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March 26, 2012

Rush University Enjoys Strong Rankings in Latest U.S.News & World Report Grad School Survey

(CHICAGO) — Rush University is well-represented in the 2013 edition of the America's Best Graduate Schools survey released March 13 by U.S.News & World Report. Seven programs in the Rush College of Nursing and two 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 it is ranked in the top 20 in the nation in six nursing specialties:

  • Nursing Anesthesia - third (retained third place since 2007)
  • Adult/Medical Surgical Nursing - fourth (new to rankings since 2007)
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing - fourth (up from sixth in 2007)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - fifth (up from seventh in 2007)
  • Gerontological/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner - seventh (up from ninth in 2007)
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner - seventh (up from ninth in 2007)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner - 19th

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

  • Master’s in Health System Management – ninth (up from 25th since 2007)
  • Doctor of Audiology (AuD) - 10th

Additionally, Rush Medical College is ranked 86th in primary care and 70th in research.   Rush University College of Health Sciences’ speech-language pathology program is ranked 29th, and its occupational therapy program is ranked 43rd.

"We are honored to be recognized by our peers for our commitment to preparing practitioners and leaders in the allied health professions," said David C. Shelledy, PhD, dean of the College of Health Sciences at Rush University. "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 nationally by our peers. This honor is shared with all the staff nurses in the Rush University Medical Center whose extraordinary 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 reflects 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, and other administrators or faculty, or both, at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. Respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a five-point scale. Schools with the highest average scores appear in the rankings.

Nursing specialty rankings are based solely on ratings by educators at peer schools surveyed in 2012. Nursing educators nominated up to 10 schools for excellence in each area. Surveys were conducted by the market research firm Synovate.

"Rush University's Graduate program rankings continue to demonstrated that Rush is an outstanding place for health profession students to prepare for their health sciences fields," said Dr. Thomas A. Deutsch, provost, Rush University. "I congratulate the practitioner-teacher leaders of these programs and the exceptional students they are educating."

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 an all-time high of 2,115 students this year. 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.


Rush is a not-for-profit academic medical center comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.

Rush's mission is to provide the best possible care for its patients.  Educating tomorrow’s health care professional, researching new and more advanced treatment options, transforming its facilities and investing in new technologies—all are undertaken with the drive to improve patient care now, and for the future.


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