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March 15, 2011

Rush University Surpasses Previous Rankings in Latest U.S. News Grad Schools Survey

Rush University is well-represented in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” survey released on March 15 by U.S.News & World Report. Seven programs in the Rush College of Nursing and three programs in the Rush University College of Health Sciences are ranked among the top 19 in the country. Rush is a top-ranked university with an exclusive health science focus.

The Rush College of Nursing is ranked 15th among 467 nursing colleges with graduate programs and is ranked in the top ten in the nation in six nursing specialties:

  • Nursing Anesthesia – 3rd  (retained 3rd place since 2007)
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing– 4th  (up from 6th in 2007)
  • Adult/Medical Surgical Nursing – 4th (new to rankings since 2007)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner– 5th (up from 7th in 2007)
  • Gerontological/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner – 7th (up from 9th in 2007)
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner – 7th(up from 9th in 2007)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner - 19th

The Rush College of Health Sciences earned placement in three disciplines:

  • Master’s in Health System Management – 9th (up from 25th since 2007)
  • Doctor of Audiology (AuD) - 9th (not re-ranked this year)
  • Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology - 18th (not re-ranked this year)

Additionally, Rush Medical College is ranked 86th in primary care and 70th in research and the Rush University College of Health Sciences occupational therapy program is ranked 43rd.

“We are proud to be recognized by our peers for our commitment to preparing superb practitioners and leaders in the allied health professions,” said David C. Shelledy, PhD, dean of the College of Health Sciences at Rush University. “It is clear our students benefit from the Rush University practitioner-teacher model of integrating patient care, research, scholarship and service into the teaching-learning process.”

“It is gratifying to know that the excellent work of the College of Nursing faculty is acknowledged by our peers nationally. This honor must be shared with all the extraordinary staff nurses in the Rush University Medical Center whose exquisite contribution to the preparation of the next generation of nurses is inestimable,” said Melanie C. Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, Rush University College of Nursing. “While a U.S.News & World Report standing is not a primary motivator of what we do every day to advance nursing science and practice, it is a tribute to the continued leadership role of Rush in creating the future of nursing.”

The graduate health program rankings in U.S. News are based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. Respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a 5-point scale. Those schools with the highest average scores appear.

Nursing specialty rankings are based solely on ratings by educators at peer schools surveyed in 2011. Nursing educators nominated up to 10 schools for excellence in each area. Surveys were conducted by the market research firm Synovate.

“Once again, Rush University’s Graduate program rankings have demonstrated that Rush is an outstanding place for health professions students to prepare for their fields. Our practitioner-teacher educational model, hands-on practice-based learning, and outstanding faculty combine to create the outstanding environment for these successful programs. I congratulate the leaders of these programs and the wonderful students who they are educating,” said Dr. Thomas A. Deutsch, provost, Rush University. 

Rush University is the academic component of Rush University Medical Center, a leading academic medical center. Rush University was founded in 1972 and has expanded from one college and fewer than 100 students to four colleges and nearly 2,000 students. It includes Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and The Graduate College. Rush University is known for its practitioner-teacher model, translational research, nurturing academic environment and focus on community and global health.

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