Rush University Earns Top U.S. News Rankings

College of Nursing strengthens its reputation for excellence in U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Graduate Schools released March 30, with four No. 1 rankings and four more programs in the top 5

Awards, Rankings and Recognitions March 29, 2021
US News Best Grad Schools - Docctor of Nursing Practice 2022

Rush University College of Nursing strengthened its national reputation for excellence, receiving four No. 1 rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings released March 30. That includes the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which vaulted seven spots to take the No. 1 ranking.

Rush’s DNP program has ranked in the top five in four of five years since U.S. News introduced the category. DNP programs are assessed using the following criteria: peer assessment scores, faculty resources, student selectivity and program size, and research activity.

In addition to the overall DNP category, the College of Nursing ranks No. 1 in the following DNP specialty rankings:

  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • Pediatric Acute Care DNP
  • Pediatric Primary Care DNP

Additionally, in January the College of Nursing ranked first for the second straight year in U.S. News’ Best Online Programs list.

“U.S. News’ rankings reflect our high standards, and are a tribute to our excellent faculty, staff and students,” says Christine M. Kennedy, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing. “We are so proud of everyone involved and are committed to finding even more ways to innovate and excel. Achieving this during the stress of the COVID-19 year is even more gratifying.”

The College of Nursing ranked in the top 5 in four other categories:

  • Nursing Administration (No. 2)
  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner — Primary Care (No. 2)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (No. 3)
  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner — Acute Care (No. 4)

The College of Nursing also moved up 11 places in the Master’s Degree category to No. 13.

This year U.S. News assessed nearly 600 nursing schools in the U.S. with master’s or doctoral programs.

College of Health Sciences

Four College of Health Sciences disciplines remain ranked by U.S. News:

  • Audiology — Doctorate (No. 8, ranked in 2021)
  • Health Systems Management (No. 5, ranked in 2020)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (No. 16, ranked in 2021)
  • Occupational Therapy (No. 23, ranked in 2021)

Since 2008, the Audiology program has been ranked in the top 10 each year U.S. News has updated its list.

Rush Medical College

Rush Medical College ranks 64th in U.S. News’ Research category and 69th in Primary Care.

Rush is No. 62 in the Most Diverse Medical Schools category, which is a new ranking this year.

About Rush University

Rush University is a health science university that is integral to the Rush System, an academic health system that includes Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient care facilities. The system integrates outstanding patient care, education, and research and community partnerships.

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 more than 2,755 students in the 2019-20 academic 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 high-quality health care education, supportive learning environment, engagement with the urban community and forward-looking education approach.

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