Pitt’s School of Nursing earns No. 7 ranking among nation’s best graduate schools

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing has once again earned a top 10 spot in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of Best Graduate School.

The 2023 ranking puts the School of Nursing DNP (Doctor of Nursing) Practice in the No. 7 spot (tie). Individual programs ranked include the Administrative DNP program at No. 5 (tie) and Family DNP at No. 13 (tie).

“Pitt Nursing is extremely proud of our top-quality DNP programs and the contributions of the graduates to the health of PA and beyond,” said Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Distinguished Service Professor of Nursing.

The School of Nursing DNP program received an overall score of 83 out of 100. The U.S. News rankings are based on 14 indicators including quality assessment, faculty resources, DNP student selectivity and DNP program size, and research activity. Pitt’s 2021 DNP acceptance rate of 34.9% is one of the lowest rates out of the top 25 schools, making it one of the most selective programs in the country. 120 students were enrolled full-time in the program in 2021, while 78 students were enrolled on a part-time basis. 57 DNP degrees were awarded in 2021.

In terms of faculty, 100% of full-time faculty hold a doctoral degree and the DNP student to faculty ratio is 1.4.

In January, the School of Nursing’s Online MSN program received a No. 1 (tie) ranking from U.S. News and World Report. The BSN program was ranked No. 7 by the publication in 2021.

More than 13,000 students have graduated from Pitt’s School of Nursing and are changing the face of nursing and health care. Graduates not only treat patients but are at the helms of health care systems and help develop and implement global policies.