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Master’s programs No. 2, Doctor of Nursing practice up two spots in U.S. News ranking
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Shumuriel Ratliff
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ATLANTA -- Graduate programs at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing are ranked among the best in the nation, according to analysis and surveys released today by U.S. News & World Report today. 

The MSN and MN programs remain at the No. 2 spot, while the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program rose two spots, to No. 6. Last fall, U.S. News ranked the school’s undergraduate programs No. 4 in the nation. 

“The rankings are a huge honor and recognition of the hard work taking place at the School of Nursing,” said Dean Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This is validation of our mission to prepare visionary nurse leaders and scientists with a thirst for discovery and a heart for patients and communities.”  

The School of Nursing has experienced record growth in the past three years with enrollment outpacing the national average by nearly 15 percent. In McCauley’s tenure, the school has grown from 475 to more than 1,200 students.  

In the past six months, faculty at the school have received numerous grants, including more than $2 million from DHHS/HRSA to increase resilience in the health workforce and more than $6 million from NIH for awards that aim to advance the science of translating environmental research to communities and to train clinicians in children’s environmental health.  The school finished last fiscal year with $10.5 million in NIH funding, third among top nursing schools.  

Later this summer, doors will open at the new, Emory Nursing Learning Center—a $20.6 million, 70,000 square foot expansion in nearby Decatur, Ga. Beyond housing the school’s continuing education offices, the building will include a state-of-the-art simulation space, skills labs and spaces for collaboration and innovation.  

Multiple graduate specialties at the School of Nursing are also ranked nationally, including: 

  • 5 – Family (MSN) 
  • 4 – Adult/Gero Acute Care (MSN) 
  • 7 – Adult/Gero Acute Care (DNP) 
  • 4 – Adult/Gero Primary Care (MSN) 
  • 6 – Family (DNP) 

U.S. News calculates rankings with multiple measurements of a school’s research efforts, student success, and reputation. Complete information on the rankings is published on the U.S. News website. 

About the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing 

Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing produces nurse leaders who are transforming healthcare through science, education, practice, and policy. Graduates go on to become national and international leaders in patient care, public health, government, research, and education. Others become qualified to seek certification as nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives. The doctor of nurse practice (DNP) program trains nurse anesthetist and/or advanced leaders in healthcare administration. The school also maintains a PhD program in partnership with Emory's Laney Graduate School. 

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