‘U.S. News & World Report’ Ranks Graduate Nursing Programs

FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing rapidly rises to No. 44 and No. 46 in latest "U.S. News & World Report" national ranking of best graduate nursing programs.

FAU’s College of Nursing ranks third in the state of Florida for both its MSN and DNP programs.

By gisele galoustian | 4/1/2016

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University has received a ranking of No. 46 for its Master of Science Nursing (MSN) program and No. 44 for its Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program by the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Graduate Schools Guidebook. The College has quickly risen from its previous ranking of No. 72 for its master’s and doctoral programs in 2016, and this is the highest ranking for FAU’s graduate nursing programs in its 27-year history.    

FAU’s College of Nursing ranks third in the state of Florida for both its MSN and DNP programs.  

“We are extremely proud of our graduate nursing programs and we are honored by this recognition from U.S. News & World Report,” said Marlaine Smith, R.N., Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Nursing. “This recognition underscores the commitment of our faculty to provide high quality and innovative learning experiences for our students, which are truly making a difference in their careers.”  

A total of 519 accredited institutions were eligible to be included in the rankings of master’s or doctoral nursing programs — 259 were included in rankings based on a weighted average of 13 indicators for the master’s program rankings and 149 qualified for the DNP rankings. The magazine evaluated a number of criteria for the rankings, including acceptance rates, average GPAs, student/faculty ratio, degrees awarded, peer assessments, quality of faculty, enrollment and National Institutes of Health and other federally-funded research and teaching grants.

FAU’s College of Nursing excelled in the number of master’s degrees awarded, in the percent of faculty with doctoral degrees and percent with distinguished fellowships, placing the College in the top 25 of the ranked schools in those categories.

FAU’s College of Nursing is internationally known for its commitment to nursing as a discipline focused on nurturing the wholeness of persons and the environment through Caring. The College advances Caring knowledge through education, practice, research and scholarship to transform care locally, nationally and globally. Currently, the College of Nursing offers bachelor’s, master’s, DNP and Ph.D. degree programs with approximately 1,600 nursing students enrolled in its programs. For more information, visit www.nursing.fau.edu.