College of Nursing Earns High Ranking Nationally in U.S. News ‘Best Graduate Schools 2021’ Rankings

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U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Nursing #64 for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (tie)—up from #76 in 2019—and highest among Jesuit schools included in the DNP rankings.

There are currently over 300 DNP programs in the United States, which puts Seattle University in the top 22% nationally.

In 2012, the college admitted its first students to the post-master’s DNP in Health Systems Leadership. The DNP program currently admits students to five advanced practice tracks including: 

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwifery (CNM)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

To date, there have been 45 graduates of the DNP in Health Systems Leadership program and Seattle U’s first class of seven DNP prepared Nurse Practitioners are set to graduate in 2020. 

In a message to the college’s faculty and staff, Provost, Shane P. Martin said, “As a former dean of a professional school, I know that this is a powerful indication of the quality of your program. I am very proud of the work you do, and as I watch nurses around the world being the heroes of humanity, I know that we are making our contribution at this moment through our own well-prepared CON graduates.”