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U.S. News & World Report has named the University of Washington School of Nursing number one, with a perfect score of 100, in the category of Top Schools that offer Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs as part of the 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings. This was the first-ever national ranking of DNP programs by the magazine.

“We are so pleased to have achieved the No. 1 place,” said Azita Emami, the school’s executive dean. “As leaders and early adopters of this program, we continue to believe that the DNP will play an increasingly critical role in shaping the future of nursing and the health of the communities our graduates serve,” she said. “We are committed to excellence in nursing education, research and service; our rankings are but one reflection of the incredible talent and dedication of our students, faculty and staff.”
The school remains fourth-ranked nationally for its Master’s program. Specialty programs were ranked as follows:

  • #1 for Family Nurse Practitioner
  • #5 for Nurse Practitioner program in Adult/Gerontology Primary Care
  • #5 in Nurse Practitioner program for Psychiatric/Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan
  • #9 for Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • #10 for Nursing Informatics
  • #12 for Nurse Midwifery

By adding a DNP ranking, the magazine now reflects national recommendations to move practice-focused education to the doctoral (DNP) level.

Last year, the School joined several other premiere nursing establishments in advocating for U.S. News to improve their methodology. Together, the schools pressed for rankings that more accurately convey the depth and diversity of work being done by all participating nursing graduate schools, and guide and advise on improved metrics for both the Master’s programs and the inaugural DNP programs.
“I am proud that these efforts resulted in changes that give a more complete picture of nursing graduate education in the U.S.,” Dean Emami said.

The UW School of Nursing remains committed to the most important measure of success: the ability to produce graduates that can advance nursing science and leadership to provide expert, evidence-based, culturally congruent care in Seattle and around the world.