March 15, 2011--The 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" now places the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing master's programs #1 among all accredited nursing school graduate programs. Johns Hopkins Nursing moved from a #4 ranking in 2008 to tie for this honor with the nursing schools at the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania.
In a school-wide announcement, Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, noted that, "This news is very exciting. To have this national recognition of the school is enormously gratifying. We do have splendid faculty, spectacular students, and strong staff--and our donors, friends, and alumni are also #1. We are the nursing education and research place to be--the place where exceptional people discover possibilities that change their lives and the world."
A hallmark of Hopkins nursing education, the Community/Public Health master's programs, also achieved the #1 position in this year's rankings, tying for the position with the University of Washington. The School was previously ranked 2nd in the nation, a position it held since the category was introduced in 2001.
In other rankings, the School again advanced in the Nursing Service Administration specialty category to 5th place--from a previous position of 7th. And, for the first time, the school was among the top Family Nurse Practitioner programs with a ranking of 7th.
With the School of Nursing's new national recognition, the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus is now home to four top-ranked institutions. The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Bloomberg School of Public Health are also ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report, and the School of Medicine is #1 in research funding from the National Institute of Health funding.
The U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" rankings process is conducted every four years for nursing graduate schools. The methodology employed gathers opinion data from nursing school deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at nursing schools accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. These nursing education experts judge the overall quality of nursing graduate programs on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 as "marginal": and 5 as "outstanding."