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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Ranked #2 by U.S. News & World Report

Mar 10, 2015

U.S. News & World Report has once again named the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) as one of the top 5 accredited nursing school graduate programs in the nation, ranking it #2 in its survey for 2016. JHSON tied for the second place ranking with University of California—San Francisco. In addition, JHSON’s online graduate nursing programs were recently ranked #3 by U.S. News & World Report.

"This top ranked recognition is a reflection of the strategic and innovative work that is happening at our school and across Hopkins,” said Dean Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “Our faculty, students and alumni continue to have tremendous impact both locally and globally in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Intimate Partner Violence, Nursing Ethics, and Aging to name only a few."

Rankings in specialty areas include:

For the full rankings and data, visit Best Nursing School Rankings.

"This honor comes at a distinct and exciting time in nursing leadership given the redesign of healthcare in the U.S., and we are fully engaged in helping elevate the role of nursing science in healthcare innovation and delivery. We will continue our commitment to meet the need for a more highly-educated and diverse nursing workforce, focusing on seamless academic progression, affordability, and interprofessional education."

This year, JHSON launched a Master’s Entry Program and innovative programs in mental health and HIV/AIDS, tripled its PhD program, spearheaded a national summit to promote nursing ethics, and expanded its research efforts.

Traditionally measured by peer assessment, this year’s rankings also took into account quantitative factors such as enrollment, financial aid, tuition cost, student expenses and demographics, programs offered, grade point averages, and amount of research funding received from the National Institutes of Health and other educational and practice initiative grants. Other changes to the 2016 methodology include specialty rankings in new categories—clinical nurse leader, informatics, anesthesia, and midwifery, several of which JHSON does not offer—and the omission of previously-ranked specialties like adult/medical-surgical, nurse practitioner adult, and community-public health, in which the school formerly ranked # 1. The frequency of the ranking has also changed from once every four years to yearly.

"Even as a top-ranked institution, our work is never finished," Davidson says, calling the rankings a reminder to be innovative and open to new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships both locally and globally. "We’re looking forward to even greater progress and achievement."

Johns Hopkins was the only university to rank in the top 5 in all three divisions of nursing, public health, and medicine, with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ranking #1 and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine ranking #3.