty.
“The DNP program prepares the next generation of healthcare providers to lead clinical innovation, in a complex and changing healthcare environment, that positively impacts the health outcomes of the people they care for on a daily basis,” said Interim DNP Program Director Allen Prettyman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP.
A master's degree in nursing can pave the way for more advanced roles in administration and leadership. With DNPs in demand across the health care industry, our hybrid program allows students to obtain their doctorate in as little as 2.5 years (full-time). The UArizona DNP program utilizes a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives and on-ground practicum and clinical placements.
UArizona Nursing’s MEPN Online Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership program is designed to strengthen students’ patient care and leadership abilities as well as expanding their expertise and understanding of emerging interventions and technologies. The program also teaches students about the inner workings of care systems across a spectrum of health environments.
For a full list of UArizona U.S. News & World Report rankings, please visit https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools.