School of Nursing

March 29, 2022

The Nation’s Leading Public Nursing School

US News & World Report has once again named the UW School of Nursing America’s leading educator of nurses among public colleges/universities offering Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and master’s programs.

We are particularly proud of having sustained our position in the top tier of nursing schools over many years. This speaks to the consistency of our efforts, the strength of our faculty, and the sustained emphasis on excellence to which faculty and students, supported by staff, have contributed.

In addition to the overall #1 ranking among public universities, we were among the top schools in the country in multiple categories:

  • We tied for #2 overall in the nation among DNP programs
  • We are #5 overall in the nation among master’s degree programs, which are offered at our UWB and UWT campuses
  • We were tied for #5 nationally among DNP programs with a pediatric acute care focus
  • We were ranked #10 nationally among DNP programs with a family nurse practitioner focus
  • These results are in addition to the USN&WR ranking last fall of our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which was #1 among public universities and tied for #2 as the country’s best program among all universities and colleges

This year USN&WR ranked more than 160 schools with DNP programs and more than 200 schools with master’s programs. Both the master’s and DNP rankings are based on a weighted average of 14 indicators. These include four research activity indicators, faculty credentials, the percentage of faculty members with important achievements, and faculty participation in nursing practice.

We have reached the pinnacle of recognition for our performance because of contributions by many individuals and organizations beyond the campus, from the state legislature which provides economic resources, to our clinical partners, local communities, volunteers advisory board, and the UW administration.

The UW School of nursing remain focused on the values that underlie excellence in educating nurse-leaders. We are always looking ahead because we are educating the next generation of nurses now. Healthcare equity, access to primary care, antiracism, social determinants of health, and how to better foster wellness rather than just treat illness are core issues for us. These are not directly reflected in rankings, but they are an essential part of who we are as a leader among nursing schools nationally.

We are humbled by the rankings recognition and committed to maintaining the excellence that earned us that recognition.