DNP program ranked No. 6 in the nation by U.S. News

Master’s program ranked No. 19, highest in Illinois

College of Nursing

The UIC College of Nursing doctor of nursing practice program was ranked No. 6 in the country in the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings for 2021, making it the highest ranked DNP program in the Midwest.

The master’s program landed at No. 19 in the rankings, the highest ranked program of its kind in Illinois.

“It’s gratifying to see these rankings validate what we already know about our graduate programs,” says Dean Terri Weaver. “That we offer broad and deep clinical experiences, courses taught by top-notch faculty, access to world-class research and an environment that champions academic rigor.”

Among DNP specialties, UIC Nursing was ranked:

  • No. 8 for Adult Gerontology, Acute Care
  • No. 6 for Adult Gerontology, Primary Care

The rankings, released on March 17, included 236 master’s programs and 170 doctor of nursing practice programs. Rankings are based on a weighted average of 14 indicators, including research activity indicator —such as faculty credentials, achievements and participation in practice—and the ratings of academic experts (fellow deans asked to rate the academic quality of master’s and DNP programs).

In a separate list of health schools, the college’s DNP program in nurse-midwifery was ranked No. 13 in the nation. Those rankings included 36 doctoral and master’s programs in nursing midwifery accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. The health rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys.