School of Nursing

March 20, 2018

Announcing the No. 1 public School of Nursing!

Azita Emami

I am thrilled to be the first to let you know that we received our rankings from U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate Schools!

Our rankings are:

  • No. 1 public nursing school with a Doctor of Nursing Practice program, No. 3 among private and public schools
  • No. 1 public nursing school with a Master’s program, and No. 5 among private and public schools
  • No. 1 DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner program (tied with Duke University)

Other highly ranked UW School of Nursing specialties included:

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care: 3
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health, Across the Lifespan: 4
  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care: 7
  • Nurse-Midwifery: 12 (tied with Columbia University and New York University)
  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care: 13

Often, the magazine reveals additional top-ranked specialty programs on the day of the public announcement. Please visit for the most up-to-date list. For the full listings and information about the magazine’s methodology, visit

QS World University Rankings

Additionally, our school was ranked No. 8 in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings for Nursing, which was released recently. This is the second consecutive year that UW has ranked in the top 10 nursing schools globally. These rankings are based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Fulfilling our mission

Rankings like these are a wonderful reminder to celebrate the hard work, dedication and passion of our students, faculty, staff, community and clinical partners, alumni and friends. I am thankful every day for the contributions you make to ensure we produce incredible nurses prepared to fight for health equity, protect human rights, promote wellness and reduce health disparities.

During our celebrations, we must remember that magazine rankings do not ultimately prepare future nurse leaders, advance nursing science or ensure health equity for all people. Therefore, our barometer for success must remain our student’s preparation, our contribution to scientific knowledge and our impact on the communities we serve.

Exceptional work happens every day at the UW School of Nursing, and I appreciate your continued dedication and service to our students and the health of our community. Together, we are boundless.