Duquesne Nursing School Jumps 52 Spots in U.S. News Grad Rankings

Duquesne University has broken into the Top 100 Best Graduate Schools of Nursing, according to U.S. News and World Report.

In the newly released 2016 Best Graduate Schools list, U.S. News ranked Duquesne’s School of Nursing at No. 75 in the Best Nursing Schools category, marking a significant 52-spot jump from 2012, when the school ranked at No. 127.

“This new ranking reflects the School of Nursing as No. 8 among Catholic universities and an increase in our national ranking to No. 75,” said Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, dean and professor of nursing. “The Duquesne School of Nursing’s increased ranking by U.S. News and World Report is a direct result of the faculty’s efforts to increase innovation, research and quality.”  

The School of Nursing, which tied with the University of Arkansas and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, was among just 246 nursing master’s programs across the nation to be included in the 2016 rankings by U.S. News. The publication considered a weighted average of 13 indicators for its methodology, including quality assessment; student selectivity and achievement; faculty resources; research activity; overall rank; and specialty rankings.

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Duquesne’s School of Nursing became the first in the nation to offer an online Ph.D. program in 1997. Its additional graduate offerings include the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, the Post Master’s Certificate (PMC) program and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The MSN and PMC programs include three specialty tracks: Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner, Forensic Nursing, and the Nursing Education and Faculty Role. 

U.S. News recently ranked Duquesne at No. 9 in the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs category and at No. 3 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans. In addition, the nursing school is listed at No. 5 among the Top 30 online MSN in nursing degrees ranked by student-faculty ratio according to www.bestmasterofscienceinnursing.com, and it was included in the 2014 Military Friendly Schools List. The School of Nursing has twice earned the coveted designation as a Center of Excellence from the National League for Nursing, and is the only Pennsylvania school to hold this honor.

“I would like to thank the School of Nursing faculty and staff for their collective efforts on achieving this accomplishment,” said Glasgow. “As with any significant recognition or success, it requires a team approach. We are extremely fortunate to have a faculty and staff that work very well together.”


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