Rush University a Strong Performer in 2021 U.S. News Rankings

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(CHICAGO) — Graduate programs across Rush University are ranked among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate Schools edition released March 17, with eight nursing programs and one health sciences programs ranked in the top 10.

The Rush University College of Nursing improved in four categories and has three programs ranked second in the nation:

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Acute Care)
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care)
  • Nursing Leadership

“We are thrilled to be recognized as one of the top nursing schools in the country,” said Barbara Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, interim dean of the College of Nursing. “We are dedicated to preparing transformative nurse leaders, and it’s exciting to see we continue to be recognized for our efforts by U.S. News. These rankings are a testament to the quality of our students and the passion of our faculty.”

The following Rush nursing programs are also ranked:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (No. 3)
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (No. 3)
  • Nursing Administration/Management (No. 4)
  • Clinical Nurse Leader (No. 5)
  • Nursing Anesthesia (No. 4, ranked in 2016)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (No. 5, ranked in 2019)

The College of Nursing is ranked eighth in the Doctor in Nursing Practice category and 24th in the Master’s Degree category. There are more than 600 nursing schools in the U.S. with master’s or doctoral programs.

Additionally, in January the College of Nursing ranked first in U.S. News’ 2020 Best Online Programs list and first among Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs for Veterans.

Rush’s College of Health Sciences has two disciplines ranked in the top 10:

  • Audiology — Doctorate (No. 8)
  • Health Systems Management (No. 5, ranked in 2020)

The Audiology program has been ranked in the top 10 each year since the program’s first ranking in 2008.

Additionally, the College of Health Sciences’ Speech-Language Pathology program jumped from 24th to 16th in the rankings, and the school’s Occupational Therapy program garnered its first ranking (No. 23) since becoming a fully accredited doctoral-level program in 2019.

“These rankings reflect our outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said Charlotte Royeen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FASAHP, FNAP dean of the College of Health Sciences. “With the support of an excellent University, we continue our dedication to academic quality."

Rush Medical College ranked 58th in U.S. News’ Research category, improving 12 spots from the previous year, and placed 68th in Primary Care.


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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