RUSH University Shines as a Top-Ranked Institution in the Best Graduate Schools Rankings

RUSH’s reputation for excellence is reinforced by top-tier U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 Best Graduate Schools rankings
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RUSH University College of Nursing continues to be recognized as one of the top nursing schools in the country, earning rankings in the top 5 across all programs, and securing the No. 1 ranking for the Clinical Nurse Leader program and the No. 2 spot for the overall DNP program for the second consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The College of Nursing programs ranked in the top five in eight categories:

  • Clinical Nurse Leader, Master’s (No. 1)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (No. 2)
  • Pediatric, Primary Care (No. 2)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (No. 3)
  • Psych Mental Health (No. 3)
  • Adult Gerontology, Acute Care (No. 4)
  • Adult Gerontology, Primary Care (No. 4)
  • Nursing Administration (No. 5)

In January, the College of Nursing Master's degree ranked No. 10 in U.S. News’ 2023 Best Online Program list, marking the first time the Generalist Entry Master’s program has been included in the online category.

“We are thrilled that our programs continue to be acknowledged as some of the best in the country,” says Christine Kennedy, PhD, RN, FAAN, the John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean, College of Nursing and Interim Provost for RUSH University. “These rankings reflect the extraordinary efforts of our students, faculty and staff. I applaud everyone involved and couldn’t be prouder.”

College of Health Sciences

Five College of Health Sciences programs achieve or retained strong rankings this year, including two top ten programs:

  • Health Systems Management (No. 3)
  • Audiology – Doctorate (No. 8, ranked 2021)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (No. 16, ranked 2021)
  • Occupational Therapy (No. 23, ranked 2021)
  • Physician Assistant (No. 50)

"I am very proud to have our Health Systems Management program recognized as a top-tier program once again,” says Charlotte Royeen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FASAHP, FNAP, dean, College of Health Sciences. “RUSH’s educational excellence continues to be a hallmark of our students’ experience.”

RUSH Medical College

RUSH Medical College ranks 68th in U.S. News’ Research category, 67th in Primary Care and 58th in Diversity.

“I am tremendously proud of the effort of all of our faculty, staff and students who have made RUSH Medical College a remarkable place of discovery and learning,” said Cynthia Brincat, MD, PhD, acting dean, RUSH Medical College. “RUSH continues to be an institution where students can learn in our classrooms, gain knowledge through an outstanding clinical experience and push forward through research.”

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 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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